Meet the Team

Rachel Eade MBE

I’m passionate about UK manufacturing and supporting companies grow and develop, and ensure access to all the opportunities they can. I offer executive coaching, business growth strategy and implementation, access to finance including grants and the power of business networking.

I have over twenty years’ experience in business support and development, specialising in the automotive and transport manufacturing supply chain since 1996, awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honour’s list for services to the automotive industry, and in May 2015 received the ISME Gold Medal Award.
In my previous roles at Accelerate and MAS over the last 20 years I have played a pivotal role in evolving the SME support offer, and have assisted more than 5000 companies.
I have worked with and supported in excess of 50 supply chain development programmes, with many UK vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1s/primes, along with more than 250 SME supply group networks. I devised and secured funding for the only UK response programme to support suppliers affected by the Japanese tsunami and developed the need for the National Tooling Loan Fund and bank tooling programmes.

I enjoy acting as a judge for automotive and supply chain awards, with The Manufacturer (ten plus years), Top 100 Manufacturing Leaders, Black Country Chamber, Insider and Formula 1 Schools.
I am a passionate commentator on automotive manufacturing issues and act as a go-to spokesperson for local, regional and national media. contributing UK Automotive Council as a member and presenting evidence at enquiries.

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