Scottish manufacturing advice service helps generate £56m

Scottish Enterprise has announced that its Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) has helped to generate £56m of productivity benefits since it was launched five years ago.

SMAS has dealt with 3,600 enquiries from Scottish manufacturing companies over the past five years and undertaken 500 intensive business-improvement projects to help manufacturers identify new ways to increase productivity and improve efficiency.

These projects have involved Scottish Enterprise’s team of 30 advisors spending 3,400 days with the companies, implementing new ways of working and introducing solutions that fit with the business’s priorities.

One in six projects have been with companies in the engineering sector, with 82 projects generating more than £16m of productivity benefits.