SMMT to hold premium products event

27 April 2016, Williams F1 Conference Centre, OxfordshireSMMT is seeking expressions of interest for its second premium product manufacturers’ event. This year the event will focus on innovative products, and will have a Meet the Buyer session focused on building relationships between premium product manufacturers and premium automotive vehicle manufacturers.The event will feature a seminar session, exhibition area and a number of one-to-one, introductory meetings between potential suppliers and representatives from OEM purchasing departments. Attendees are expected from a number of OEMs including Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Toyota, Nissan, Aston Martin and Bentley.With involvement from SMMT, Niche Vehicle Network (NVN), Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space trade organisation (ADS), the event is part of an Automotive Council initiative aimed at creating a community of specialist UK automotive premium product suppliers.The seminar session will see speakers from OEMs and industry organisations discuss a variety of industry issues, including the support available for suppliers of low volume premium products and services. Manufacturers are also invited to display their goods and services in the exhibition area, although space is limited.‘Innovation Stand Up’ sessions will provide potential suppliers with an opportunity to showcase their innovation, conceptual design or new product to a wider audience. These sessions will be conducted with a closed audience of OEM representatives from purchasing, R&D and design engineering.SMMT is seeking expressions of interest from premium product manufacturers with specific requirements to match to potential suppliers. The information submitted will be used to arrange one-to-one meetings between OEMs and suppliers with a view to future collaboration.The event is strictly invitation-only, and attending companies must:have capability in one of the following disciplines: digital innovation, craft skills, interior innovations, high value materials, forged alloy wheels, communication, entertainment, lighting, smart phone interaction and apps, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), switch replacements, connecting home and car, exterior and accessories, new materials, existing materials used in new ways, existing product made from new materials rapid prototyping, or sustainable processes;be able to demonstrate a high standard of work and a willingness to achieve the industry certification standard; For more information, contact [email protected] to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) have a manufacturing or sales presence in the UK, or be based outside the UK with an interest in investing in the UK. read more

Queen to urge Britain to put aside its deeply held differences in

The comment was picked up by the media and it later transpired that the supposedly off the cuff remark had been scripted by the then Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, and the Queen’s then private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt to leave no doubt which side of the debate she was on.Wearing a brooch given to her by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1966, the Queen will also speak fondly of those from whom she draws “strength and encouragement”“Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance,” she will say.In the broadcast, recorded in Buckingham Palace’s white drawing room, the monarch will share a message from Jesus that she considers especially important to highlight at Christmas.She will say: “I believe His message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.” The address is written by the Queen and traditionally emphasises her own Christian faith, as well as reflecting on current issues and draws on her own experiences over the past year. The Queen is to urge Britain to overcome “deeply held differences” by treating one another with “respect and as a fellow human being” in her Christmas message to the nation.Her Majesty will share a message of peace and goodwill she says is needed “as much as ever” in her annual festive broadcast.“Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding,” she will say.As head of state, the Queen remains publicly neutral on political matters.   Yet her comments, in her last speech before Britain’s scheduled departure from the European Union in March, come at the end of a fraught year of political negotiations following the Brexit vote.Parliamentary deadlock over Theresa May’s Brexit deal – which will be voted on by MPs next month – has led to growing calls for a second referendum, which Mrs May and Leave supporting MPs have warned would further divide the nation and lead to political chaos.While Buckingham Palace is always quick to deny political motives behind anything the Queen says, she has in the past used subtle comments to influence the public’s thinking on political matters. While some may speculate that the words on conflict could apply equally to her own family, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex moving apart next year to live separately after rumours of disquiet between them, the Queen is, as ever, speaking to the nation and Commonwealth as a whole.Royal highlights of 2018 range from the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, the birth of Prince Louis and Lena Tindall, and the 70th birthday celebrations of the Prince of Wales.In October, the Queen made her first comment on Brexit in a speech at a state banquet, telling the King of the Netherlands that “as we look toward a new partnership with Europe”, the values shared by the UK and Holland “are our greatest asset.In July, she also hosted President Donald Trump for an official visit to Windsor Castle. On the eve of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the Queen remarked to a member of the public after a church service that “I hope people will think very carefully about the future”. In a photograph dated April 26, 1948, the then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are seen holding their first child – Prince CharlesCredit:PA In a photograph dated April 26, 1948, the then Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are seen holding their first child - Prince Charles During the broadcast, produced this year by Sky News, the Queen wears an Angela Kelly ivory silk cocktail dress and her gold Scarab brooch, with ruby and diamond embellishments, a 1966 gift from the Duke of Edinburgh.The Queen is sitting at a desk featuring a framed black and white photograph taken in 1948 of herself as a young Princess Elizabeth, along with Prince Philip and a baby Prince Charles. The Queen’s annual Christmas message will be broadcast at 3pm on Christmas Day. read more