An enhanced national programme that will help small- and medium-sized manufacturers in Shropshire has been officially launched.
The Manufacturing Advisory Service, which has been operating in the county since 2002, is promising to provide companies with a range of tailored support to boost sales, encourage growth, embrace innovation and improve supply-chain development.
The new offer will see specialist advisers - working on the ground - with a specific focus on advancing manufacturing capabilities and creating high value jobs.
Shropshire manufacturers will be able to tap into a wide range of assistance, including a direct phone hotline (0845 658 9600), manufacturing reviews and networking events tackling key industry issues.
They will also be able to access grants for strategic change projects in their business.
Simon Griffiths, MAS Area Director North and West, said:
"The Manufacturing Advisory Service has been delivering specialist support in Shropshire for more than eight years, and the new look programme will continue to build on the relationships already in place.
“As we move into this next era we encourage business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in the manufacturing sector to contact a local adviser to find out more about how we can deliver real benefits for your business.
“We’ve launched a new website that will provide the latest information, and we are looking to work with partners to host events in the county to give companies the opportunity to ask questions about future support.”
MAS is also inviting Shropshire firms to take part in the World Class Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21).
Up to £20,000 of grants are available for companies to work towards the new best practice programme, which has been specifically designed for manufacturers involved or looking to tap into the aerospace and defence sector.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), SC21 helps businesses improve manufacturing processes, supplier relationships and quality and on time-delivery performance.
Each participant on the initiative will be given access to a dedicated MAS adviser and specialist consultant who will provide in-depth on-site assistance throughout the duration of the journey.
Peter Jones, SC21 Project Manager, concluded:
“This is the final opportunity for Shropshire companies to gain support towards SC21, and many have already taken advantage to reduce costs, retain work and secure new orders.”
To find out more, follow the link to the website on this page.