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    NAA Business Excellence Programme Update: New members, new projects, new events

    This past month has once again been extremely busy supporting companies with applications for Business Excellence mentoring and technical support and we have now received applications to subsidise 82 projects; the vast majority of which have been supported and progressed. We have also seen a surge in new members wishing to gain support through the project which is fantastic news for all involved

    As stated last month, there is a considerable amount of funding remaining in all other North West areas outside of Merseyside, so please contact myself or Amanda Holmes ( if you would like support.

    New Members

    Over recent weeks, membership has increased dramatically to 97 members due to the addition of 11 new companies requiring support through the programme and we are working on increased numbers of new projects throughout the region with many more on the horizon.

    We therefore welcome the following companies to the programme:

    • Ancorra Environmental
    • Fuel Economy Solution
    • Voyager MPV
    • AC Plastics
    • Flowcrete UK
    • Movetech UK
    • Autac Products
    • Lubepak
    • PREA
    • New-Tonne Lifting Services
    • Axion Recycling

    If you know of any companies in the North West region who you believe would benefit from BEP, then I would appreciate it if you would provide me with their contact details to follow up or pass on mine or Amanda’s.

    We have a busy month regarding Business Excellence Networking events taking place across the region!

    The NAA is hosting a Member Networking event at Pirelli in Carlisle on 20 November and we have organised a BE new member registration opportunity prior to the start of the networking event. We are therefore in the process of contacting Cumbrian and North Lancashire based businesses to attend this event which will give them an opportunity to join the programme and attend the event at Pirelli (at no cost) afterwards.

    The registrations will take place from 10.30am until 12.00 noon (appointment slots to be arranged closer to event) and will lead into the main NAA member networking event and lunch; which promises to be a great event at a very impressive site. If you are aware of any supply chain contacts that you may have in this area; please make them aware of this event and ask them to make contact with us prior to book their places.

    In addition to this, the next Business Excellence networking meeting will be held on Thursday 5 December. It will commence at 11.45am with a tour of Scorpion Automotive, guided by MD Mark Downing and will then move to the David Lloyd Club at Chorley (about 1 mile away) for lunch, and presentations from:

    • Mark Downing, Scorpion Automotive
    • Caroline Watson, Energy Saving Trust – Plugged-in Fleets Initiative
    • Wendy Bowers, Winning Pitch – Growth Accelerator
    • Barbara Singleton, UKTI

    If you would like to attend either of these events, please register with Zoe Desoer,

    Again, due to the success of the programme so far, it is clear that there is great benefit to be gained from becoming a member of the Business Excellence network and we recommend joining soon to take full advantage of the funding available for Mentoring and Technical Support projects.

    Contact Me
    If you are interested in finding out more about the Business Excellence Programme and any of the above, then please contact me. My email and telephone numbers are as follows:, telephone 07870 812214 (direct mobile).

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Dr Martin Andrews
    Northwest Automotive Alliance

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