Manufacturing Advisory Service overhauled

A new-look Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) operating nationally is to focus on helping small and medium sized manufacturers to grow, Business Minister Mark Prisk has announced.

The new service will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium with government boasting that it will help create £1.5bn in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs. The Manufacturing Advisory Service will now specifically focus on: -driving business growth through strategic and technical support for SMEs developing Advanced Manufacturing capabilities and creating high value jobs; -enabling business improvement with manufacturers operating in global supply chains -linking SMEs with the Apprenticeship programme delivering a minimum of 1,250 engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships annually Mark Prisk said the new service would help Britain's SME manufacturers grow and create more outstanding companies. Previously delivered through now defunct Regional Development Agencies, the new service says it will deliver four times the current return on investment.