Motorsport Industry Association

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Motorsport Industry Association
Abbreviation MIA
Motto The global business network for motorsport
Formation April 1994
Type Trade association
Legal status Limited company
Purpose Motorsport in the United Kingdom
Headquarters Federation House, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
Region served
Chief Executive
Chris Aylett
Main organ
MIA Committee (President - The Rt Hon the Lord Astor of Hever, PC, DL, Chairman - Jim Morris, Managing Director, Lifeline Fire & Safety Systems)
Website MIA

The Motorsport Industry Association is the global trade association for the motorsport industry and is based in the United Kingdom. Most top-level motorsport constructors are based in the UK. Around 75% of motorsport research and development takes place in the UK.


The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) is the world's leading trade association for the motorsport, performance engineering, services and tuning sectors. The MIA represents the specialised needs of this highly successful global industry as it undergoes continuing rapid development throughout the world.[1]

Although most of the British motorsport industry is based in the so-called Motorsport Valley® (the name comes from Silicon Valley) in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire, around the Silverstone Circuit, the organisation is in Warwickshire, just a short drive up the M40. Motorsport Valley ® is a registered trade mark of the Motorsport Industry Association, owned by them on behalf of its members


It represents the UK motorsport industry at a national level. Around 4,500 companies in the UK are involved in the motorsport industry, with an annual turnover of around £9 billion, with more than half being exports. It spends 30% of turnover on research and development. There are around 25,000 qualified engineers involved in the UK industry. The MIA was started by Brian Sims, ex-Marketing Director of F1 Benetton and Lola and achieved significant success before the current CEO. Brian Sims is a recognized authority on sponsorship in sport and lectures at Oxford Brookes University and other institutions as a visiting lecturer. He was responsible for creating the annual awards ceremony at the House of Lords and bringing in sponsorship that led to the success of the MIA.

National Motorsport Week – running from the end of June each year – is a special celebration of UK motor sport jointly promoted by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and blasts off with the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Formula E - London and finishes with the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone.[2]


In April 1994, leading personalities in British motorsport joined forces to form their own trade association - the MIA - with the aim of promoting one of the UK's most successful industries - motorsport. The original concept was proposed by Founder and original CEO, Brian Sims, with the first Executive Committee comprising Rob Baldock (Accenture); Dick Scammel (Cosworth);Tony Schulp (Haymarket); John Kirkpatrick (Jim Russell Racing Drivers School); Tony Panaro (Euro Northern Travel) and Tony Fletcher (Premier Fuels).

The Rt Hon the Lord Astor of Hever, PC, DL accepted the role of Honorary MIA President for a second time when his term as a Defence Minister ended in 2015. To read the press release on the announcement of Lord Astor’s re-election as MIA President, click here.

The MIA has embraced an ever-expanding international network of business contacts, the result being that today it boasts nearly 400 Global members, whose companies transact more than £9 billion of motorsport business worldwide.[1]

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  1. ^ "MIA Profile". Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Homepage". Retrieved 2015-12-14. 

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