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January 09, 2012

Funding and Support Opportunities in the West Midlands

The new look MAS launched last week with funding available for small and medium manufacturing businesses. The delivery team consists of Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd. Some of the tools and support will be delivered through expertise provided from WMG. MAS is already a well-established business support programme in the region and highly respected for all areas of manufacturing advice and new product development.

The initiative is aimed at improving the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains and it is estimated that it will help to generate £1.5bn in economic growth, 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.

Launching the MAS programme, 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.”

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Other current Government funded opportunities available for SMEs in the West Midlands include:

Smart Research Grants

Creative KTN Games Competition

Sustainable Manufacturing for the Process Industry

Manufacturing Processes

Building Performance Evaluation

WMG is keen to collaborate on projects with SMEs so do get in touch if you have an idea you want to partner on. Additionally there are locally/European funded initiatives from university departments like WMG to support SMEs. Please contact for more information.


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