Hewitt launches online support for UK manufacturers

A new government website dedicated to boosting productivity amongst the UK’s manufacturers was launched today by Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service website is an integral part of a £15 million package of government support and will allow new or existing manufacturers to access valuable sources of external support and skills.

‘Businesses of all sizes can now access information on issues which matter to manufacturing – like management, processes, product development, innovation and new technology,’ said Hewitt.

‘They will also be able to access over 100 organisations with expertise in these fields. This National Network of Centres of Expertise will work with manufacturers to help them improve their operations, complementing the Regional Centres for Manufacturing Excellence and the work of Business Links. The network will give manufacturers a starting point when they are looking for advice and support.’

The DTI Manufacturing Advisory Service is made up of the new website, the National Network of Centres of Expertise, and the Regional Centres for Manufacturing Excellence. Ten centres of excellence are set to be launched across England and Wales by June, 2002.

The regional centres will provide: practical support from a core team in a range of manufacturing issues, including site visits and diagnostic analysis; information and advice on specific manufacturing subjects through practical workshops and seminars; and information and sign-posting by telephone, e-mail and website.

The DTI Manufacturing Advisory Service website can be accessed through the DTI’s main website: www.dti.gov.uk/manufacturing/mas.

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