Being members of business, industry and research organisations and associations is vital for us. We find that, thanks to their efforts, we can meet with key players, network with real talent and get access to potential investors and grant agencies.


The European Technology Platform ALICE is set-up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe. The platform will support and assist and advise the European Commission into the implementation of the EU Program for research: Horizon 2020 in the area of Logistics. ALICE is based on the recognition of the need for an overarching view on logistics and supply chain planning and control, in which shippers and logistics service providers closely collaborate to reach efficient logistics and supply chain operations. ALICE engages with all different kind of stakeholders operating in the Logistics sector.


With over 50 years of experience, the CBI is the UK’s most effective and influential business organisation. The CBI provides members with the influence, insight and access they need to plan ahead with confidence and grow. It represents their views as its staff work with policymakers to deliver a healthy environment for businesses to succeed, create jobs and ultimately, drive economic growth and prosperity.It is the CBI’s purpose to help businesses create a more prosperous society. It speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors, that together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector-employed workforce. With 13 offices around the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi, the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.


EARPA is the association of automotive R&D organisations. It brings together the most prominent independent R&D providers in the automotive sector throughout Europe. Its membership counts at present 52 members ranging from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities. EARPA is the platform of automotive researchers and is actively contributing to the European Research Area and the future EU RTD funding programmes. EARPA works in close cooperation with the automotive industry, the automotive suppliers, the oil industry as well as the European Institutions and the EU Member States.


The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programmes.EASME’s goal is to help create a more competitive and resource-efficient European economy based on knowledge and innovation.EASME provides high quality support to its beneficiaries, turning EU policy into action. As an executive agency of the European Commission, EASME manages significant parts of COSME, LIFE, Horizon 2020 and EMFF. The Agency ensures that actions funded by these programmes deliver results and provide the Commission with valuable input for its policy tasks.


The European Green Vehicles Initiative Association is an international non-profit making association aimed at promoting and facilitating pre-competitive research on road transport systems within the European Research Area.EGVIA focuses on technologies and the process chain, with the goal of improving energy efficiency. Created in 2013 with the goal to engage in the contractual public-private partnership with the European Commission, the legal entity currently regroups 86 members from the industry and research sectors, and acts as the representative of the private side in the EGVI PPP.


Knowledge4Innovation is an open, independent, non-profit platform with a wide variety of stakeholders including regions, cities and universities, research organisations, regions and cities, trade organisations and think tanks as well as technology platforms small and large companies.\K4I advocates for favourable framework conditions that promote innovation activities in Europe. The K4I Forum is supported by more than 30 Members of the European Parliament. Since 2009 K4I has organised more than 200 debates most of which during its annual flagship event, the “European Innovation Summit”.


Teesside University has an excellent reputation for offering practical and results-driven solutions for business. Our Knowledge Exchange Internships give companies a unique chance to engage with academic and specialist experts, with part-funding from the European Regional Development Fund.KEI provides a talented graduate mentored by a University specialist or industry expert with relevant expertise drives forward projects for organisations. This combination of fresh thinking and hugely valuable experience and expertise can bring cutting-edge benefits to businesses. KEIs are flexible, lasting from 6–12 months according to organisation’s needs. Alternatively, companies can recruit a capable graduate, supported by Teesside University, to take on a new role in your organisation to help contribute to a company’s growth and development. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund for 6 months, and with flexible start dates, this additional talent helps turn ideas into growth opportunities.


The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK. Its resources, reputation and unrivalled automotive data place it at the heart of the UK automotive industry.SMMT is the voice of the UK motor industry, supporting and promoting its members interests, at home and abroad, to government, stakeholders and the media. SMMT represents more than 700 automotive companies in the UK, providing them with a forum to voice their views on issues affecting the sector, helping to guide strategies and build positive relationships with government and regulatory authorities.