SME programme receives £6m extension

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SME programme receives £6m extension

A £6m extension has been granted to a programme to help small manufacturing companies in the East and West Midlands.

The SME Group at WMG, University of Warwick, has secured the funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult at WMG.

The programme will work with a further 250 manufacturing companies across the Midlands to solve challenges, to improve productivity and boost competitiveness

The programme has helped more than 100 companies, develop 71 new products and processes over the last two years.

Dr Mark Swift, head small business programmes at WMG, University of Warwick, said: "We are thrilled to have the manufacturing competitiveness programme extended, and look forward to being able to help hundreds of small businesses across the midlands to transform their business and become more sustainable.

"The support we offer will be especially helpful in light of Covid-19, as after months of lockdown businesses can be helped to get back on their feet and thrive.

"We are here, ready to help our region’s manufacturing companies; to make manufacturing technology and thinking work for you, to help our businesses to grow become more productive and sustainable and ultimately make more in the UK."

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