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New, nationally-operated Manufacturing Advisory Service could help generate £1.5bn in growth

Posted: 24/11/11

South West manufacturers will continue to receive expert advice and practical, hands-on support from the same local network of manufacturing specialists but with the additional support and backing of a new nationally-operated Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), that could help generate £1.5bn in growth

Business Minister, Mark Prisk, has announced that SWMAS Ltd, which has successfully delivered the Manufacturing Advisory Service to manufacturers across the region for the last 10 years, is one of four organisations appointed to form a Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC). The MAC will deliver a new, nationally-operated MAS focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers to grow. MAS will continue to deliver a national service to all manufacturing businesses and could help create £1.5bn in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs. 

The new MAS will also offer a specific focus on:

- Driving business growth through strategic and technical support for SMEs developing Advanced Manufacturing capabilities and creating high value jobs

- Enabling business improvement with manufacturers operating in global supply chains

- Linking SMEs with the Apprenticeship programme delivering a minimum of 1,250 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships annually

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. Britain has world class manufacturers and the new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) will help them grow and create more outstanding companies with a particular focus on helping SMEs.”

The new service is expected to deliver four times the current return on investment. Along with SWMAS Ltd, the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium comprises Grant Thornton, Pera and WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd.

Visit the South West Manufacturing Advisory Service