Birmingham experts launch business support hub

Birmingham experts launch business support hub

A group of business people in Birmingham have come together to create a new business support collective which is aiming to help manufacturers unlock their potential and grow.

The Manufacturing Hub, madeup of Alison Phillips, Rachel Eade MBE, PP Business Improvement, Cucumber PR and Start 2 Finish Marketing, is looking to fill the gap since the termination of the Manufacturing Advisory Service contract.

The firms are hoping to use their combined working experience and offer access to specialised assistance in lean manufacturing, strategy, continuous improvement, sales and marketing and communications.

They also hope to help manufacturers through their wealth of contacts and knowledge of the maze of funding opportunities available to companies in the UK.

Between them, the collective have helped more than 700 firms over the last five years, safeguarding and creating in excess of 25,000 jobs in the process.

They have also been able to improve productivity and secured in excess of £10m of positive press coverage for the sector.

Ms Eade said: “The Manufacturing Hub will fill the void, providing a single source solution for manufacturers looking to access external expertise to improve production processes, plan for growth, target more sales and raise their profile.

“The organisations and individuals involved understand what makes the sector tick, stripping back the support jargon and getting to grips with the challenges and opportunities affecting your business.”

David Fox director at PP Business Improvement, added: “External support is crucial to the development of the UK manufacturing base and can often unpick a long-term issue or open up new opportunities.

“The Government subsidies may have stopped, but that doesn’t mean industry shouldn’t have access to expertise that is geared to their sector.

“In our experience, manufacturers do not mind funding assistance and knowledge if they trust it will deliver long-term tangible benefits. The Manufacturing Hub is the new option on the business support scene.”