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Manufacturers
Discover Grants
Funded Projects,
and Support.

HOW THE TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORTS MANUFACTURERS

WE ARE a no-cost membership for manufacturing COMPANIES based in the West Midlands.
We connect you with the grantS, funded support and opportunities available from Universities, LEPs, catapults etc.

WE HELP MANUFACTURERS TO… 

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CUT COSTS

We can help you reduce costs in many ways from streamlining and automating processes to reducing waste and minimising your expenditure.    

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DEvelop new products

This could be tweaking your current product for a new market (e.g. make door handles for trains as well as cars), updating your designs or using your assets in a different way.  

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grow YOUR business

We can help you find the grants, funding and support you need to grow your business whether its new equipment, more staff, bigger premises etc.

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HoW DO I JOIN THE TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAIN? 

We help our manufacturing members to achieve their goals and become more efficient, more profitable and more competitive.  We do this by making it simple for you to find and access the grants, funded projects and support which will:

  • Automate the boring parts of your business- free up your time from dull administration so you can work on growth or enjoy more free time
  • Increase efficiency through standardising and streamlining processes- get more done in less time and boom your bottom line
  • Reduce or eliminate waste- discover innovative ways to turn your waste into an asset
  • Cut your costs-there are many ways you can cut costs without impacting the quality of your product
  • Help you to develop new internal processes and use proven technology so you can build the business you want
  • Support you to innovate and develop new products and services- steal a lead on your competition and future-proof your business

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BENEFITS OF manufacturing memberSHIP… 

BENEFIT 1
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You will be directed to the well-hidden funding and funded support available to you.

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You will be invited to free workshops and useful events run by Universities, LEPs, the MTC and other organisations.

BENEFIT 3
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You will be invited along to our quarterly manufacturers-only briefing and networking event.

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You will enjoy predictable expansion using proven technology, new ideas and automating the boring stuff- like administration.

BENEFIT 5
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You will recieve our weekly e-newsletter which updates you on the upcoming events, workshops and opportunities available.

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You will get free access to our library of resources for manufacturers. Find videos, templates and reports that will help your business.

WORKING WITH GREAT UNIVERSITIES… 

THREE REASONS FOR MANUFACTURERS TO JOIN

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We will help move your business forward using the funding and funded support available from local Universities and other organisations.

REASON 2
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We don’t ask for membership fees.  We only ask that you take advantage of the fully funded support and grants available when appropriate.

REASON 3
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We are a Community Interest Company- which means we are not-for-profit and any extra money that we do make is re-invested in our community.

Discover grants, funded projects and support FOr manufacturers.

TYPES OF MANUFACTURING MEMBERS

WE WORK WITH ALL MANUFACTURERS. BELOW IS A SMALL SAMPLE:
AEROSPACE MANUFACTURERS
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The aerospace sector employs over 180,000 people in the West Midlands alone.  We work to help this sector make the most of the support available. 

AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURERS
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The automotive sector is a vital part of the West Midlands economy.  We are helping companies to find new ways foward as we transition more to electric vehicles.

ELECTRONIC MANUFACTURERS
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Electronic manufacturers are growing in the West Midlands with huge growth in the area of sensors and Smart Cities.  There is a great opportunity for this sector to drive innovation.

ENERGY and BIO-ENERGY
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One of the West Midlands Combined Authorities’ areas of focus is energy stoarge and systems.  We are helping companies to develop new solutions including bio-energy.

FOOD AND DRINK MANUFACTURERS
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We have supported numerous food and drink manufacturers in the region to innovate and develop new products.  Find out how we can support you.

PLASTIC MANUFACTURERS
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Plastic injection moulding and plastic manufacturing feed into many supply chains in the region and in the UK.  We can help you innovate and find new markets.

RAIL SECTOR
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The rail sector is actively looking for innovative SMEs.  The industry has not moved forward at the same pace as other transport sectors and is seeking an injection of entrepreneurial companies. 

METAL AND METALFORMING
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Metal and Metalforming has had its home in the West Midlands for centuries.  The Confederation of British Metalforming is based in West Bromwich.  Find out how we can help you.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS
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From TVs and stereos to washing machines and dishwashers, many parts and goods are manufactured in the West Midlands.  We are helping companies to out-pace their competition with innovation.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Yes, membership is completely and totally free. 

Our events and workshops are free.  You get our newsletter for free.  You can ask for introductions and support for free.  You can raise challenges (e.g. can someone help me with disposing of tainted plastic) and promote events for free.  All you need to do is keep an eye on our newsletter or e-mail Richard to but something in it.

Most of the grants we promote are match-funded, e.g. you spend £20,000 and you receive a £10,000 grant which matches your £10,000 spend.  This is the way some funding works.

Some services from Universities and other organisations (like the MTC) are match funded, while some are offered at a subsidised rate.  It will always be made clear if there is a cost attached.

OK, so if membership is completely free, how do you make money? 

The Technology Supply Chain is a Community Interest Company, i.e. a not-for-profit organisation.  We have no shareholders.  We maintain a low-cost structure and any profit is invested back into the community.

We pay our employees and bills partly through the consultancy fees we charge universities for helping them to engage with our members, partly through sponsorship from our business partners and partly through grants and funding for our work with young people and under-employed graduates.

Membership is open to West Midlands organisations including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Technology Firms
  • Businesses who specialise in supporting them
  • Universities
  • Associations

Note: our funded support and grants are aimed at SMEs.  These are companies with a turnover of less than £40m who employ under 249 staff.  Some of these are limited by region (e.g. Birmingham and Solihull LEP, the Black Country LEP etc) and some by industry (e.g. food and drink manufacturers only).

The only expectation is that you take advantage of the appropriate events, grants and funded support. 

These are all free.  We do not expect you to attend every event or take advantage of every project.

All we ask is that you make the most of your membership.

We also respectively ask members to remain professional at all times and remember that this a community- not a sales forum.

JOIN THE TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY CHAIN 

You are invited to join the Technology Supply Chain. Simply complete the form opposite and we will add you to our manufacturing members’ list.

Remember you get:

  • Easy access to hidden grants and fully funded support- fuel your business growth with free support and match-funded grants
  • Invitations to free workshops and events- discover new approaches and new business opportunities  
  • Access to quarterly manufacturers-only briefings and networking events- find out about the help and support available to manufacturers in the West Midlands
  • Support with innovation and using proven technology giving you predictable expansion and increased profits
  • Weekly e-newsletter with ideas, opportunities and invitations
  • Free access to our library of resources for manufacturers- discover proven ideas and methods to take your business to the next level

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