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Support for manufacturers

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise

What does this involve?

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) helps businesses across the manufacturing supply chain become more productive, profitable, and competitive.

The SMAS offering is tailored to the needs of each business they partner with. SMAS has a wide range of expertise and can help you:

  • create a clear vision, mission, and strategy to enable business growth
  • increase the productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of your processes
  • explore digital technologies, automation, and Industry 4.0
  • improve quality, cost, and lead times
  • redefine the culture of your business to encourage continuous improvement
  • identify and solve problems in the business
  • improve team working and leadership skills

SMAS practitioners will take the time to understand your business, its goals, and opportunities for improvement. This activity is typically conducted on site with your team. 

If appropriate, your SMAS practitioner will prepare a proposal to show where SMAS can add value to your business through targeted interventions or signpost you to other specialist skills.

Am I eligible?

Businesses across the manufacturing supply chain in Scotland are eligible for SMAS support. SMAS can work with any business of any size, from any sector across the whole of Scotland.

What does this cost?

SMAS reviews are free of charge. Any additional project support will cost £300 per day for a small or medium-sized business (SME) or £600 for a non-SME.

Who is this for?

Any manufacturing business in Scotland.

How long does this take?

Once you’ve submitted your enquiry, you should hear back from an adviser within 5 days (excluding weekends).

Important information

SMAS practitioners are highly experienced industry leaders, who provide impartial, tailored support to clients. They will guide businesses through immediate tactical challenges as well as longer term strategic change to support improvements in the bottom line.

The team has a wealth of knowledge and can connect you to an incredible network of other support. Their ‘fresh pair of eyes’ approach challenges businesses to prepare and plan for the future.

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser will be in touch to discuss your needs.

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise