About The Programme | Manufacturing Growth Programme

We Believe in Supporting and Driving Growth in Local Economies

Supporting SME Manufacturers to grow by identifying, understanding and removing barriers to growth and enabling sustainable business improvement.

Providing free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to help:

Identify opportunities and create plans for growth and improvement

Work with the best external experts to implement those plans

Cover up to 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through an improvement grant

Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

Specialist Manufacturing Growth Managers provide free advice and support to businesses in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, parts of the East Midlands South East and East of England.

If your location isn’t highlighted on the map, please call us today on 01664 501301.
MGP regions

Solutions Offered

Tailored to your business, our Growth Managers will consider a range of growth solutions.

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Business Strategy

  • Developing a strategy for growth
  • Strategic planning and setting the goals
  • Implementing strategy
  • Growth plans
  • Planning for the future


  • Financial management
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Financial strategy
  • Financial modelling
  • Establishing financial metrics

Leadership and Management

  • Understanding your leadership style
  • Influence and motivate people
  • Team dynamics, behaviours and skills, team building
  • Organisational development

Customer Relationships

  • Market analysis
  • Key account management
  • Creating customer value
  • New customer acquisition
  • Presentation skills development

Supplier Relationships

  • Supply chain development
  • Supplier relationships
  • Managing relationships
  • Account management

Product and Service Innovation

  • Encouraging innovation and ideas
  • Innovation culture
  • Organisational innovation
  • New product development
  • Intellectual Property

People and Resources

  • Succession planning
  • Assertiveness and personal effectiveness
  • Talent management
  • Getting the best from your team
  • Empowering teams

Productivity and Capacity

  • Lean
  • Six Sigma
  • Productivity awareness
  • Value stream and process mapping
  • Resource efficiency

Systems and Procedures

  • KPIs and Management Information Systems
  • Resourcing for growth
  • Project Management
  • Efficiency building
  • CAD


  • Quality assurance
  • Quality standards
  • Business modelling
  • Business improvement techniques
  • CE Marking


  • Moving from strategy to operations
  • Performance management
  • Quality assurance
  • Project management
  • Environmental management

Marketing and Market Knowledge

  • Strategic marketing
  • Routes to market
  • Value proposition
  • Marketing communications
  • Market analysis

Continuous Improvement

  • Planning and implementation
  • Identifying skills needs
  • Improving effectiveness
  • Managing risk
  • Identifying skills needs for the future


  • Problem solving
  • Behaviours, beliefs, values
  • Culture development
  • Managing change effectively
  • Leading change


  • Environmental standards i.e. ISO 14001
  • Waste management
  • Risk management
  • Carbon footprint

By joining the Manufacturing Growth Programme

You can benefit from:

Insight into the risks, issues and opportunities that face your business for improvement and growth

Understanding of what needs to be done to make practical improvements

Work with new expertise to bring about real developments

Reduced cost, helping you make the changes you need sooner and cheaper

The whole process of working with the manufacturing growth programme has been so simple and straightforward. Everything was done to help us get the funding that we needed and the support from our coach has been a real benefit to us as a business. Thank you very much for everything and we hope to be able to get to use the programme again in the future

Elliott Hygiene Ltd

MGP has a very simple application process compared to other grant schemes, which means it really is an incentive to focus on “doing” improvements rather than procrastinating. SME’s are not resource rich and the MGP allows us to do work we couldn’t by bringing in external resources.

New Holland Extraction

Again the process of working with the Manufacturing Growth Programme has been simple, straight forward and very efficient. Everything has gone really well and the funding supplied will be of massive help as our business continues to expand its operations and sales potential. Although we are only a small business at present we have very big plans which will hopefully create jobs in Lincolnshire over the coming years – accessing support such as the MGP is a real benefit to us and we hope to access more support in the future.

Crop Intellect Ltd

Who Can Apply?

Check whether you are eligible for support using the simple form below:

We are an SME

As defined by the EU definition, this means your company or group of companies must have:

  • Fewer than 250 employees
  • A turnover less than or equal to €50 million OR a balance sheet total less than or equal to €43 million

We are a Manufacturer

Defined as: "A business that engages in any economic activity directly related to a product or production process they have researched, designed or produced, or otherwise hold core intellectual property in". If you are unsure if you meet this definition, please get in touch with your local MGP team.

We are able to demonstrate an intention to grow/improve

This may be through creation of increased turnover, increased jobs and/or introduction of new products/services/processes.

It seems you are eligible for Manufacturing Growth Programme support. Please call 01664 501301 for next steps, or get in touch with your local Manufacturing Growth Manager.

Unfortunately it appears your Company is not eligible for support from the Manufacturing Growth Programme. Please call 01664 501301 to find out what other support may be available to your business.