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    NAA Update: Briggs Automotive Company wins the NAA Company of the Year Award 2023

    On Thursday 21 September we hosted the NAA Annual Business Awards and Networking Dinner, where we welcomed over 200 guests to the Mere Golf Resort and Spa at Knutsford for a fabulous evening of networking, dining and entertainment.

    Welcome to this month’s newsletter and I hope that you are all keeping well.

    Let me start this month’s newsletter with an update on the largest networking event of the year for us. On Thursday 21 September we hosted the NAA Annual Business Awards and Networking Dinner, where we welcomed over 200 guests to the Mere Golf Resort and Spa at Knutsford for a fabulous evening of networking, dining and entertainment.

    We were treated to industry sector updates from Wes Jacklin, Chairman of our Directors and Advisory Board, and our Guest Speaker, Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, Society of Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

    Thank you to all those companies who submitted an award application, sadly not everyone can win, however, we do appreciate the time and effort put in.  

    Congratulations to our Winners and Highly Commended companies: 

    Manufacturing Excellence Award – Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

    WINNER: Autac

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Briggs Automotive Company (BAC)

    International Trade Award – Sponsored by Amann Threads UK

    WINNER: Briggs Automotive Company (BAC)

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Helical Technology

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Abbey Group

    Logistics Excellence Award – Sponsored by DHL Supply Chain

    WINNER: Valuechain Technology

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Briggs Automotive Company & Wynne Aviation Services

    People & Skills Award – Sponsored by The Blair Project

    WINNER: Businesswise Solutions

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Melling Performance Springs

    Design & Innovation Award – Sponsored by McLaren Automotive


    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Agile Group Systems & Services

    HIGHLY COMMENDED: Fitfactory Technology


    Corporate & Social Responsibility Award – Sponsored by CEVA Logistics

    WINNER: MGS Technical Plastics



    Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by Bentley Motors

    WINNER: Briggs Automotive Company (BAC)

    I would also like to thank all of our sponsors and attendees who made the event so successful.

    Elsewhere, major news for our sector is that the government has finally confirmed details of the long-awaited zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate ahead of its implementation in just three months’ time.

    From 1 January 2024, 22% of all manufacturers’ new car sales in the UK must be ZEVs, the government has confirmed.

    This figure will rise to 28% in 2025, 33% in 2026, 38% in 2027, 52% in 2028, 66% in 2029, 80% in 2030 and finally 100% in 2035, when sales of new hybrid cars will be banned. Increments between 2030 and 2035 have yet to be finalised.

    For manufacturers who fail to meet the target, fines will be imposed, although the form that these fines will take has yet to be outlined.

    The announcement of these measures follows the previously released draft ZEV mandate and come a week after the government delayed the 2030 ICE ban to 2035.

    As part of the mandate, the government has rubber-stamped flexibility measures for those who either exceed or can’t reach the imposed ZEV targets.

    Moving on to the membership side, I would like to welcome two new members this month:

    Iter Digital, a company which designs, develops and delivers digital lean production system applications.

    Pennine Quality Consulting, a company which specialises in implementing, maintaining and providing internal auditing for quality management systems, typically to meet the requirements of ISO 9001.

    We will hear more from our new members in the coming months.

    Elsewhere in this month’s newsletter, you can read about some of the latest developments from a selection of our other members, including Bentley Motors; Jaguar Land Rover and Leyland Trucks.

    Dates for your diary – NAA Events / Webinars:

    2 November – NAA Members’ Virtual Roundtable / 11:00 – 12:00

    16 November – NAA Webinar, hosted by Grant Thornton / 11:00 – 12:00

    23 November – NAA Networking Event: UTAC, Leyland / 12:00 – 15:15

    7 December – NAA Networking Event: STFC Hartree, Daresbury / 12:00 – 15:15

    If you would like to register for any of the above NAA events and/or webinars, please contact Zoe.  

    Other Events

    Powertrain Systems for a Sustainable Future Conference 2023

    29-30 November 2023, London

    The IMechE warmly welcomes Northern Automotive Alliance members and their colleagues to this upcoming technical event.

    Following the successes in 2021, the conference will provide a key forum for all vehicle, engine and powertrain development engineers and researchers to share their work and learn about the latest development and technological trends taking place – for more details, read further in the e-news.


    As always, if you have any training requirements, please contact Zoe.

    If you would like to submit content to feature in upcoming e-news please contact Zoe.

    Paul Jones


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