Manufacturing Hub launched to offer MAS-style support for industry

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A team of industry experts has today (3 May) launched The Manufacturing Hub, a group aimed at helping businesses in the industry with specialised assistance in strategy, funding and other business-critical areas.

The group consists of Alison Phillips, Rachel Eade (MBE), PP Business Improvement, Cucumber PR and Start 2 Finish Marketing. It hopes to offer expertise that manufacturers lost access to when the Manufacturing Advice Service (MAS) was wound down late last year.

The members of the group have collectively worked with more than 700 firms in the past five years. It is set to offer support in lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, sales and marketing and communications.

Rachel Eade, automotive specialist, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank, said that the government axing MAS “left a massive gap for business support that understood what manufacturers needed and how it should be delivered”.

“A lot of the firms I was talking to were worried that the general offer wouldn’t do anything for them so I decided to speak to a few colleagues to look at a way of creating a collective of experts that could fill the gap,” she continued.

The Manufacturing Hub will fill the void, providing a single source solution for manufacturers looking to access external expertise to improve production processes, plan for growth, target more sales and raise their profile.”