MAS launches campaign to showcase SMEs

GenMfg300The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is launching a campaign to showcase the role that England’s small to medium sized (SME) manufacturers play in driving economic growth.

The campaign, branded Manufacturing Matters, intends to raise the profile of a sector that, it points out, accounts for 110,000 businesses, 1.1 million jobs and a major share of £140bn of annual GDP.

The initiative will open up dialogue with the media, politicians and industry influencers to ensure the right support is in place to encourage growth and future job creation.

It will then culminate with a special week of activities in November that will include the launch of the next MAS Barometer, a series of debates and events covering topics such as innovation, skills, international trade and access to finance.

Stephen Peacock,Director at Grant Thornton who leads the consortium delivering MAS, said there was no better time to launch ‘Manufacturing Matters’ with recent reports and data suggesting a three year high in confidence, investment and output.

He continued: “The larger companies are the ones that usually get the column inches and airtime, yet it is the SMEs in the supply chain that make up 95% of industry.”

Manufacturing Matters is being heralded as “the biggest campaign of its type ever launched” and is backed by BIS (the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Growth Accelerator, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and UKTI (UK Trade & Investment).

Details of Manufacturing Matters’ final week will be published on http://manufacturingmatters.mymas.org shortly with opportunities for SMEs to get involved in a series of special events.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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