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The Northwest Automotive Alliance has a focused role of supporting North West automotive businesses. However the NAA also works with other organisations that exist to support the automotive industry, such as those listed below. There are currently many such organisations, which can be overwhelming and confusing for automotive businesses. Therefore if required the NAA helps to introduce automotive businesses to the most appropriate organisation for their needs. To discuss your requirements, please phone us or use the form on our contact page.

Advanced Propulsion Centre

The role of the Advanced Propulsion Centre is to position the UK as a centre of excellence for low carbon propulsion development and production. The APC team brings together and supports those who have good ideas in the form of innovative technologies with those who can bring them to market as products.

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Automotive Council

The Automotive Council was founded in 2009 to transform the business environment for the automotive industry in the UK.

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Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO)

The Automotive Investment Organisation (AIO) is led by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and takes strategic direction from the Automotive Council to develop a strategy to repatriate the supply chain and build on the opportunities identified in the UK.

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Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.

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Cenex was established in 2005 as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies. Today Cenex operates as an independent not-for-profit consultancy specialising in the delivery of projects, supporting innovation and market development, focused on low carbon vehicles and associated energy infrastructure.

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High Value Manufacturing Catapult

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult network consists of seven technology and innovation centres, established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board, with over £200 million of government investment.

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Innovate UK

Innovate UK, previously the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), is the UK’s innovation agency, offering support and funding to help business develop new products and services and bring them closer to market.

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Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

The NAA works with the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the North West region. LEPs are partnerships between local authorities and businesses and they can help to provide funding or other support for automotive businesses.

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) was established in 2003 and is a public-private partnership working to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK businesses.

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The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) provides manufacturing business support for companies based in England, helping them to improve and grow.

Niche Vehicle Network

The Niche Vehicle Network is an independent association of over 100 niche vehicle manufacturers, specialist technology companies and supply chain businesses.

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Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a team working across government to support the early market for ULEVs. It published the Government’s ULEV strategy in September 2013.

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Proving Factory

The Proving Factory is a unique manufacturing, assembly and validation organisation for the UK automotive industry, credibly bridging the current market ‘gap’ between technology developers making innovative, low carbon prototypes and the needs of vehicle manufacturers for volume supply.

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Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, promoting its position to government, stakeholders and the media.

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Transport KTN

Transport KTN is the Knowledge Transfer Network a community supporting the development of integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems, by bringing together independent but interrelated organisations to stimulate innovation through knowledge transfer.

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Transport Systems Catapult

The Transport Systems Catapult is the UK’s technology and innovation centre for Intelligent Mobility, harnessing emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods around the world.

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UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.

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