West Midlands manufacturing event

Posted on 9 Jan 2012

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is teaming up with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) to provide insight into manufacturing support and future opportunities in the region.

The interactive event is due to be held at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce on 13 January. It will give delegates the chance to hear about latest developments and discuss new opportunities and challenges.

Also on the agenda is the new MAS service as it sends out the message that it will continue to provide targeted support to firms in Birmingham, Cannock Chase, Lichfield, Solihull, East Staffordshire, North Worcester and Tamworth.

There will also be a presentation on the World Class Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) programme, which offers funding support to help manufacturers involved in, or looking to break into the aerospace and defence sector.

Birmingham-based cable assembly firm, CHH CoNeX, are giving a presentation on Friday after benefiting from SC21 funding. The company’s managing director Tim Hughes said: “For manufacturing businesses like us, access to timely advice and funding is vital to our continued growth and success. MAS provided us with some valuable information and assisted us with funding that supported us in achieving the SC21 Silver Award.”

The event features presentations from GBSLEP board members Brian Francis and Paul Heaven. Mr Francis is European chairman of the metal components and structural systems manufacturer Gestamp Tallent Automotive, and Paul Heaven is managing director at the consultancy firm Blue Sky Corporate Finance.

Peter Jones, SC21 project manager at MAS will be providing a keynote speech at the event and a host of local companies who have tapped into the organisation’s strategic advice and guidance service will also be in attendance.

Peter Jones, said: “It’s the perfect opportunity to hear more about what the national MAS service can do, ranging from a dedicated telephone hotline and manufacturing reviews to specialist events and part-funding consultancy to improve productivity and encourage strategic transformation projects.

Mr Jones added: “As part of the offer, we also run SC21 which is a supply chain initiative that improves performance, reduces costs, encourage innovation and helps firms to attract new orders in aerospace and defence. There are grants of up to £20,000 available to boost companies working towards this standard.”

The event will also feature the latest information on the Advanced Engineering Supply Chain funding.

Contact Carrie Holmes for more information on 01902 838 326 or email [email protected].

For further details on the national restructuring of MAS, click here: https://www.themanufacturer.com/articles/mac-launches-new-manufacturing-advisory-service/