There are 12 Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF) projects which have a thematic, regional and / or a Scotland-wide focus and whose aim is to support the advancing manufacturing capabilities of SMEs within Scotland, leading to long-term transformational change.

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CeeD was contracted by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to deliver the Advancing Manufacturing Cluster Builder (AMCB) and support the 12 AMCF projects. 

Up to £8.9 million of grant funding, comprising European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Scottish Government funding, has supported the creation of a network of initiatives to stimulate the innovation performance of SMEs by providing services focused on improving manufacturing capabilities across Scotland.

The Critical Engineer

Manufacturing 4.0 regional skills hub for SMEs across the west of Scotland. Combining online, college and work-based learning, expert support, and business collaborations.

Supply Chain Aerospace

Supporting SMEs to improve their productivity and competitiveness. Identifying supply chain opportunities for SMEs to join the aerospace and space sectors, or grow their contribution.

SCOUT (Scottish Outreach)

Helping businesses de-risk life and chemical-science development with the help of world-class capabilities and innovation expertise. Overcoming market-entry barriers or support to build a supply chain.

Smart Hub Lanarkshire

Supporting SMEs from the Lanarkshire area & beyond. Robotics demonstration facility and ‘go to’ space for SMEs to meet, learn and access academic and business support.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is the future of manufacturing. It is a place where industry, academia and the public sector work together on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels, makes companies more competitive and boost the skills of the current and future workforce. 

Do you have a business challenge you’d like help with?

With the wide range of free support available through the Advancing Manufacturing Cluster Builder programme, talk to us. We’ll try to help you solve business or operational challenges and break down barriers to entry.