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Paul Heard appointed CEO of SMMT Industry Forum
5th May 2020

Paul Heard has been appointed the new Chief Executive of SMMT Industry Forum, the consultancy and training provider for manufacturers, set up by the UK government, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and vehicle manufacturers, whose mission is to improve the competitiveness of UK manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace and other sectors. Heard […]

Manufacturers are urged to use this time to upskill teams, increase business competitiveness and prepare for post-Coronavirus opportunities Employees can continue to train while being paid under the government furlough scheme1 A quarter2 is already turning to online training to improve knowledge and job security UK manufacturers are urged to upskill and “get fit” to […]

UK car manufacturers and Automotive Council endorse new national programme to upskill and improve competitiveness of UK automotive suppliers Birmingham, UK – A new national skills programme is being launched to the UK automotive supply chain this month, aimed at improving its ability to support increasing numbers of new product launches in the car industry. […]

Automotive industry has co-developed a new programme that will boost the competitiveness and productivity of the UKs advanced manufacturing supply chain. Birmingham, UK – November 28th 2017 –  In response to the launch of the Industrial Strategy white paper by the business secretary, Greg Clark, yesterday, SMMT Industry Forum – the organisation set up by […]

SMMT Industry Forum was invited to share details of SC21 ‘Competitiveness and Growth’ initiative, co-developed by the automotive and aerospace industries, at the ADS Achieving Supply Chain Excellence Event in Belfast last week. SMMT Industry Forum – the organisation set up by the UK government, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and vehicle manufacturers to […]

Toyota and SMMT Industry Forum to co-host one-day workshop, free-of-charge for senior executives, to examine ways of improving UK manufacturing productivity Aerospace manufacturing businesses are being invited to attend a workshop free-of-charge next month that will give a rare insight into methods proven to improve productivity. The one-day event, at the Toyota Engine Plant Deeside […]

Common issues are holding back some automotive supply chain companies looking to gain the new IATF 16949 quality management before the deadline of September 2018. Birmingham – Industry Forum – the organisation set up by the UK government, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and vehicle manufacturers to improve the competitiveness of the UK’s automotive […]

Competitive pricing and easy access to all industry standards in one place Industry Forum – the organisation set up by the UK government, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and vehicle manufacturers to improve the competitiveness of the UK’s automotive supply chain – has launched an online shop (https://shop.industryforum.co.uk) giving easy access to English language […]

New government-backed programme to improve UK manufacturing competitiveness and productivity is open for business; new “NMCL” approach has been successfully piloted by companies in the North West of England. A £16 million programme to help make the UK’s advanced automotive manufacturing supply chain more competitive was launched by Business Secretary, Greg Clark, last week (April […]