In this article The Gov Monitor looks at the success of Manufacturing Advisory Service North East (MAS NE) in helping North East manufacturing firms improve productivity and save millions by accessing a productivity programme. MAS NE is operated by PA Consulting Group who won the tender to run the expanded service in 2008 following a public tendering process.
The article goes on to look at the success of MAS NE since it was establishment a year ago by Government and One North East. MAS NE’s practical advice and guidance has boosted productivity and generated efficiency savings across the region.
MAS NE’s first annual results reveal:
543 firms supported across the North East
£21.2m in productivity savings to businesses, including working capital reductions and energy procurement savings
Energy usage reduction savings totalling £6.8m - the CO₂ equivalent saving of 39,000 tonnes per year
The article goes on to report on Regional Business Minister Rosie Winterton’s visit to one of the beneficiaries of the programme, Rocket Medical. Rosie commented:
“Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy and I am pleased to see that so many companies in the North East are benefiting from the advice and support that the Manufacturing Advisory Service provides.”
MAS NE is currently working with 60 firms, many running more than one project within their company. On average, MAS NE interventions in businesses result in 25% productivity improvements, 26% on time delivery improvements and increased stock turnover of 33%.
One North East and the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 has invested £32m into the MAS NE project until 2013 to assist the manufacturing sector which is vital to the future well-being of the regional economy.