Strategic Direction

  • Led by industry, for industry
  • Network of industry leaders driving the strategy
  • Coordination of activities of mutual benefit

Route to Market

  • Raising company profile
  • Networking and events
  • Platform to showcase products and services
  • Business and collaboration opportunities
  • Member to member introductions
  • Marketing support
  • NEAA Cluster Link intelligent business-to-business networking platform
  • Network of International links

Capability Improvement

  • Business Resilience Group
  • Manufacturing and Innovation Group
  • Trade and Investment Group
  • HR Forum
  • EV North
  • Industry-led focus groups
  • Cost reduction activities
  • Benchmarking and KPIs
  • Best practice visits
  • Shared training resource
  • Increased profitability through member schemes
  • Access to funding
  • Skills initiatives

Knowledge Transfer

  • Shared intelligence and dissemination of sector information
  • Knowledge transfer events and masterclasses
  • Supply chain opportunities to market
  • Insights into the latest technology and innovation
  • Technical and funding advice
  • International trade support

Sector Engagement

  • Unified voice for the North East automotive sector to key stakeholder groups – including Automotive Council, Catapults, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for International Trade, CCAV, Driving the Electric Revolution, Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer  Partnership, Made Smarter, North East Apprenticeship Ambassadors, North East Enterprise Advisors, North East LEP, Tees Valley LEP, Northern Powerhouse, Silesia Automotive & Advanced, Manufacturing Cluster (Poland), Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders
  • Publicising individual businesses and the regional capabilities on a local and national level
  • Impacting and influencing policies


CategoryDescriptionAnnual Fee
PublicPublic Sector & Associations£1,104 + VAT
Start-upStart-ups (less than 2yr), Not for profit£220 + VAT
Micro<10 UK employees£386 + VAT
Small10<49 UK employees£663 + VAT
Medium50<249 UK employees£1,104 + VAT
Large250<499 UK employees£3,311 + VAT
Multi500+ UK employees£5,519 + VAT


“Turntide Technologies (formerly AVID Technology) has been a member of NEAA since its establishment as well as a key part of the NEAA Trade Group since its launch in 2019. The Trade Group brings together several diverse businesses to share industry experience and knowledge. AVID has significantly benefited from the insights provided both by the NEAA Team and its Members which has opened up new opportunities for us in new markets such as Defence/Marine and new territories such as Eastern Europe.”

Iain Young / Sales Director / Turntide Technologies

“Dontyne Systems and Dontyne Gears have found membership of the NEAA an excellent business resource. The quantity and the scope of membership in our own region was a very pleasant surprise.”

Mike Fish / Director / Dontyne Gears and Dontyne Systems

“The NEAA provides the opportunity for us to access high impact engagement activities and communications that includes networking events, meet the buyer, masterclasses, workshops, one-to-one introductions, business support, quarterly magazine and monthly e-bulletin, conferences and exhibitions, all of which have been beneficial to Reprotec Group. The NEAA provides expertise, leadership and forward-thinking strategic approaches within the industry while at the same time creating a positive and supportive relationship for all its members.”

Janet Murray / Reprotec Group

“Since Charpak joined the NEAA, we have been truly impressed with the range of services, the quality of events and the level of support on offer. The Expo, in particular, was a top-class event that showcased the North-East’s exceptional capacity for collaboration and was a great success for us. All the hard-working NEAA staff have, without exception, been friendly, open and helpful, always going the extra mile for us and making sure we receive wonderful support.”

Niall Johanson / Charpak

“Advanced Electric Machines are an NEAA member and have participated in the NEAA Trade Group since the start of 2020. As well as providing regular informative meetings on a number of subject matters related to the operation of a business, it also acts as an excellent networking forum with other local businesses, organisations, and Government bodies.”

Andrew Woods / Business Development Director / Advanced Electric Machines (AEM)

“Hart Doors joined the NEAA and its Trade Group to engage with like-minded companies from the North East, but we have gained so much more. During Covid-19 we have found the membership an invaluable source of up-to-date information. The webinars and the NEAA’s Automotive Export Week gave Hart a unique opportunity to hear and share expertise in the automotive sector. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have been introduced to new opportunities and have engaged with many people around the world. The NEAA team work tirelessly to ensure each member gets the best out of their membership.”

Melanie Rosby / Marketing Manager / Hart Door Systems

“Tomlinson Hall & Co. Ltd are one of the founding members of the NEAA Trade Group. We have enjoyed sharing our experiences with other companies and have indeed learned from many of the other members of the group the benefits of collective co-operation and collaboration. We would advise that the NEAA membership at large would benefit from many of the initiatives created from the fruitful pooling of minds and suggestions.”

 Colin Simpson / Business Development Director / Tomlinson Hall

“We have shared experience, knowledge, and best practice to assist fellow members and we too have greatly benefited from collaborating on a number of related subjects.”

Chris Black / Global Sales Director of Automotive Business Development / TR Fastenings