Manufacturing Hub aims to unlock UK industry’s potential

Posted on 3 May 2016 by Jonny Williamson

New business support collective, the Manufacturing Hub has been launched today to help UK manufacturers unlock their potential and grow.

The Manufacturing Hub comprises Alison Phillips; Rachel Eade MBE; PP Business Improvement; Cucumber PR, and Start 2 Finish Marketing.

All firms have extensive experience of working with UK industry and can offer access to specialised assistance in lean manufacturing; strategy; continuous improvement; sales; marketing, and communications.

They also have contacts and extensive knowledge of the maze of funding opportunities available to companies in the UK.

Editor of The Manufacturer, Victoria Fitzgerald, recently sat down with Rachel Eade to discuss her 20-year career to date and what the future held. 

You can read the piece here

Rachel Eade, who has worked with the automotive sector for more than 20 years, explained: “When the Government decided to end MAS unexpectedly it 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.”

Eade 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.

“The organisations and individuals involved understand what makes the sector tick, stripping back the support jargon and getting to grips with the challenges and opportunities affecting your business.”

Companies accessing the Manufacturing Hub can use one, two or all five members to help their business, with one point of contact managing all of the delivery to ensure an effective and coordinated approach.

Director of PP Business Improvement, David Fox concluded: “External support is crucial to the development of the UK manufacturing base and can often unpick a long-term issue or open up new opportunities.

“The Government subsidies may have stopped, but that doesn’t mean industry shouldn’t have access to expertise that is geared to their sector.

“In our experience, manufacturers do not mind funding assistance and knowledge if they trust it will deliver long-term tangible benefits. The Manufacturing Hub is the new option on the business support scene.”