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    NAA Event: Are you a winner? Applications now open for the 2017 NAA Awards

    You can now submit an entry for the 2017 NAA Awards; this is your chance to enjoy the glory of having your company’s achievements recognised by the industry…


    Becoming a shortlisted applicant at the Northern Automotive Alliance Business Awards will provide your organisation with the opportunity to be recognised as a leading player in the automotive industry. Scorpion Automotive was the NAA Company of the Year winner in 2016; could it be your company this time?

    Your organisation will benefit from being highlighted on the evening at the 2017 NAA Awards dinner in front of key individuals from the region’s automotive community and leaders of the automotive community from across the UK, and in subsequent nationwide PR about the event and the Awards.

    This year the Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday 9 November at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Knutsford, and our Award categories are…

    Innovation Award

    This Award is open to all companies and is for technical innovation, in relation to either a product or a process. Innovation projects entered for this category would typically have had the benefit of grant funding (either Innovate UK or other) during the year. Innovations and the Award application should detail demonstrable, quantified benefits. Credit will be given for positive environmental impact, proven results, unique and innovative solutions.

    Trade Award

    This Award is open to all companies, who have been involved in exporting their products during 2016. You will need to demonstrate your marketing strategy and delivery status of the strategy. You will also need to share details of the actions that you have completed (such as show attendance, market research etc) and also the overall results in terms of leads and orders. It is important to include quantified evidence within your submission.

    Logistics Excellence (SMEs only)

    This Award is for an SME that can demonstrate all round logistical success, innovation, and, above all, excellence. This success can be focused on general business performance, launch or development of a new logistics process, environmental impact or people engagement. As well as the result, the process undertaken (the quality of the activity), opportunity to leverage the benefits and sustainability will be strongly considered. The project must be concluded and evidence of the benefits validated. Short-listed candidates will be subject to a site visit.

    People & Skills (SMEs only)

    This Award will acknowledge and celebrate investment in skills by a small to medium sized enterprise employing less than 250 people in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector. This category will recognise a business that invests in the training and development of its workforce. Judges will be looking for applicants able to demonstrate that they are a leading light in this area by showing clear evidence of how investment in skills can bring benefits to people and businesses alike. Shortlisted candidates will be subject to a site visit.

    Manufacturing Excellence (SMEs only)

    This Award will go to the SME manufacturing company who in the opinion of the judges (i) Demonstrates the use of effective lean methodologies and techniques that focus on improvements in: quality, cost, productivity, physical waste reduction and non-value adding activities, customer service and safety and (ii) They will also be looking for evidence of an engaged workforce and development of a lasting culture of continuous improvement.

    Marketing Excellence (SMEs only)

    This Award is for SMEs who can demonstrate an innovative and creative approach to marketing. It may be a one-off project or a new way of delivering the marketing communications that has had a positive impact on the business. The project or delivery should be integrated in the fabric of the business and have its rationale firmly in the overall business aims and objectives of the SME.

    Industry 4.0

    Industry 4.0 is the convergence of digital, physical and biological assets and is creating unprecedented opportunities for UK manufacturing businesses and supply chains to optimise productivity and competitiveness. If you have implemented a project within cloud computing, simulation, autonomous systems, cyber security, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, systems integration or big data within the last year then this is the Award for you. The project must be concluded and evidence of the benefits validated.

    The NAA is happy to provide support in assisting you with writing the application(s).

    If you would like to express an interest in applying for any of the Awards above please e-mail Zoe

    The closing date for Award applications is 31st August.

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