Manufacturing Advisory Service launched

A new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is to focus on helping small and medium sized manufacturers to grow, creating an estimated £1.5bn in economic growth and 23,000 jobs.

The new service will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC) and will also help safeguard 50,000 jobs.

The MAS will continue to deliver a national service to all manufacturing businesses in England but the new consortium now means that there will be a specific focus on driving business growth through strategic and technical support for SMEs developing advanced manufacturing capabilities and creating high value jobs.

Also, on enabling business improvement with manufacturers operating in global supply chains and linking SMEs with the apprenticeship programme delivering a minimum of 1,250 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships annually.

Business Minister Mark 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 our industrial base is thriving as part of a strong and balanced UK economy."

"Britain has world class manufacturers and the new Manufacturing Advisory Service will help them grow and create more outstanding companies with a particular focus on helping SMEs."

Further information:
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills