Industry Forum is a proud sponsor of the Northern Automotive Alliance Business Awards & Networking Dinner – People & Skills award 

Category: NAA People & Skills Award
Sponsor: SMMT Industry Forum 

Open to: All SMEs 

Established in 1996 by British government, the SMMT and vehicle manufactures, Industry Forum exists to improve both performance and competitiveness in UK supply chain. Central to our ethos is a ingrained dedication to developing people and skills in the Automotive sector. 

As part of our commitment to continued development of skills and people, we sponsor the NAA people and skills award which serves to 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 award is designed to recognise an exemplary business that invests in both the training and development of its workforce. We will be looking for applicants who can 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. 

We ask that applicants answer the questions as fully as possible, keeping to the word count.  We also welcome the inclusion of photographs or diagrams that help support your application.

This award may consist of a 2-stage process.  The first stage is the People & Skills Award form from which 3 companies will be short-listed.  Dependent upon the applications there may be a second stage will take the form of on-site visit to further investigate each application and its background.  Feedback will be provided to each company that receives an on-site visit.  The on-site visits will be undertaken during October 2018.

Forms can be downloaded here and closing date is midnight, 31st August.

PLEASE NOTE: The NAA awards are open to all companies, you do not need to be an NAA member to enter the awards. 

About the awards: 

Northern Automotive Alliance Business Awards & Networking Dinner

Thursday 8th November 2018 7pm – 12pm at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Knutsford, Cheshire.

The event is is an opportunity to network with NAA members over dinner and drinks. The attendee numbers have grown year on year and this year is expected to be better than ever. It’s recently been announced that Master of Ceremonies and guest speaker for the 2018 NAA Awards will be Robert Llewellyn, actor (Kryten in Red Dwarf), comedian, writer, TV presenter (Scrapheap Challenge), presenter of the highly successful Fully Charged series on YouTube about electric vehicles, and most recently, the man behind the inaugural Fully Charged Live Event.  

Entry for award applications is now open. Becoming a shortlisted applicant at the NAA Business Awards will provide your organisation with the opportunity to be recognised as a leading player in the automotive industry.

Award Categories:

  • Trade
  • Innovation
  • Logistics Excellence
  • Marketing Excellence
  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • People & Skills (for SMEs)
  • Industry 4.0

Dinner Booking:

Table of 10 : £800* 

Individual Tickets : £85*

All the above include a three course meal with coffee and drinks.

Dress Code : Gents – Lounge Suit; Ladies – Long or Cocktail Dress

If you would like to book a place or receive more information on event sponsorship, please e-mail

*Above prices are subject to vat.

A number of rooms have been reserved at a preferential rate from £125 on a B&B basis – if you would like to reserve a room, please contact the hotel and quote our event and date.