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New manufacturing advisory service is launched

03 January 2012

A new national programme that will focus on helping small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow has been launched. The new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England, and will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium, comprising Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium and SWMAS. It has been estimated that the new MAS will help to generate £1.5 billion in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.

Mark Prisk

Business Minister Mark Prisk (pictured) 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.”

Karl Eddy, Head of Government Infrastructure Advisory at Grant Thornton and Head of MAS, said: "This type of programme is vital to support Britain's businesses and economy in growth. MAC is driven by a passion for dynamic, innovative business and has proven experience in delivering advice for growth. As we drive this historically successful programme in to a new era we encourage business leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs in the manufacturing sector to contact a local advisor to find out more about how MAS can deliver real benefits for their business."

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 up to £125 million fund 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.

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