By David Pitfield,
SWMAS Manufacturing Business Advisor

I’ve been delighted to work with several companies recently, offering advice to help them face the significant challenges of COVID-19 and vital support as they plan for recovery and future growth.

In-Depth Business Assistance – Clean Growth:
A long-established engineering company in Bournemouth had an ambition to process and reuse as much scrap as possible. Our discussions, and a review of business growth and recycling aspirations, led to connections with the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the South West Waste Minimisation Group (SWWMG).  I also facilitated an introduction to a large polymer company in Devon, who specialise in recycling waste plastics produced from manufacturing equipment such as injection moulders, extruders and vacuum formers.

Recent Business Improvement Grants:
I am in discussion with a number of Dorset-based companies who are looking for support with a variety of projects, including new design and innovation, workflow optimisation, and IT/digital transformation.

Several grants have recently been approved and given to businesses right across Dorset, including: 

  • A plastic injection moulding company in Ferndown
  • A healthcare equipment company in Blandford
  • Two precision machining companies in Weymouth

These grants have been used towards the purchase of new equipment which has enabled each business to maximise efficiency and productivity.

Future Plans:
Whilst many companies have put investment decisions on hold since the COVID-19 pandemic, some are now in a position to invest for future growth opportunities. I look forward to offering Dorset-based manufacturers the support they need to help aid their recovery over the coming months.

Of course, not all businesses looking for assistance need a grant. As a Manufacturing Business Advisor, I enjoy having the opportunity to discuss current challenges across the manufacturing sector, uncover opportunities, and signpost towards other appropriate support, which has recently included NHS supply chain opportunities, low carbon/clean growth support, and guidance for innovation and exporting.


Interested in how support from SWMAS can be applied to your business?



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