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    In the Driving Seat: Alex Robinson, Supply Chain Development Manager, SMMT

    Alex Robinson, Supply Chain Development Manager, SMMT, seems to have two sides to him – by day, he helps the nation’s automotive companies; by night, he can be found running around London’s canal network

    Alex Robinson

    The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders Limited (SMMT)

    Supply Chain Development Manager

    Association with NAA
    As the national trade association for automotive, SMMT works with the NAA in partnership to further the automotive interests of companies based in the North West of England and support their development in the wider UK, Europe and globally. Recently SMMT and NAA jointly held a successful SME road show event on 7 March to provide support and assistance to companies based in the North West.

    Having grown up in the North East, I now live in London and work at the SMMT offices based in the heart of Westminster.

    Living in London is certainly an interesting place if you are not a native, with new and exciting events or activities to try on a weekly basis. Major recent highlights of London living would have to include the London Olympics, the opportunity to watch a whole host of events on the doorstep is something that will forever live with me.

    In the main my personal interests have centered on sport, having played tennis competitively throughout my youth at a national level and I am also an avid football fan but in the main I tend to watch all sports with the Masters golf currently on while I write this! Since living in London I have taken up running in a big way, entering a series of 10k’s and half marathons. I have my first marathon this year in Edinburgh in May and it is very much a case of getting out on the canals most evenings which does help to relax you after a stressful day in the office.

    Favourite football team
    Newcastle United

    Musical performer
    James Blake

    Good Bye Lenin!

    My Biography, Kevin Keegan

    Best motoring moment
    The sense of achievement when a company you have supported wins new business, secures government funding, or expands their workforce/facilities.

    Best business advice you’ve ever received?
    Network, network, network!

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham