New figures released today show that the Government’s Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) has delivered a total added value of £28 million to UK firms since its launch in April 2002.
The new report, launched by Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt at the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) conference, shows that the service has provided an average added value of £116,000 for every company assisted.
The service was set up to provide practical advice through 10 centres throughout England and Wales to help manufacturing companies improve their productivity and competitiveness.
The report shows that the service has also responded to over 15,400 enquiries from firms seeking advice; visited over 4500 companies to carry out an initial ‘health check’; and gone on to complete almost 1000 in depth consultancies.
‘I know the future of UK manufacturing can be strong, but it will take a long term partnership between Industry, Government and the Unions,’ said Patricia Hewitt.
‘The Manufacturing Strategy laid the foundation but it is through initiatives like MAS that we see what can really be achieved when we work together,’ added Hewitt. ‘I strongly urge any manufacturer that has not engaged with it to contact their local centre as soon as possible.’
‘The true measure of any successful programme is for good practical advice to quickly translate into tangible benefits,’ commented Martin Temple, Chairman of Engineering Employers Federation. ‘MAS is delivering on this, and EEF, through a number of our regional Associations, is delighted to be playing a part in its success.’
The Government has so far invested £15 million of DTI funds, match funded by Regional Development Agencies, into the MAS. It operates through ten regional centres of manufacturing excellence; a national network of centres of expertise in manufacturing which companies can turn to for advice; and a dedicated website for manufacturers providing access to all parts of the MAS with access to other complimentary sources of information and advice.
The site can be accessed <A HREF=’http://www.dti.gov.uk/manufacturing/mas.htm’>Here</A>