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Industry Leader Challenge and skydive by Daksh Gupta raise £142,000

One of the industry’s key business leaders has swapped the boardroom for the open skies, jumping out of a plane at over 10,000 feet to raise funds for BEN, the charity dedicated to supporting those working in the automotive industry. 603 more words

Christopher Macgowan

SMMT - autonomous vehicles.


In the Queen’s Speech today, government announced a commitment to support connected and autonomous vehicle development.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “SMMT welcomes government’s commitment to accelerate the development of connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK. 55 more words

Christopher Macgowan

One reason we stare at our mobis all day.


I was reading a piece in the FT this morning about a proposed restructuring of Facebook shares which would allow Mark Zuckerberg to retain control of the company whilst pursuing his philanthropy. 79 more words

Christopher Macgowan

Could a dirty diesel car scrappage scheme benefit air quality?

Dirty diesel scrappage scheme unlikely to do much for air quality

A scrappage scheme aimed at removing the dirtiest diesel cars from the roads would have to be on a huge scale to have any significant effect. 214 more words

Christopher Macgowan

FTA says fuel duty cut would protect UK economy.


In its pre-Budget submission to the Chancellor, FTA has told George Osborne that a reduction in fuel duty would make an important contribution towards protecting the UK economy. 260 more words

Christopher Macgowan

John Barrett formerly of the AA.

I have learned this evening that a former business colleague of mine whom I regarded very highly died on February 7th. John Barrett had a long and distinguished career with the AA and worked with me at the SMMT. 81 more words

Christopher Macgowan

Mercedes-Benz named Manufacturer of the Year at AM Awards.


Mercedes-Benz has been named Manufacturer of the Year at the prestigious AM Awards, which celebrate exemplary performance in the UK motor industry.

Accepting the award at a ceremony last night in Birmingham was Mercedes-Benz UK CEO, Gary Savage. 251 more words

Christopher Macgowan