The ACE SME Programme offers eligible Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) support to expand business capability and a platform to connect to supply chain and business opportunities.
SMEs will have access to support provided by the NEAA, senior industry leaders and appropriate business support programmes, including:
This programme will support the SMEs existing strategy in areas of productivity and efficiency and will help influence its future strategy in a sector that is rapidly expanding. For non-manufacturing SMEs, it has the potential to support growth aspirations in the automotive sector.
SMEs are critically important to the North East automotive supply chain and growing the SME supply base in the region is a major focus of the NEAA. The programme will help improve regional competitiveness of SMEs and ultimately support the local content objectives of the automotive supply chain.
Promotion of company capability
Increased business and collaboration opportunities
Networking events and industry focussed masterclasses
Training and workshop interventions
Access to industry focussed masterclasses
Continuous improvement activity
Showcasing SME technology
Support in the commercialisation of new technologies
Dissemination of funding opportunities and support to identify partners
Exemplar projects programme with funding to enable companies to bring new technology or processes to market
Attracting SMEs into the supply chain
Developing trade opportunities for SMEs
The North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) is established to support the economic sustainable growth and competitiveness of the automotive sector in the North East of England. The NEAA provides a single unified voice to key stakeholder groups and promotes the true value created by the region's automotive industry.