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Here to help make your manufacturing business even better

Fully-funded tailored support with specialist Manufacturing Advisors, hands-on training programmes and dedicated resources.

Our team of specialist Manufacturing Advisors each have decades of manufacturing experience to provide completely bespoke fully funded business support to help Greater Manchester manufacturing SMEs to:

• Reduce costs
• Manage cash flow
• Review business models
• Boost staff performance
• Address skills needs
• Optimise supply chains
• Improve quality
• Win new business

Three training programmes that will make your manufacturing business even better

Are you Made for Manufacturing?

Are you focused on Growing Your Business, Growing Your Profits?


Our Made for Manufacturing programme has been continuously improved for 2023 to now include an in person factory visit to the prestigious Siemens site in Congleton. This is in addition to the in person factory site visit to Atec Engineering Solutions in Salford. Manufacturing excellence has an end goal: Improved quality, better lead times, reduced costs. This creates satisfied customers, which leads to more customers. Through a combination of good practice tours, expert speakers, peer-to-peer learning, and tailored one-to-one support from a specialist Manufacturing Advisor – this programme supports senior manufacturing leaders to hold a mirror to their business, maximise profits, achieve the best possible quality, and develop the best possible people. The focus of the programme is 'Measure Something. Do Something. Learn Something.' A format of short dynamic workshops is designed so that clients can lead rapid improvement activities in the workplace immediately and learn from the outcomes.


The next Made for Manufacturing Programme will begin on 23rd February 2023. Please complete the Expression of Interest Form here or contact Nick Brandwood, Programme Manager on or 07718 301 235 to discuss the programme


The Lean Champion

For those taking on the role of continuous improvement specialist in their organisation, this two full day in-person interactive learning programme develops the foundations of lean leadership. It puts lean manufacturing tools into context for improving quality, cost and delivery specifically in the SME manufacturing environment. Lean Champion focuses on how lean manufacturing tools can be used to embed the behaviours and routines that result in:

• Effective identification of problems
• Improved flow
• Reduced day-to-day variability
• Reduced waste
• Better information
• Standardised improvement
• Better Quality, Cost and Delivery than your competitors

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Production Leader Programme

Production Leader supports manufacturing team leaders to improve their leadership skills, drive their team to success, gain a competitive edge, perform & grow, and maximise profitability by focusing on the following questions and more:

• What does good look like?
• Can I measure good?
• Can I identify the first actionable step to get there?
• Do I have the lean tools to implement improvement?
• Can I engage others in these behaviours and coach the skills?
• Have I a good understanding of how digital advances can help?
• Do I feel empowered to do all this?

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Updated: 29/09/23. Total figures include results of the GC Business Growth Hub's manufacturing service and Manufacturing Growth Fund programme. 

Meet your manufacturing team

Our team of business advisors are passionate about growing manufacturing businesses. Each has over a decade’s experience either in industry or supporting growth in the sector. Dependent upon your subsector or particular needs, you’ll be matched with the most appropriate advisor, who’ll help you to identify the most effective route to increased productivity.

Meet the team and see what expertise we can bring to your operation.

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Business Innovation

Are you fighting to keep up with your competitors? Looking for the next step to retain a market leading position?

Join 3,000 SMEs who’ve benefitted from the most comprehensive innovation support available in Greater Manchester.

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Understanding your financial needs

Are you looking to expand your business but know you can only do so with additional financial support? Do you need help to understand how best to approach funders and the type of questions they might ask?

We help SMEs whether they are seeking finance for the first time, have been declined by a lender and/or are looking for additional sources of funding.

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Lead the way to success

The Leadership, Workforce Development and Mentoring Teams at GC Business Growth Hub are on hand to help you implement the necessary changes needed to help your business grow.

As a small/ medium-sized business leader, we will support you to develop your expertise in leadership, positive working culture and employee engagement and motivation; ultimately leading to productivity and growth.

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