The Automotive Council was established in 2009. It was designed to enhance dialogue and support collaboration between the UK government and the automotive sector.
It is jointly led by the government and industry with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and an industry representative, who co-chair the Council. Members include senior figures from across industry and government, the APC is one of these.
Its aims are to enhance the attractiveness of the UK as a location for global automotive investment, promote UK-based manufacturers and technologies, strengthen the supply chain and position the UK as a leading global player in developing, manufacturing and using ultra-low carbon technologies.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre was created by Automotive Council as the central pillar of the joint industry and government strategy, titled ‘Driving Success – a strategy for growth and sustainability in the UK automotive sector’. This long term strategy sets out a range of actions to addresses the cross-cutting objectives of improving access to finance, support for emerging and disruptive technologies, skills development, and improving the competitiveness of the UK supply chain. This is a living document that is updated and activities re-prioritised as appropriate
The council consists of senior figures from across industry and government, who meet to discuss how to best support the UK automotive industry and identify opportunities and challenges.
The activities of the Automotive Council are channelled through three working groups, each divided into a range of workstreams. The working groups are:
The Automotive Council is looking for support to help run it’s programmes and schemes that support the UK automotive industry. To find out more, click here.