A national programme to help small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow has officially launched.
Business minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) recently announced that the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England.
It has been estimated that the MAS will help to generate £1.5bn in economic growth, create 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 existing jobs.
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 that 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 to improve competitiveness and unlock their growth potential.’