- Manufacturing Advisory Service
Manufacturing Advisory Service Abbreviation MAS Motto The manufacturing advisory service Formation April 1, 2002 Type Government agency Purpose/focus External technical and strategic advice for SME manufacturers in the UK Headquarters Regional offices in the UK Region served England and Scotland Membership 130 regional advisors Parent organization Solutions for Business, Regional Development Agencies Affiliations Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Business Link Budget £50 million (2012-15) Website MAS
The Manufacturing Advisory Service is a government agency in England and Scotland that advises manufacturing companies.
It was founded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI, which became BERR in 2007) in April 2002. It was split into regions and was aimed at SMEs to offer technical and strategic advice. The regional offices were titled regional Centres of Manufacturing Excellence. There was also co-operation with trade associations, research councils and university departments. In the first year the MAS had on average improved companies productivity by 30%, reduced waste by 37%, and increased inventory turnover by 90%. It had been launched with £27 million funding for three years.
In many ways it is similar to what Business Link provides for all small businesses, except that Business Link may not have the in-depth experience of manufacturing, specifically the technical know-how. From November 2011 Business Link is mostly to be disbanded, due to abolishment of regional development agencies (RDAs), and replaced with regional websites. Much of Business Link's advice was previously via its extensive website. Like Business Link, MAS was funded through RDAs. Half of the MAS's funding came from its RDA and the other half came from BIS.
In early 2004 the MAS was in line to be cancelled. In July 2004 it was announced that Business Link would be run by RDAs, and not central government. It 2005 the MAS was receiving £6 million a year.
On 14 October 2011 Mark Prisk, a minister at the BIS, announced an overhaul of the MAS. It will offer much of what it has done, but due to the regional developments agencies being abolished, it will be a national organisation from 1 January 2012. The new national programme will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium comprising Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd.
On 10 December 2010 he had announced that the MAS would not be abolished, as Business Link will be, but will have a 25% cut in funding. It is costing £20 million a year, which will be reduced to £15 million. For the last financial year Business Link received £190 million.
It works with training centres that are a Centre of Vocational Excellence. It has a helpline for advice (0845 658 9600). It can conduct a free Manufacturing Review on SME manufacturers, and offers subsidised consultancy (up to 50%), and has local events.
The support offered by the Manufacturing Advisory Service covers
Level 1 (Enquiries)Provided by a small team of experienced advisors geographically dispersed round England ensuring detailed local knowledge supported by an enhanced website offering a range of online support packages.
Level 2 (Manufacturing Review) Continue to provide 1 day (2 days for more complex businesses), on-site specialist manufacturing diagnostic review. MAC will use a new diagnostic tool based on the principles of "Manufacturing Excellence" developed in conjunction with the Warwick Manufacturing Group which includes comparisons against best-in-class. In addition, a "Fast Track" over the 'phone Level 2 will be introduced for common, well understood issues.
Level 3 (Events)Continue to provide training and networking events, including best practice visits. These will be an integral part of delivering the Business Improvement actions identified at Level 2. This will be complemented by a Sustainable Improvement Community using best practice social networking tools to provide peer-led best practice examples and lower cost forms of self help.
Level 4 (Consultancy) Introduction of a three tier Level 4 project structure: · MAS Foundation Service: Funding up to £1,000 (or a maximum of 50%) towards an improvement project - targeted at companies who need basic low level help. · MAS Step Change Service: Funding of up to £3,000 (or 50% maximum) towards a more significant improvement programme. · MAS Transformation Service: Funding of up to £10,000 (or 50% maximum) for a strategic change to the business.
Level 5 (Referrals)MAS advisors are responsible for identifying partner organisation support but retain responsibility for referral until it is demonstrated and confirmed by the client that the partner organisation has addressed the client need.
Supply Chain Focus on helping SMEs diversify into advanced manufacturing supply chains; helping original equipment manufacturers and their supply chains develop better relationships and greater efficiency; helping groups of SMEs in supply chains or clusters interact more effectively. It will use the tools available through Levels 1 - 5 with custom implementation packages assembled to suit client needs delivered by a team of dedicated supply chain experts. 
It has regional offices (9) across the UK
- North East England
- North West England - Trafford Park, Manchester
- Yorkshire and the Humber
- West Midlands
- East Midlands - Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
- East of England - Melbourn, Cambridgeshire
- South West England - Twigworth, Gloucestershire
- South East England
- Manufacturing Technologies Association
- Manufacturing in the United Kingdom
- Technology life cycle
- New Enterprise Allowance
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