Delivered By | Manufacturing Growth Programme

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The Manufacturing Growth Programme is the UKs largest and leading business support programme making improvements to Manufacturing SMEs.

Since October 2016 the programme has supported more than 2,000 SME manufacturers to grow and create more than 3,200 new jobs through £10.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

From April 2019, an additional £11.8m ERDF will be provided to the programme to deliver business growth support across 16 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) regions. As a result, MGP will deliver a further 2,500 improvement projects and create an additional 2,500 new jobs whilst supporting businesses to create new products, open up new markets, become more competitive, and ultimately increasing productivity. 

Delivered by Oxford Innovation Advice.

During the first stage of the programme (from 2016 – 2019), the Manufacturing Growth Programme was delivered by Economic Growth Solutions. A purpose built organisation committed to providing business support to SMEs to help them improve their competitiveness and grow. Core to our approach is to work with clients to understand their needs and build solutions that support them on their journey to success.

By providing solutions to drive economic growth, EGS delivered effective business support programmes, working in partnership with funders to produce tangible results within businesses whilst maximising the return on the initial investment.

As of April 2019, the Manufacturing Growth Programme was delivered by Oxford Innovation Advice, will all Manufacturing Advisors and project support teams tuping over.

Oxford Innovation provides practical support to help ambitious businesses and start-ups succeed through the delivery of publicly funded business support contracts. We are the UK’s leading Innovation Centre operator, providing centre management services for almost 30 years. Oxford Innovation also deliver a wide range of business support services designed to assist those companies with their growth plans.

Oxford Innovation has coached over 7,000 SMEs in the South East and South West of England resulting in the generation or safeguarding of 20,000 jobs and £900m of GVA. Support has and continues to be delivered through a number of innovative business support programmes funded by Local Enterprise Partnerships, European Regional Development Funds and the European Commission.

Oxford Innovation’s coaching results in an average of 2.7 jobs created, £23,000 of investment and £128,000 GVA per SME. Specialists in high growth support for ambitious SMEs, Oxford Innovation has delivered 30,000 days of 1-1 coaching as well as £80m of business support and innovation projects.

Oxford Innovation’s extensive business support experience combined with the expertise of Economic Growth Solutions’ delivery team provides strong foundations to successfully deliver MGP and as a result, together become the UKs largest supplier of business support programmes.

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The map above shows our coverage across England

Red: Manufacturing Growth Programme support only
Purple: Overlap MGP and Oxford Innovation business support programmes
Blue: Oxford Innovation business support programmes only