The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has launched a new national programme focused on growing small and medium manufacturing businesses.

The new Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), launched by business minister Mark Prisk and the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC), is now available to all manufacturing businesses across England.

It has been estimated that the new scheme will help generate £1.5bn in economic growth, create 23,000 jobs and safeguard 50,000 jobs.

Prisk commented: “The new Manufacturing Advisory Service will play a key role, providing tailored advice to businesses, helping them to grow and thrive, with a specific focus on helping SMEs improve competitiveness and unlock their growth potential.”

Businesses interested in finding out more about the programme can visit or call an advisor on 0845 658 9600.

Small manufacturing businesses will also have access to a new initiative recently announced by the government to improve the global competitiveness of UK advanced manufacturing supply chains. The funding – up to £125m – will cover the whole of England and will help to support the UK supply chain, encourage new suppliers to invest in the UK and support economic growth.