Motortrades Insight Magazine Online Subscribe About Us Contact Us Motortrades Insight - Motoring News, Articles & Interviews Home Finance Reviews Under The Hood Motorsport Business Profiles Archive Jobs I am looking for in Get your business listed Related Tags: Richard Burden, Richard Burden Blog, uk automotive industry, british grand prix, silverstone Government must fuel UK automotive ambition after 'thrilling' British Grand Prix, says MP By: Richard Burden Ref:A0489 Published: 9 July 2013

british gp

Just two weeks ago, the world’s fiercest and fastest racing drivers returned to Silverstone for what turned out to be a thrilling British Grand Prix. While our exceptional British drivers have had mixed fortunes on the track this season, for me the return of Formula One to our shores is always an ideal opportunity to recognise British success in automotive more widely. 

Jumping from continent to continent Formula One can seem like a world away, but in fact we are home to eight of the eleven teams. Most of the factories, including reigning champions Red Bull, are based between West Midlands and Oxfordshire in the UK’s “Motorsport Valley”.

Our prowess for car building is not just exclusive to motorsport. The automotive industry happens to be the country’s largest sector in terms of exports. With demand from Asia, America and everywhere in between, the automotive sector employs over 700,000 people in jobs ranging from design and repair to ultra low carbon innovation. The perception that UK car manufacturing is in decline is certainly worth questioning. 

british gp

But, as Chair of the All-Party Motor Group (APMG) and MP for Birmingham Northfield where automotive is party of the area’s heritage, I know that we can’t be complacent. Protecting and strengthening the automotive sector for the future requires concerted action. 

This week the APMG publishes its annual report, Fuelling Ambition: Investment and Strategic Direction for UK Automotive. In it we not only recognise the success of the UK car industry as a leading location for inward investment, but outline the importance of seizing new opportunities for future growth. Formally launched in the House of Commons on the 9 July, and submitted in advance to ministers, shadow ministers and the Business, Science and Treasury Select Committees, it provides a summary of our meetings over the past year, and highlights our recommendations to the Government.

Central to the conclusions we drew from discussions with business leaders, academics and trade officials over the past year was the need for the government to fuel the ambition of UK automotive. The forthcoming release of the Government ‘s automotive strategy, which provides a comprehensive strategic framework for the industry, must now be supported with sustained investment and  commitment for the long term. 

mercedes history

Overseas expansion will be crucial. The Government must focus on reducing barriers to trade and finalising priority trade deals – such as the much talked one between the US and the EU.  Securing deals with emerging markets, such as the rapidly growing economies of Korea and Brazil, must also be a priority. 

The cross-party group of MPs and Lords also call on the Government to back research and innovation into future growth opportunities - such as sustainable technologies and evolving driver trends - with investment now.

We know the UK is in pole position to accelerate its growth. But as is the case in Formula One, a driver is only as good as the team around him. For the automotive industry to continue excelling the Government must continue to play a central part.

Richard Burden is the MP for Birmingham Northfield. He chairs the all-party motor group in Parliament, which seeks to address issues of strategic importance to the UK automotive industry and promotes dialogue between politicians, the industry and vehicle users.  Follow @RichardBurdenMP on twitter.

