Success Stories

Manufacturing Success Stories

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.

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. 

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.
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. 
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.
Composite Projects Devon

Composite Projects

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

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.
Buttermilk Confections Cornwall

Buttermilk Confections Ltd

This Cornwall-based connfectionery business sought SWMAS' expert help to improve internal processes and develop a strong team structure. The result? Engaged employees and cost savings of £55K+!

Cotswold Printing

Read how this inspirational Gloucestershire-based printing company rapidly switched their production to help the NHS fight against COVID-19. 

Sandford Orchards

With help from SWMAS, this Devon-based cider manufacturer meets soaring customer demand!

TiramisUGO LTD – ‘The Cornish Italian’

This Truro-based company, who produce high-end, Italian cuisine, adapted their products to support the local community throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

Bristol Maid (Hospital Metalcraft Limited)

This Dorset-based manufacturer saw their order book grow by 300% due to the COVID-19 crisis

M-CNC: Engineering Support for Ventilator Challenge UK

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, this Bridgwater-based company supported the NHS by manufacturing and supplying components for lifesaving ventilators.

Westaway Sausages

This innovative and environmentally friendly Devon-based food manufacturer recently launched the first certified, home compostable, meat packaging.

Alderman Tooling

Read how this innovative Devon-based company has invested to target new opportunities and connect with potential customers. 

All Sewn Up Ltd

This company has maximised current demand through resourcefulness and innovation, and SWMAS helped them develop a strategic plan for successful business progression.

Contracts & Programmes

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.
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.
Photo of Permateek's decking

Supporting Dorset manufacturers

Read how support from SWMAS has already benefited a number of Dorset-based manufacturing businesses...   

LMAP in Gloucestershire

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