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MIA's Business Awards recognise motorsport excellence

12 Jan 2018

The world’s motorsport industry once again gathered to celebrate a successful 2017 and recognise outstanding achievements at the annual Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) Business Excellence Awards.

The event took place at the NEC Birmingham (Thursday 11 January 2018) as part of Europe’s largest indoor pre-season motorsport event, Autosport International, and welcomed more than 500 guests from across the globe.

The Business of the Year Award (with annual sales over £5m), sponsored by Xtrac, was presented to world-leading motorsport and technology business, Prodrive, which has created innovative solutions in automotive, aerospace, marine and other sectors as well as making championship winning race and rally cars. In September, the company celebrated its 300th win of a race or rally since its formation in 1984 when their Aston Martin team took victory in the Texas round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Prodrive is based in the heart of Motorsport Valley, employing more than 500 staff in Banbury and Milton Keynes. Whilst it is perhaps best known for its many successes in world motorsport – rallying with Subaru, Mini, VW; Le Mans and GT with Aston Martin and F1 with Benetton - over the past decade, Prodrive has diversified to become a high-performance technology business serving many sectors including space, automotive, defence and marine with design, manufacturing and consultation solutions.

MIA CEO, Chris Aylett, said: “The Prodrive brand continues to be synonymous with British global motorsport success but, in recent years, it has come to mean so much more.

“For many years, the MIA has worked tirelessly to promote the benefits and opportunities that lie in diversification and technology transfer from motorsport. Prodrive personifies the success that such a strategy can deliver.

“The Prodrive Group now operates successfully across four distinct, interconnected business areas; motorsport, advanced technology, composites and bespoke collections enjoying success across the board. I am certain this model will not only ensure their future growth but also act as an inspiration for others in motorsport to follow”

“I congratulate all the great businesses, large and small, whose excellence in business has been recognised by these MIA Awards. They set the standard others must follow to continue succeeding in this world-class business sector of motorsport and high-performance engineering.”

The seven category winners were:

MIA Service to the Industry Award
Sponsored by Goodridge – presented by Jon Hourihan
Winner – National College for Motorsport

MIA New Markets Award
Sponsored by 920 Engineering/Shiftec – presented by Anthony Blackwell
Winner – RML Group

MIA Export Achievement Award
Sponsored by Alcon Components – presented by Alistair Fergusson
Winner - Goodridge

MIA Technology & Innovation Award
Sponsored by Ricardo – presented by Steve Sapsford
Winner – McLaren Applied Technologies

MIA Teamwork Award
Sponsored by Grainger & Worrall – presented by James Grainger
Winner – M-Sport

MIA Business of the Year with annual sales under £5 million Award
Sponsored by Lestercast – presented by Chris Batty
Winner – Titan Motorsport and Automotive Engineering

MIA Business of the Year with annual sales over £5 million Award
Sponsored by Xtrac – presented by Adrian Moore
Winner – Prodrive

The awards were presented on the evening by MIA President, The Rt Hon the Lord Astor of Hever PC DL who praised the winners and added that a strong future awaited the innovative and exciting global motorsport industry.

First presented in 1995, the MIA Business Excellence Awards recognise excellence at all levels within the motorsport and high-performance engineering industry.

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