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Public investment puts zone at forefront of industrial change

Chris Tighe and Andrew Bounds
Financial Times
1 February 2010

This article in the Financial Times looks at how manufacturing and engineering companies in Yorkshire and the North-east of England are recovering from the recession and adapting to the post-financial crisis world, aided in some cases by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS). PA Consulting Group runs the MAS north east programme.  MAS has a national budget of £24m and last year's budget of £17m added £145m of value for clients.

The article looks at PA’s programme of work with MAS north-east, commenting on the work of the 23 strong team of consultants: “MAS’s 23 north-east consultants are not besuited pontificators, but specialists. These include Dave Brown, a former Teesside foundry worker, and they help apply fresh insight and experience to a whole range of problems, including productivity, factory organisation, product innovation and design, skills and energy saving. In the past year, MAS has worked with 543 north-east businesses, saving them an estimated £30m. It offers companies a “diagnostic” day free of charge; any further input is subsidised.

In the article PA’s Martin Smith says that the organisation is pushing on an open door: “There’s something in the training of engineers which makes change compelling.”

You can read the article in full here

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