Smaller manufacturers can access our full range of innovation and supply chain services, plus specialist help with support from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Our experienced teams of manufacturing experts and supply chain specialists are here to help you transform your business and take it to the next level.

We can help you to:

  • Cut production costs, energy consumption and waste.
  • Optimise and scale your production capability and supply chain.
  • Improve product quality and cost.
  • Upskill your workforce.
  • Improve your access to crucial data.

We offer a three-step process to help your business grow: getting your ideas to the right place, building the right plan for your success, and enabling the right solution to meet your needs.

Engage – getting you to the right place

Our manufacturing and engineering experts can give you free, impartial advice on the best direction and place for your project – whether that’s with us or another organisation.

Using our national network and contacts, we can then help you make the connections you need to succeed.

For free, impartial advice, email

Discover – building the right plan for you

Building the right plan for your business is a key step, and we’ll draw upon our expertise and industry-proven experience to help you develop it.

We can draw up a detailed proposal, based on discussions with your team and visits to your company, to guide you to the best ways to improve your products, processes and skills.

We offer SMEs a site visit to find the opportunities for improvement across your organisation, or a line walk to take a more detailed look at your production processes. We are currently prioritising companies engaged on our Fit For Nuclear programme – contact your industrial advisor for more information.

To help cut your energy consumption and costs, we offer access to the HVM Catapult’s manufacturing energy toolkit. In pilot projects, experts from the Catapult network helped companies cut energy use by up to 46 per cent across their operations, and up to 90 per cent from a single machine.

Transform – enabling you with the right solution

Based on our proposals, we’ll give you access to our world-class facilities and cutting-edge equipment, and work with you to develop the right solution.

Whether you need to develop new products, processes or skills, we can deliver the right support to transform your bottom line, build your supply chain and access new markets.

We can deliver manufacturing innovation and business improvements through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, collaborative R&D projects backed by external funding, and self-funded commercial projects.

If your innovation project aligns with our strategic development goals, we can also offer match-funding from the HVM Catapult to reduce the cost to you.


SME eligibility

Our specialist SME services are open to manufacturing companies which have fewer than 250 employees or less than £50 million turnover.

Larger companies can of course access our support through our other research and business improvement services.


To start your SME transformation with the Nuclear AMRC, contact: