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    NAA Update: NAA survey – initial headline findings, and upcoming events

    The initial findings from the recent NAA survey show that you would like us to do more of what we’re doing, plus a lot more I am writing this just after the launch of The Proving Factory. Richard Bruges was one of the first people I met outside of the NW when I joined the […]

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    In the Driving Seat: David Teale, Chief Executive, North of England Excellence

    David Teale is Chief Executive of North of England Excellence, which works to improve the competitiveness and productivity of the northern economy, and helps organisations enhance performance by inspiring, supporting and recognising excellence Name David Teale Company North of England Excellence Position Chief Executive Apart from that Chairman Solutions SK Chairman Individual Solutions SK Board […]

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    Benefits of being an NAA member: Oaktec

    There are many companies that have gained numerous benefits from being members of the Northwest Automotive Alliance. One such company is Oaktec – find out why Paul Andrews, owner of Oaktec, explains how the NAA has helped to transform his business: “Oaktec is a small technology innovation business in the low carbon transport powertrain sector. […]

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    NAA Member Company News: Oaktec bio-gas engine concept wins Energy Catalyst funding

    An award-winning engine invention developed by Lancashire-based innovation company Oaktec has won UK government funding to develop the concept to generate electricity from bio-waste Oaktec has won a £214,000 grant from the new Energy Catalyst initiative run by Innovate UK to design a new version of its highly successful Pulse-R prototype that will produce efficient […]

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    NAA Member Company News: Performance Springs wins Ricardo Supplier of the Year Award

    Performance Springs has won the Ricardo ‘Victoria’ Supplier of the Year Award 2014. Victoria is the high performance engine product supplied by Ricardo, which is also claimed to be best in class for efficiency Performance Springs supplies valve springs for use in the engine, which won the 3 to 4-litre International Engine of the Year […]

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    NAA Member Company News: Junair Spraybooths Installs New Commercial Spraybooths for Alexander Dennis (Plaxton)

    Junair Spraybooths has recently installed two new state-of-the-art, energy efficient commercial spraybooths for Plaxton, part of the Alexander Dennis Limited group, the UK’s largest bus and coach builder Plaxton has over 100 years’ experience in building coaches and buses. The company’s coach range includes Cheetah xl, Leopard, Panther, Elite and Elite i. From its state […]

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    Bentley Awarded Top Employer For Fourth Consecutive Year

    For the fourth consecutive year, Bentley Motors has been named as one of Britain’s top employers by the Top Employers Institute. Bentley has been awarded for its commitment and dedication to the personal development of its 3,800 colleagues working at the Crewe headquarters, and was particularly praised for its focus on the career and succession […]

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    Lancashire Innovates

    Lancashire Innovates helps companies develop a culture of continuous growth through innovation, and trains 3-12 staff members to become innovation specialist practitioners within their workplace. Free Innovation coaching for 3-12 staff members, provided by Pera Training (average value c. £15k) A day’s free coaching on the Innovation Champions course (value of free module c. £1k) […]

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    The Proving Factory – open for business

    The Proving Factory is now officially open for business, following the formal opening at the assembly facility in Coventry, with guest of honour Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable. A £22 million manufacturing initiative in the UK, The Proving Factory takes low-carbon vehicle technologies developed by small high-tech British companies and university research departments, industrialises them […]

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    UK To Lead Development Of Driverless Car Technology

    Testing driverless cars on public roads given green light. A major review has confirmed the UK is uniquely positioned to develop driverless car technology. Up to now, the scope for testing driverless cars has been limited, but today (11 February 2015) industry has been given the green light for testing on public roads. The UK’s […]

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