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How can we help you develop your SME engineering business?

Working with other SMEs in a bespoke Co-operative led consortium will enable you to bid for larger, longer-term projects, for which you might not normally be considered.

We will:

  • select members with complementary skills for each tender
  • support bid writing
  • manage the projects to completion

This will free you to focus on delivering your products to cost, to spec and on time.

Skills development and advanced engineering

An innovative supply chain for UK manufacturing demands a skilled and flexible workforce as well as operational excellence. That is why The Manufacturing Co-operative is committed to improving the technical capabilities of its members, as well as training and mentoring their employees.

We can provide access to advanced manufacturing facilities (e.g. Through-life Engineering Services, Precision Engineering, Composites, Guidance and Navigation Systems, Motorsport, Wind Tunnels) to enable members to bid for contracts they may otherwise be unable to bid for

Collaborating on projects with other Manufacturing Co-operative members will develop your business network and encourage the sharing of ideas and industry best practice. We will work with all members to facilitate networking events and raise their collective profile at trade events.

Group procurement benefits

Saving your business time as well as money by acting on your behalf to purchase products and services at the best possible price. Achieving attractive discounted prices on a range of goods and services, for example, energy, raw materials, communications, generic consumables, insurance and white goods. Developing specialist procurement services for the engineering manufacturing sector e.g. machine tools, specialist materials etc.

We could help your business grow

To find out how we could help your business grow, please contact us.


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