MAS is delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium (MAC). The consortium comprises Grant Thornton, Pera, WM Manufacturing Consortium Ltd and SWMAS Ltd.
Grant Thornton is a leading business and financial adviser with 26 offices across the country. We are a member firm within Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading international organisations of independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms.
Our offer to the market is great depth of expertise, delivered in a distinctive and personal way. Through proactive, client-centric relationships, our teams deliver solutions to problems, not pre-packaged products and services. Our deep-rooted experience in the issues affecting mid-sized entrepreneurial businesses, combined with the true global reach and resources of Grant Thornton International Ltd mean that we’re uniquely placed to deliver the best advice, in a seamless way – regardless of service line, regardless of location.
Pera was formed in 1946 as the Production Engineering Research Association to support British manufacturing industry; a role it has been fulfilling for almost 70 years. During that period, Pera was retained by the UK Government to deliver the British Technology Advice Service in the 1960s; The Production Engineering Advisory Service in the 1970s; the National MAS in the 1980s and the Enterprise Initiative for Manufacturing and Quality in the 1990s. In the intervening period, we continuously delivered the regional MAS in the East Midlands and have also delivered the service in partnership in the South East and London. We now deliver a high impact MAS in the East Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire and Humber. Today,Pera Consulting works with regional, national and international agencies and government departments to deliver policy objectives and leverage public sector investment, inspiring business growth, creating jobs and boosting economies. We create robust programmes that are self-sustaining and leave a lasting legacy.
The West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium Ltd
The West Midlands Manufacturing Consortium Ltd was set up in 2002 as a special purpose vehicle to deliver MAS in the West Midlands. WMMC Ltd was established as a not-for-profit company by three member organisations, Warwick Manufacturing Group, the EEF and BusinessLink West Midlands. Since its start up it has worked with nearly 17,000 manufacturers, and delivered 5484 in depth interventions and generated around £100m of QCD improvements per year. In addition to MAS , WMMC delivers sector support programmes for Rail (Rail Alliance) , Aerospace (SC21) and Automotive and has also run the “Inside Manufacturing Enterprise” which worked with local Businesses & schools to encourage 14-17 year olds into manufacturing.
SWMAS Ltd help and inspire ambitious manufacturers to develop their capabilities and enter new markets. Established in 2002, we successfully design and deliver national and local business support projects and improvement programmes to increase manufacturers’ productivity, improve operational efficiency, develop skills and maximise growth potential. In the South West we directly deliver support through many contracts including the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), part of the Business Growth Service, GROW OSW, Fit For Nuclear and the Manufacturing Investment Programme.
GREAT Britain campaign
MAS is proud to be a part of the Government-backed GREAT Britain campaign which seeks to highlight support for businesses aspiring to succeed and to encourage entrepreneurial spirit. The campaign aims to encourage businesses to start-up or to continue growing- whether through developing ideas, writing a business plan, employing more staff or starting to export.