Success Stories

Manufacturing Success Stories

LittlePod's George crimps the vanilla tubes by hand


LittlePod's long term relationship with SWMAS has given them the confidence to make key decisions and grow the business.
Photo of Permateek's decking

LMAP in Dorset

Reflections on the support received from SWMAS through the Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme (LMAP) from a number of Dorset companies.

LMAP in Gloucestershire

Reflections on the support received from SWMAS through the Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme (LMAP) from a number of Gloucestershire companies.
Simon Lucas Playing Cards Box

LMAP in Swindon and Wiltshire

Reflections from companies in Swindon and Wiltshire on the support received from SWMAS through the Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme (LMAP).
Artists image of Hinkley Point C as it should look when finished

PD Devices

PD Devices approached SWMAS to explore the support available to help them increase their knowledge and credibility in the nuclear sector to target Hinkley Point C (HPC) supply opportunities.
Flamgard Calidair's workshop in South Wales

Flamgard Calidair

Support from the SWMAS-led Hinkley Supply Chain Programme has been a vital part of the mix as Flamgard Calidair capitalise on the opportunity they see in the nuclear new build sector. 

LMAP in the West of England

Reflections on the support received from SWMAS through the Local Manufacturing Advisory Programme (LMAP) from a number of companies based in the West of England.
Vessco workshop

Vessco Engineering Ltd

This Bridgend-based manufacturer won a Hinkley Point C (HPC) contract offering them stability for five years. Watch the video to hear about their journey to becoming a HPC supplier.

Berry & Escott

This Bridgwater-based manufacturer won a contract with the National College for Nuclear after support from the Hinkley Supply Chain Team.

Jo Bird and Co

This Somerset-based manufacturer of custom-made cabinets engaged with the Hinkley Supply Chain Team to target opportunities within the Hinkley Point C (HPC) project.

HVMIP in Cornwall

360 Cornish manufacturers supported by SWMAS in the last five years. Read what they have to say about what they've achieved.
Composite Projects Devon

Composite Projects

Composite Projects in Devon are helping to embed a positive culture of continuous improvement in their business.

Ariel Motor

Capitalising on the grant available that allowed them to invest in new tooling, Ariel also benefited from a business diagnostic and expert coaching from the team at SWMAS.
Arco2 & Ecofab

Arco2 & Ecofab

Arco2 & Ecofab contacted SWMAS for advice and support to help them take their businesses to the next level whilst allowing innovation to flourish.

J.Wippell and Co

This academic robe manufacturer and clerical outfitter saw an opportunity to help the current shortage of PPE and switch the focus of their production.

Bini Fine Foods

Bini Fine Foods was awarded a grant of £2,500 towards the cost of supplying the new dedicated production unit with commercial cooking equipment, which would allow them to efficiently produce on a larger scale.


Arcol supply high-quality products to many multinational clients including NASA, and wanted to maximise the company’s potential to expand into new territories.

Fowlers of Bristol (Engineers) Ltd

Fowlers of Bristol (Engineers) Ltd was awarded a grant of £1,561 to help fund their Dot Peen Part Marking machinery. 
Associated Dental products

Associated Dental products

Associated Dental Products Ltd sought support from SWMAS to develop and install bespoke, ecologically friendly, processing equipment.

Brinsea Products Ltd

Brinsea was awarded a grant of £2,600 towards a £10,000 strategic website redevelopment.

Contracts & Programmes

Celebrating LMAP & HVMIP success

Between April 2016 and September 2019, SWMAS delivered two very successful ERDF funded programmes. Working closely with the region’s 6 LEPs & Growth Hubs we provided tailored advice, support and investment to nearly 900 SME manufacturers.
Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) - The Story So Far

Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) - The Story So Far

SWMAS successfully delivered the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) across the South West between January 2012 and April 2015. In total, we  supported over 3750 businesses to improve their manufacturing strategies and performance.
Product Development Centre

Product Development Centre

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (2007-2013) Competitiveness and Convergence Programmes, the Product Development Centre provides SME manufacturing companies across the South West of England with a dedicated service to support innovation.
Marine Growth Programme

Marine Growth Programme

The Marine Growth Programme formed a key part of the Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal between January 2014 and February 2015. The £363k project utilised £242k of City Deal funding to blend marine sector knowledge with learning from beyond the sector.