New manufacturing advisory service launched

03 January 2012 #SMMT News

Business Minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC), have today announced the launch of a new national programme, which will focus on helping small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow.

The new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England. It will be delivered by the MAC, which is comprised of Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd. It has been estimated that the new MAS will help to generate £1.5 billion in economic growth, create 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said, “Manufacturing contributes half of Britain’s exports and has much higher productivity than the rest of the economy so it is essential to our plans for growth. That is why we are taking steps to ensure our industrial base is thriving as part of a strong and balanced UK economy.

“The new Manufacturing Advisory Service will play a key role, providing tailored advice to businesses helping them to grow and thrive, with a specific focus on helping SMEs improve competitiveness and unlock their growth potential.”

Small manufacturing businesses will also have access to a new initiative recently announced by the government to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. The fund, of up to £125 million, will cover the whole of England and will help to support the UK supply chain, encourage new suppliers to invest in the UK and support economic growth.

Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme can find out more by visiting or by calling an advisor on 0845 658 9600.

A flourishing UK supply base is fundamental to the future success of the wider automotive industry. Click through to read about how SMMT is strengthening the supply chain.

Visit the Automotive Council website to find out more about the aims and objectives of its Supply Chain Group.


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