Liverpool-based supercar manufacturer, Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) has moved up a gear since driving away with last year’s Merseyside Innovation Award (MIA), growing its team as well as its order book.
BAC has grown to become a considerable global luxury brand in recent years thanks to its cutting-edge Mono, a single-seater, road legal supercar that is turning heads as far afield as the US and Dubai.
The company said that the MIA win and its prize of £10,000 has helped it to fund five university student placements, adding to its growing team of specialists with young technical talent.
One such student, Rob Bergers is working as part of the engineering team at BAC, gaining valuable experience within the highly-skilled group. He commented: “I am thrilled to be part of such a pioneering business and I am grateful for the opportunity to develop my skills with a world leader.
“At BAC I am building on the academic elements of my degree with the practical, real-world experience at the cutting edge of engineering design and technology. The Merseyside Innovation Awards made this possible.”
The BAC team has tripled in size since its award win, with the firm now employing over 20 people.
Noting that it was a Merseyside business “driven by passion and innovation”, founding director of BAC, Neill Briggs said: “Thanks to our success at the MIA, we have been able to invest in top, young talent, which will develop skills within Merseyside and add to a growing pool of expertise in this region.”
BAC’s Mono is a lightweight, road legal supercar designed and manufactured using the latest racing technology. With blistering performance, it sets a new benchmark in what road legal cars can do.
Over the past year, BAC has co-developed lightweight carbon-ceramic brakes for Mono and is continuing to focus on innovation, with a number of radical projects in development, enhancing both performance and the bespoke features of the car.
Since setting up in South Liverpool, BAC’s productivity has increased in line with the firm’s global client base and is now exporting cars to all corners of the world, helping to fly the flag for Merseyside’s credentials as a centre of innovation.
Briggs concluded: “Six months on, we are still delighted to have been crowned Merseyside Innovation Award winners. The prize represents a significant amount of investment and the prestige that comes with it is enormously beneficial. I wish all the businesses well in this year’s competition.
“If I could offer them one piece of advice it would be to have a clear goal in mind with regard to the future development of their business and to work every day towards it.”
The Merseyside Innovation Awards is now accepting entries for 2015. The final deadline to enter is May 15.
The overall winner will get £10,000 cash with the runners up given the chance to access specialist business support worth up to £2,000.
The final will take place on July 9 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool.