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The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

What is it? 

If you're a manufacturing business, you'll know the importance of being efficient. Small changes to the way you work can make a big difference to your productivity and business growth.

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) can help Highlands and Islands businesses to grow through the development of new products, services, processes and new ways of working.

SMAS is staffed by manufacturing specialists with a proven track record of troubleshooting across a wide range of technologies and industrial sectors in Scotland.

The SMAS team consists of hands-on experts specialising in process improvement, lean manufacturing, innovation and allied disciplines. They are practical, down-to-earth people with passion, commitment and a credible track record in improving manufacturing processes for bottom-line benefit. Specialist help is also available from our team of associate partner organisations.

Together the team brings over 500 years of manufacturing expertise from shop floor through to director level.

What are the business benefits? 

Benefits to businesses using SMAS's services will be realised through:

  • one-to-one advisory services for manufacturing companies, particularly around business process improvements. 
  • awareness of best practice in manufacturing, through training and seminar activity.
  • support for collaborative projects between companies that will develop the capability of Scottish manufacturers.
  • signposting to other initiatives that will help companies exploit new business opportunities, generate additional revenue and increase growth helping to make Scotland's manufacturing sector more globally competitive.

Who is it for? 

SMAS services are available for Scottish manufacturing businesses, particularly small to medium enterprises. 

Case study

Find out how Nessgro benefited from SMAS support: 

How do we deliver this service? 

We'll send a manufacturing expert to your company for a day to examine your inputs, outputs and processes.

SMAS offer support in the areas of:

  • Manufacturing review
    The manufacturing review is free and provides you with qualified and impartial feedback on the current state and potential opportunities within your business.
  • Improving your layout
    Using your space more effectively can speed up production and win new business. Our free diagnostic review can benefit your business.
  • Developing your workforce
    An engaged, skilled and committed workforce helps you realise potential and seize opportunities. We can help you address barriers to growth as well as other challenges you may face.
  • Improving quality and delivery
    Many manufacturers continue with their current work practices simply because they already exist and are part of their culture. We can help you focus on improving the quality of production, the end product and the delivery mechanisms.
  • Streamlining your business
    Streamlining isn't limited to the factory floor. It applies across your entire business. We'll help you apply new thinking techniques to your office environment helping you meet present business challenges.
  • Developing your strategy
    Our team can help you develop a strategy that will determine what needs to be done now and in the future for your business to succeed.
  • Developing your product
    New products play a key role in business performance. Investing in their development is crucial to growth and profitability. We can guide you through how the lean process allows new products to be introduced in a structured way, thus reducing time to market.
  • Supply chain management
    Our team will focus on your supply chain and logistics processes to ensure they meet current challenges and will take advantage of the coming upturn.
  • Procurement and sourcing
    Lean procurement and sourcing can greatly increase the profitability of your manufacturing business. Applying lean techniques to your procurement process can quickly drive benefit to the bottom line.

How much does it cost? 

The manufacturing review is free to Scottish businesses. 



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