Friday, September 25, 2020

Yorkshire set to take advantage of new £6.5m boost for SME manufacturers

Small to Medium-sized (SME) manufacturers across Yorkshire are being urged to take their share of a £6.5m funding boost to help them recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and address key barriers to growth.

The Manufacturing Growth Programme, which is funded by ERDF and delivered by Oxford Innovation Services, has been extended until December 2022 and will give a further 2800 companies access to industry experts and grants to tackle immediate business issues and support improvement plans.

This additional backing will safeguard/create 3500 new jobs and takes the total package of support the initiative is able to deliver to £18.3m across 17 regions, with businesses in the Sheffield City Region able to apply for the first time.

Firms are given access to a dedicated local Manufacturing Growth Manager, who will use GROWTHmapper – an in-depth business diagnostic tool – to develop an individual action plan and support business projects, ranging from environmental improvements, leadership and management and marketing to people and skills, quality and supply chain development.

“All the media attention is on the headline manufacturers and how they are coping in the wake of Covid-19…it’s our job to look at how the smaller manufacturers supporting these big businesses are performing and what we can do to help them,” explained Martin Coats, Managing Director of the Manufacturing Growth Programme.

“Our track record in delivering on-the-ground expert support was pivotal in us securing an additional £6.5m of funding that is ring-fenced for ensuring SME manufacturers can overcome barriers to growth and return to doing what they do best…making things.”

He continued: “Helping manufacturers is not easy and you need a tailored approach, delivered by experts who know what it is like working in industry. The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), their local Growth Hubs and the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have seen first-hand the value we add to firms in their respective areas and this has resulted in further commitment to support us for another two and a half years.”

The Manufacturing Growth Programme is the only dedicated business support programme for SME manufacturers in Yorkshire, delivering £1.2m of grants since its launch in October 2016.

A recent survey delivered by MGP, in partnership with South West Manufacturing Advisory Service, revealed an urgent need for greater and faster financial support from the Government as they confront plummeting sales, production volumes and the prospect of job cuts amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is no great surprise to see that every indicator for confidence among firms appears to have worsened over the last six months. That said, it is heartening to see that some companies are adapting to the situation by diversifying their processes and product ranges in all manner of innovative ways,” commented Martin.

“While the number of projects we have supported has been maintained since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, demand has shifted from the larger SMEs towards micro businesses.

“This has also led to a change in the type of assistance. There is more demand for shorter-term marketing and product development projects and less for productivity and capacity building projects.

“As the economy recovers, it will be important to shift this pattern back, ensuring that support reaches larger SME manufacturers as well and delivers projects that rebuild capacity. The MGP is more important than ever in achieving this.”

Huddersfield-based Visual Systems Healthcare, a specialist in custom designed visual communication solutions for the NHS and private hospitals across the country, engaged with the Manufacturing Growth Programme to upgrade its production facility and support the introduction of a new solution that has already led to a 20% increase in its workforce.

Chris Hunter, Managing Director, commented: “Working with MGP has proven invaluable to the resilience and sustainability of our manufacturing operation, especially during these challenging times.

“Without this assistance, we would have been unable to fulfil the urgent time driven orders received from the Nightingale hospitals during April. My advice is simply to reach out and talk to the team at MGP, the difference they make is massive.”

Going forward, the Manufacturing Growth Programme will be working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to support the recovery of English manufacturers.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 lockdown having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £31.50 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.




Latest news

Haulage, storage and distribution firm secures 55,000 sq ft unit at St. Modwen Park Lincoln

St. Modwen will have another new occupier at St. Modwen Park Lincoln after haulage, storage and distribution firm George H Kime & Co Ltd...

Lincs businesses encouraged to access toolkit to ensure COVID compliance

Lincolnshire businesses are being encouraged to access a toolkit with all the information and guidance required to ensure they are COVID compliant. Put together by...

24 Yorkshire companies listed among nation’s leading mid-market private companies

Twenty-four companies have been named in the 16th annual Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s leading mid-market private companies with...

City of York Council set to commit to regeneration of Castle Gateway

Senior councillors will look at plans to press ahead with a bold transformation of one of York’s most significant city centre areas at the...

Commissions calls for £4.2bn annual skills investment to combat COVID, reboot economy

The Future-Ready Skills Commission is calling for £4.2 billion of skills investment a year to reboot the economy and help the UK recover from...

Founder of Yorkshire-based Hatmill named regional Service Industries Entrepreneur at GB Entrepreneur Awards

The founder of Yorkshire-based Hatmill, Simon Dixon, has been named regional Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year for Yorkshire and the North West at...

Related news

Haulage, storage and distribution firm secures 55,000 sq ft unit at St. Modwen Park Lincoln

St. Modwen will have another new occupier at St. Modwen Park Lincoln after haulage, storage and distribution firm George H Kime & Co Ltd...

Lincs businesses encouraged to access toolkit to ensure COVID compliance

Lincolnshire businesses are being encouraged to access a toolkit with all the information and guidance required to ensure they are COVID compliant. Put together by...

24 Yorkshire companies listed among nation’s leading mid-market private companies

Twenty-four companies have been named in the 16th annual Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s leading mid-market private companies with...

City of York Council set to commit to regeneration of Castle Gateway

Senior councillors will look at plans to press ahead with a bold transformation of one of York’s most significant city centre areas at the...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close