The British motorsport industry celebrated another successful year in 2012 with the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) annual Business Excellence Awards.
The event, which took place January 10 in Birmingham, as part of the Autosport 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 Grove-based Williams F1. Williams F1 had a fantastic year in 2012, with Pastor Maldonado taking his first Grand Prix victory in Spain, the team’s first race victory since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix. Williams Hybrid Power (WHP) also made history by helping the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro to become the first hybrid vehicle to win Le Mans.
Arianna Maugeri, European & Middle Eastern Business Development Manager at Performance Racing Industry, presented the Export Achievement Award to David Dodd, of Interex Motorsport.
The sold-out MIA Awards Dinner was attended by an audience of 500 senior executives from the international motorsport business community.
The main event was supported by PRI, Xtrac, Goodridge, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, Grainger & Worrall, Desk Top Engineering, Ricardo and Autosport International.
First presented in 1995, the MIA Business Excellence Awards were created to recognize excellence at all levels within the motorsport and high performance engineering industry.
The 2012 winners, in the seven categories, were:
Service to the Industry supported by Goodridge
New Markets supported by Desktop Engineering
Export Achievement supported by PRI
Technology and Innovation supported by Ricardo
Small Business of the Year supported by NEP
Teamwork supported by Grainger & Worrall
Business of the Year supported by Xtrac
Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA, commented, “It’s a real privilege for us to be able to present the MIA awards winners every year. 2012 brought considerable success for our membership across the world and this year’s winners are unique examples of the dynamism that binds the motorsport industry together.”