What is MAS?

The Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) is a business support service for manufacturing SMEs in England. We help businesses to improve and grow.
We're committed to helping Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who represent over 95 per cent of our nation’s manufacturing base. These firms are the backbone of the economy

Funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, MAS has an 80-strong team of expert Manufacturing Advisors on the ground working with management teams to plan long-term strategies, improve processes, bring new products to market and develop their supply chains.

Our support for manufacturers

Our assistance starts with a free manufacturing business review and the development of an action plan tailored to identify and address key issues.

If there is feasible ambition to grow, our Advisor can bring in a suitable specialist consultant to deliver an in-depth project,  this is normally 50% match funded by MAS.  Projects can vary in value, scope and depth*.

Helping to deliver the Industrial Strategy through Sector Support

Helping SMEs manage and invest in their supply chain has always been a priority for MAS however, we are now moving that offer forward with the introduction of MAS has introduced Reshore UK to actively support manufacturers looking to reshore production.

We'll engage with larger manufacturers in priority growth sectors to help build capacity to support their expansion. MAS works with the suppliers of tier1s and OEMs to ensure they offer the level of performance and capability required to take advantage of global opportunities.


Find out more about BIS and the Industrial Strategy, the policy our service supports in helping companies grow in England.

We face unprecedented challenges in the global race for economic success and need to compete globally.  MAS is dedicated to supporting key growth sectors highlighted in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, revealed in September 2012, supporting large enterprises and SMEs with sector specialist support.

How we are funded and who is behind it?

MAS is funded by government and part funded in areas by European Regional Development Fund.

MAS is delivered by a national consortium, led by Grant Thornton UK LLP with Pera Consulting Ltd, South West Manufacturing Advisory Service Ltd and the West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium Ltd, it applies the expertise of the private sector and national sector specialists to local businesses through a consistent delivery framework.

We use specialist Consultants to deliver improvement  projects

MAS uses specialist consultants to deliver in-depth projects, selected by the manufacturer following a Manufacturing Review.

If you're a consultant and want to join our delivery team visit our Consultant page for more information.

If you'd like to search for a consultant visit our Registered Consultants Directory (external website)

Our Customer Journey

To start accessing support

If you're a manufacturing SME based in England you're able to sign-up for a free review of your business today by completing a Manufacturing Review sign-up or call us on 0845 658 9600

*terms and conditions apply, this is discussed with you during a manufacturing review and we'll confirm all the details in writing before you start a project.

"Thanks to SC21, we are now in a position to win £200,000 of new contracts, not to mention introducing new products and technologies."

Mark Robinson, MD
Thermacore Europe Ltd

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Thermacore Europe Ltd

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