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The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP) provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs to make improvements by identifying, understanding and removing the barriers affecting their business. The programme includes:

  • An independent strategic business review with honest broker
  • Detailed growth report that identifies strength and weaknesses
  • Support to identify challenges and barriers to growth that drive change
  • Support to help drive the completion of projects on time
  • Access to grants to subsidise the cost of improvement projects
  • Guidance and support to access other support mechanisms
  • Service Delivery review
  • Contract Directly with expert

It provides free advice and co-funded grant support to manufacturing SMEs to help them:

  • Identify opportunities and create plans for improvement and growth
  • Work with the best external experts to implement those plans
  • Cover 35% of the cost of implementing the plans through a growth/improvement grant (up to £3,500 max)
  • Connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth

SMEs are guided through the process by a dedicated Manufacturing Growth Manager.

Project Dates

November 1, 2016 - September 30, 2019

Project Sponsor

Economic Growth Solutions


Humber Wide


£372,019 ERDF funding through the Humber ESIF allocation with a further £186,010 match funding.  Total investment – £558,029.

This investment is part of the wider MGP, a £9.2m ERDF funded programme working with SME businesses in the West Midlands; Yorkshire and Humber and parts of the East Midlands and East of England.


To October 2018, the MGP has provided grants totalling £285,278 to 172 SMEs in the Humber through the Humber’s ESIF Allocation.

A further 107 SMEs have been supported using YNYER and GLLEP ESIF allocations in our overlapping LEP areas, with additional grants totalling £171,664.

Approval Status

Business case approved

Delivery Status


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Last updated: November 27, 2018

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