A forward-looking North East manufacturer has come up with a new solution for safely testing marine bollards and is now planning to take the innovation global.
Do you know the value of your company’s intellectual property? 96% of businesses don't! Do you know who owns the IP in a logo, website, drawings etc? 74% of businesses are unsure. Developing a clear IP strategy can be a potential minefield for SME manufacturers, as Matt Stevenson, MD of Norfolk-based Seneye knows only too well. Find out how MAS could support you in evaluating the intellectual property of your ideas, protecting your IP rights and developing a clear IP strategy to support growth in your business.
Have you been let down by your current supplier? Do they deliver on time in full and to the quality you expect? Are they agile and responsive enough to meet your demands? Can they support the volume or design capabilities you need? If you're thinking of looking at alternative suppliers or a second source of supply, MAS could support you with a part-funded project to create a detailed specification, research potential local suppliers with the relevant capabilities, and develop selection criteria to help you make the most informed choice.
MAS’s regular contact with Large Enterprises through its supply chain initiative has indicated that a pre-requisite to tendering for large contracts is the adoption of the Environmental Management standard ISO 14001. This means manufacturers who are not accredited to ISO 14001 are highly unlikely to be in a position to benefit from larger tender opportunities. ISO 14001 will be changing significantly from next year, so if you're going to do it, do it now!
A match made in Yorkshire is reaping the dividends of being ahead of the reshoring trend by bringing products to market and creating new jobs. Kiravans, a campervan conversion specialist, was introduced to Sheffield-based PCT Metalmex two years ago in a bid to find a domestic manufacturing solution for its bench seat swivel base that allows seats to rotate from front to back.
For SMEs, growth can be an immeasurable challenge. Increase demand for your products too quickly - before your systems, finances and people are in a position to be able to cope - and you risk sinking before you even start. It’s easy to get bogged down in the day to day challenges of running a business, but if you’re serious about growth, developing a structured manufacturing growth plan for the next three to five years is vital. Read the MAS guide to Manufacturing Growth Planning…