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    The Northern Automotive Alliance is focused on supporting automotive business in the region. We work closely with organisations that exist to support the industry (such as those listed below) and introduce automotive businesses in our region, to the most appropriate organisation for their needs. If you would like any information or would like to discuss your requirements, please contact us here.

    Governmental Organisations – National

    Automotive Council

    The Automotive Council was established in 2009 to enhance dialogue and strengthen co-operation between the UK government and automotive sector. The Council has three groups. Firstly, the Technology Group analyses evidence and provides advice to the Council on UK automotive R&D investment opportunities with the aim of fostering the development of stronger UK Engineering, supply and manufacturing base. The Supply Chain Group was established to build consensus on the challenges facing UK automotive supply chain companies as well as deliver targeted actions to improve the competitiveness and capacity of the UK automotive supply chain. Thirdly, the Business Environment & Skills Working Group ensures that the industry has the best business environment to operate in, including access to the right skills.

    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

    BEIS replaced the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in July 2016. BEIS works to build a stronger, greener future by fighting coronavirus, tackling climate change, unleashing innovation and making the UK a great place to work and do business.

    Department for International Trade (DIT)

    DIT helps businesses export and grow into global markets to ensure their international success.

    Governmental Organisations – Local

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s)

    LEP’s are business led partnerships between local authorities and local private sector businesses. They play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and job creation, improve infrastructure and raise workforce skills within the local area. There are 38 LEP’s across England, view the location map here.

    Trade Organisations

    Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

    SMMT is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. It is the voice of the UK motor industry, representing more than 800 automotive companies in the UK; providing them a forum to voice their views, guiding strategies and build positive relationships with government and regulatory authorities.

    Low Carbon Focused

    Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

    The Advanced Propulsion Centre UK provides funding, support and insight to help the UK automotive industry transition towards a net-zero future. This joint venture between the UK Government and the automotive industry born out of the automotive council aims to ensure that the UK remains competitive in the global race to reduce CO2 emissions. The APC team brings together those with innovative technologies, with those who can bring them to market.


    Cenex is a not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure. Cenex also organises the UK’s largest Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) event; providing an ideal platform for UK capabilities to showcase and engage with informers to discuss emerging technologies, industry issues and what the future holds.

    Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)

    Established in 2003, the LowCVP is a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon, cleaner vehicles and fuels as well as create opportunities for UK businesses. Over 200 organisations are engaged with the LowCVP, each representing diverse viewpoints.

    Office for Low Emission Vehicles

    A team working across the government to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). The Office are providing £900 million to position the UK at the global forefront of ULEV development, manufacture and use.


    Niche Vehicle Network

    The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 900 niche vehicle manufacturers, specialist technology and design and engineering companies. They provide innovation support and grant funding to enable their members to develop new technologies and demonstration prototypes.

    UK Research and Innovation

    UK Research and Innovation works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish.

    Knowledge Transfer Network – Transport

    The Knowledge Transfer Network is a division of InnovateUK. The mission of the Transport community at the Knowledge Transfer Network is to support the development of integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems, by bringing together expertise and technology from across automotive, rail and marine sectors to share challengers, ideas and best practice.


    Catapult, High Value Manufacturing

    Catapult High Value Manufacturing is leading the UK’s green manufacturing revolution, helping businesses to design, develop and manufacture their innovations.

    Proving Factory

    The Proving Factory bridges the gap between developer and customers. Proven prototype designs are taken through a structured development and validation programme, robust production processes and supply chains are established, providing a trusted route to production.


    Our connections with higher education institutions include The University of Huddersfield, Lancaster University, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, The University of Sheffield and Warwick University.

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