Partner organisations

The Automotive Council works closely with a number of organisations in addition to industry to take forward its priorities.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is the department for economic growth. The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. It also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation. BEIS has a dedicated Automotive Unit which also provides the secretariat function to the Automotive Council UK.

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade is the Government department responsible for promoting British trade across the world, ensuring the UK takes advantage of the opportunities available. It also helps overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK. The Automotive Investment Organisation, in the Department for International Trade, works specifically to bring automotive supply chain companies to the UK. 

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

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.

Motorsport Industry Association

The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) is the world’s leading trade association for the motorsport, performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. The MIA represents the specialised needs of this highly successful global industry as it undergoes continuing rapid development throughout the world.

Motorcycle Industry Association

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) has looked after the interests of the motorcycle industry for over 100 years. MCI members are manufacturers and importers of powered two wheelers and the suppliers of associated goods and services in the UK. The MCI objectives are to promote, protect and expand the motorcycle industry for the benefit of our members.

Construction Equipment Association

The Construction Equipment Association is the trade association that represents the UK construction equipment sector.

Advanced Propulsion Centre

Government and industry are investing around £1 billion over the next 10 years in an Advanced Propulsion Centre to research, develop and commercialise the next generation of low carbon technologies. The APC helps forge partnerships between those who have good ideas and those who can bring them to market. The services provided by the APC will enable projects which provide profitable growth and sustainable opportunities for the partners involved and contribute to the UK’s economic prosperity. This investment has the potential to secure up to 30,000 jobs currently linked to producing engines and it will create many more in the supply chain.


The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a team working across government to support the early market for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). They are providing over £900m to position the UK at the forefront of ULEV development, manufacture and use. This will contribute to economic growth and will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution on our roads.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency looking to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. They are positioning the UK to be a global leader in innovation and a magnet for innovative business which can apply technology rapidly, effectively and sustainably to create wealth and enhance quality of life.

High Value Manufacturing Catapult

The High Value Manufacturing Catapult is a catalyst for future growth and success of manufacturing in the UK. It is a strategic initiative that aims to revitalise the manufacturing industry. The HVM Catapult’s network consists of seven technology and innovation centres, established and overseen by the Technology Strategy Board with over £200m of government investment. To date TSB has invested a total of £310m in its automotive programmes.

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. Some of the early challenges that will be addressed through the Catapult include seamless journey systems, remote asset management and monitoring, traffic management and control systems, journey assistance systems, infrastructure integrity and security, connected vehicles.