Related Articles // More Like This dummyChair of the All Party Parliamentary Motor Group – An Introduction by Richard Burden MP Welcome to my first column. I’m excited to start sharing my parliamentary perspective with Motortrades Insight, and the online automotive community. As a West Midlands MP with Longbridge in my constdummyRichard Burden MP on 'Driving Success' - the new vision for the UK's motor industry In addition to granting us some beautiful weather, Summer 2013 has also shone a light on one of the brightest industries the UK has to offer – automotive. On 12 July 2013 ‘Driving Success’, the firsdummyToyota gives UK automotive industry a boost with start of production of new Auris Touring Sports Toyota opened a new chapter in its European operations today with the official start of production of the new Auris Touring Sports at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s Burnaston car plant. The Rt Hon P 123     « Previous ArticleNext Article » Subscribe to MotorTrades insight As featured on NewsNow: Motoring news News 24/7 MotorTrades Insight are now official news providers for NewsNow. Top Stories // This Week drivers-who-exceed-20mph-speed-limit-could-face-100-fines-penalty-points-or-court-acpo-saysDrivers who exceed 20mph speed limit could face £100 fines, penalty points or court, ACPO says.  Road safety charity Brake has welcomed guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers clarifying the police position on the enforcement of 20mph speed limits and reveals plans for tailored s... prodrive-begins-building-15m-worth-of-composite-body-structures-for-supercar-manufacturerProdrive begins building £15m worth of composite body structures for supercar manufacturer.  A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is going into production at Prodrive. In the biggest composites contract in its history, the company is supplying most of the... luxury-car-conversion-carisma-auto-design-transforms-cadillac-escalade-into-motoring-paradiseLuxury Car Conversion: Carisma Auto Design transforms Cadillac Escalade into motoring paradise.  A luxury car conversion company has put the finishing touches to a bespoke conversion of one of the largest SUVs on the planet – the Cadillac Escalade.Having been approached by the owner of the Amer... zircotec-launches-tough-thermal-barrier-exhaust-coatings-for-motorbikesZircotec launches tough thermal barrier exhaust coatings for motorbikes.  Tougher than the standard automotive coatings, Zircotec’s new Endurance Range has been specifically formulated to provide motorcycle riders with a durable novel surface finish that minimises rust on... interview-ernst-reim-chief-interior-designer-for-ford-of-europe-reveals-how-future-looks-more-premiumINTERVIEW: Ernst Reim, Chief Interior Designer for Ford of Europe reveals how future looks more 'premium'.  He's overseen the interior designs of the latest Fiesta, Mondeo, Focus, B-Max and C-Max. Ernst Reim is the Chief Interior Designer for Ford of Europe - the company behind some Britain's best-selling... interview-automotive-designer-david-hilton-motorcity-europe-founder-and-former-head-of-exterior-design-for-bentleyINTERVIEW: automotive designer David Hilton, Motorcity Europe founder and former Head of Exterior Design for Bentle.  What is the most challenging aspect of designing new cars suitable for the production line?Money and time. Every different brand has its different limitations. Some brands can only survive at the mi... parking-enforcement-firms-reaping-large-sums-from-issuing-automated-penalty-tickets-aa-saysParking enforcement firms 'reaping large sums' from issuing automated 'penalty' tickets, AA says.  A year after most wheel clampers were banned from operating in private car parks, parking enforcement firms are reaping large sums from issuing automated 'penalty' tickets. While communities Mi... interview-icona-vulcano-designer-samuel-chuffart-believes-good-design-can-change-the-worldINTERVIEW: Icona Vulcano designer Samuel Chuffart believes 'good design can change the world'.  This is the Icona Vulcano. It's a spectacular car set to cost around £2.6m. Only five will ever be made and it took designer Samuel Chuffart eight months to design this masterpiece. We caught up wit... car-designers-are-pressurised-into-designing-simple-cars-with-manufacturing-constraints-limiting-creativity-says-david-hiltonCar designers are pressurised into designing simple cars, with manufacturing constraints limiting creativity, says .  You’ve created dozens of sketches and variations of the same car, only to discover that it is not feasible to go into production as it might cost too much or the shapes are too difficult to create i... toll-free-november-irelands-hgv-drivers-urged-to-use-motorways-to-avoid-clogging-up-country-roadsToll-Free November: Ireland's HGV drivers urged to use motorways to avoid clogging up country roads.  Lorry drivers and operators of heavy goods vehicles should take advantage of the one month ‘toll holiday'', according to the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI).Answering Parliamentary Q... high-spec-vauxhall-vxr8-gts-to-use-third-generation-magneride-suspension-technologyHigh spec Vauxhall VXR8 GTS to use third-generation MagneRide suspension technology.  The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS will use third-generation MagneRide suspension from BWI Group to combine trackday handling with road-car comfort, when it goes on sale later this year. The impressive new ...  Company Info // Get in Touch © Motortrades Insight Limited 2012 - 2013 Tel: 0844 656 1808 Email: Motortrades Insight Limited trading as Registered Address The Coach House Baddow Park West Hanningfield Road Great Baddow Chelmsford Essex CM2 7SY Company Reg: 07302221 VAT No: 120173663 Links // On The Web >> >> Subscribe to Mailing List >> Advertise on Motortrades Insight >> Motorsport News >> >> Motoring Industry News >> Blog >> Used Car Buyers Guide >> Link To Us >> Ratecard >> Privacy Policy >> Terms and Conditions >> Disclaimer Twitter // Follow Us Cookies on Motortrades Insight

Like many popular websites, Motortrades Insight uses some third party widgets that may set and may have already set cookies, for example the Twitter feed on our homepage. For more information see our cookie policy. By clicking close and continue you agree to our use of cookies.