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— Friday October 14, 2011 10:25 AM
New Help For Manufacturers
could Generate £1.5bn Growth
and Create 23,000 Jobs
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A new nationally operated Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) will
focus on helping small and medium sized manufacturers to grow,
Business Minister Mark Prisk announced today.
The new service will be delivered by the
Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC)
and will help create an estimated £1.5bn
in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and
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The Manufacturing Advisory Service will continue to deliver a national service
to all manufacturing businesses in England but the new consortium now
means that there will be 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; and
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linking SMEs with the apprenticeship programme delivering a minimum of
1,250 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships annually.
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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
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Karl Eddy, Partner at Grant Thornton, said;
"MAS is designed to support all manufacturers to retain employment, improve
productivity and deliver significant growth to the UK economy. At its core is a
passion and drive to help dynamic, innovative businesses to grow - even in a
challenging economic environment. These principles are very much at the
heart of the MAC consortium's own business strategy and values. Our proven
expertise in delivering advice to growing businesses combined with specialist
regional, market and technical knowledge allows us to bring scale,
commitment and innovation for entrepreneurship to the future of this
programme.
"As the service moves to a national delivery model the consortium will
continue to recognise and cater for regional needs. The service will continue
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to be delivered from locations across England."
Previously delivered through the Regional Development Agencies the new
service will deliver four times the current return on investment.
The Manufacturing Advisory Consortium comprises Grant Thornton, Pera, WM
Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd.
Earlier this week the Government made a series of manufacturing
announcements to support industry and encourage young people to consider
a career in modern manufacturing. Earlier in the day, the Minister visited the
BMW plant at Hams Hall to take part in the 'See Inside Manufacturing'
initiative, where he met a group of young people being taken around the
plant.
Notes to editors
1. The new MAS offer will comprise:
Level 1 (Enquiries)
Provided by a small team of experienced advisors geographically dispersed
round England ensuring detailed local knowledge supported by an enhanced
website offering a range of online support packages.
Level 2 (Manufacturing Review)
Continue to provide 1 day (2 days for more complex businesses), on-site
specialist manufacturing diagnostic review. MAC will use a new diagnostic tool
based on the principles of "Manufacturing Excellence" developed in
conjunction with the Warwick Manufacturing Group which includes
comparisons against best-in-class. In addition, a "Fast Track" over the 'phone
Level 2 will be introduced for common, well understood issues.
Level 3 (Events)
Continue to provide training and networking events, including best practice
visits. These will be an integral part of delivering the Business Improvement
actions identified at Level 2. This will be complemented by a Sustainable
Improvement Community using best practice social networking tools to
provide peer-led best practice examples and lower cost forms of self help.
Level 4 (Consultancy)
Introduction of a three tier Level 4 project structure:
· MAS Foundation Service: Funding up to £1,000 (or a maximum of 50%)
towards an improvement project - targeted at companies who need basic low
level help.
· MAS Step Change Service: Funding of up to £3,000 (or 50% maximum)
towards a more significant improvement programme.
· MAS Transformation Service: Funding of up to £10,000 (or 50% maximum)
for a strategic change to the business.
Level 5 (Referrals)
MAS advisors are responsible for identifying partner organisation support but
retain responsibility for referral until it is demonstrated and confirmed by the
client that the partner organisation has addressed the client need.
Supply Chain
Focus on helping SMEs diversify into advanced manufacturing supply
chains; helping original equipment manufacturers and their supply chains
develop better relationships and greater efficiency; helping groups of SMEs in
supply chains or clusters interact more effectively. It will use the tools
available through Levels 1 - 5 with custom implementation packages
assembled to suit client needs delivered by a team of dedicated supply chain
experts.
2. The 'See Inside Manufacturing' initiative, being piloted by the automotive
sector this year, is open to all young people in the UK, providing a unique
opportunity to get behind the scenes of some of the UK's world-class
automotive facilities to learn about modern manufacturing and the range of
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rewarding jobs available in this exciting and diverse sector. The initiative will
be rolled out to the rest of the manufacturing centre next year.
3. The quoted figures on growth potential and job creation are based on best
practice from four experienced MAS suppliers with innovative strategies to
increase client outcomes and reduce costs. The forecast outcomes are based
on evidence from past performance and proven capability to replicate and
scale best possible outcomes nationally.
4. BIS's online newsroom contains the latest press notices, speeches, as well
as video and images for download. It also features an up to date list of BIS
press office contacts. See http://www.bis.gov.uk/newsroom for more
information.
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