One of the shining stars of the UK economy, the British motorsport industry, has celebrated another successful year in 2013 with the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) annual Business Excellence Awards. The event, which took place in Birmingham (Thursday 9 January) as part of the highly successful Autosport International Show, saw over 500 guests from across the globe come together to recognize the achievements of the industry over the last 12 months.
The MIA Business of the Year Award was presented to Norfolk-based Caterham Group, which has demonstrated a consistent commitment to innovation and the motorsport industry.
MIA CEO Chris Aylett said, “Caterham provides us all with a superb example of British engineering innovation at its very best. While the business is perhaps best known for its iconic Caterham Seven sportscar, co-chairmen Tony Fernandes and Dato’Kamarudin Meranun have continued to lead the business and explore new markets with great dynamism."
As testament to this entrepreneurial ethos, 2013 saw the launch of a two-wheeled division, joining the Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Racing (GP2), Caterham Technology & Innovation, Caterham Composites and the Caterham Moto Racing Team, in the rapidly growing Caterham family.”
The sell-out MIA Business Excellence Awards Dinner, in association with Dell, was attended by an audience of senior executives from the international motorsport business community.
First presented in 1995, the MIA Business Excellence Awards recognize excellence at all levels within the motorsport and high performance engineering industry.
The 2013 winners, in the seven categories, were:
Service to the Industry Award supported by Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems
Teamwork Award supported by Grainger & Worrall
Technology & Innovation supported by Ricardo
New Markets supported by Dell
Export Achievement supported by Performance Racing Industry
Small Business of Year – with annual sales under £5 million supported by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership
Business of the Year - with annual sales exceeding £5 million supported by Xtrac
Aylett concluded, “It is a huge honour for us to be in the company of winners and finalists who have once more impressed our judges, with their outstanding innovation and performance in 2013.”