Government gives online support to UK manufacturers

The Government has launched a new website to help boost the productivity of UK manufacturers.


The Government has launched a new website to help boost the productivity of UK manufacturers.

The Government has launched a new website to help boost the productivity of UK manufacturers. This comes as part of a £15 million package of support for the manufacturing industry.

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is being set up by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Regional Development Agencies. It will complement the Small Business Service and its Business Link network, providing a source of “affordable and practical advice” for small- and medium-sized enterprises that relates “specifically to their needs as manufacturers.”

“Knowledge and know-how” are the focus of the ServiceÂ’s aim to achieve “competitive advantage” and improve UK productivity, which “generally lags behind that of our major competitors.” The Government also hopes to transfer “new technologies, materials, best practice methods and processes” between the 135,000 UK manufacturers and also facilitate “training, education and skills development.”

The MAS works through a national network of Regional Centres of Manufacturing Excellence (RCME), which act as “focal points for the delivery of support services to SME manufacturers” and will be the first point of contact for manufacturing companies. A supporting network of Centres of Expertise in Manufacturing is also being established.

The website hopes to provide “a brief and user friendly introduction to the DTIÂ’s proposed MAS” and to keep manufacturing enterprises, particularly small- and medium-sized ones, informed of developments that could help them “achieve a competitive advantage and improve their productivity.” As the MAS develops it is intended that a dedicated SME manufacturing website will be set up.

For more information visit the DTI website at www.dti.gov.uk and select “Manufacturing” from the list of sites.

(15/4/02)

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