Success Stories

Manufacturing Success Stories

Artists image of Hinkley Point C as it should look when finished

PD Devices

Identifying potential business opportunities in connection with the Hinkley Point C build, PD Devices approached SWMAS to explore the support available to help them increase their knowledge and credibility in the nuclear sector.
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. What does CEO Lee Bramald have to say to other SMEs looking to supply HPC? Watch the video.

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

Vessco Engineering Ltd won a Hinkley Point C contract that's given them the stability for five years. Their advice? Seek the support and help for your business that can be provided by the Hinkley Supply Chain Programme. Watch the video.

Berry & Escott

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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

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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).
Arco2 & Ecofab

Arco2 & Ecofab

Arco2 & Ecofab reached the tipping point that many small businesses do about how to take their businesses to the next level whilst allowing innovation to flourish, and so contacted SWMAS for advice and support.

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.

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.

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. 


Prior to working with SWMAS, Arcol already had a well-established reputation for supplying high quality products to many multinational clients including NASA. However, the directors wanted to maximise the company’s potential to expand into new territories.

Brinsea Products Ltd

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

Associated Dental products

Keen to apply a more ecologically friendly way of producing its waxes, Associated Dental Products Ltd sought support from SWMAS to develop and install some bespoke processing equipment.

Price Western Leather

Price Western Leather was awarded a grant of £2,600 to support their exponential growth by purchasing a computer controlled sewing machine.

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.