Last chance to sign up for Growth Hub’s final Made for Manufacturing programme in 2021

Date published: 12 April 2021

Manufacturers in Greater Manchester have one last chance to benefit from a popular programme to help increase their productivity and get on the path to growth.

Made for Manufacturing, which is run by GC Business Growth Hub, is actively recruiting for manufacturing businesses of all sizes from across the city region.

This is the fourth and final wave of the online programme, which have all previously been oversubscribed.

With tailored advice from experts and peer-to-peer learning, the online programme for manufacturing leaders will help them to improve quality, customer satisfaction, lead times and reduce costs.

The 10-week online programme is open to 10 non-competing manufacturing companies.

Support includes virtual factory tours to observe industry best practices, workshops, and practical exercises to help business leaders commit to actions and continuous improvements.

It also identifies opportunities and priorities for competitive advantage through digitisation, additive manufacture and automation, and virtual one-to-one sessions with an assigned specialist Manufacturing Advisor.

Rachel Baldry, Manufacturing Advisor at GC Business Growth Hub, said: “Many manufacturing leaders often feel like there is an endless list of fires to put out in their business, with another popping up every time one is extinguished.

“They end up in a vicious cycle of knowing they need to improve, but feeling unable to get to the root cause of a problem before it bursts back to life, sending them rushing over to the fire extinguisher again.

“Overcoming a firefighting-first culture needs to be driven by management. This is exactly what manufacturing leaders are achieving through Made for Manufacturing.

“The peer-to-peer element of the programme means that leaders can share their experiences and learn from others in a similar position, bringing a fresh perspective to the challenges they face. As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved.”

Over the past five years, the hub’s manufacturing team has worked with more than 600 companies and contributed to £20m plus of sales increases.

The fourth Made For Manufacturing programme will run from May to July 2021. The application deadline is 16 April 2021.

To apply, or find out more, visit

Businesses looking to access specialist support can visit for more information about the organisation’s extensive range of services. GC Business Growth Hub is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and is also supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester local authorities.

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