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Improving productivity to promote business growth 

You can improve productivity and efficiency within your business through innovation. We have a number of services that can help support you on your journey, have a look below. 

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service

If you're a manufacturing business, you'll know the importance of being efficient. Small changes to the way you work can make a big difference to your productivity and business growth.

The Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) can help Highlands and Islands businesses to grow through the development of new products, services, processes and new ways of working.

SMAS support: 

  • Manufacturing review
    The manufacturing review is free and provides you with qualified and impartial feedback on the current state and potential opportunities within your business.
  • Improving your layout
    Using your space more effectively can speed up production and win new business. Our free diagnostic review can benefit your business.
  • Developing your workforce
    An engaged, skilled and committed workforce helps you realise potential and seize opportunities. We can help you address barriers to growth as well as other challenges you may face.
  • Improving quality and delivery
    Many manufacturers continue with their current work practices simply because they already exist and are part of their culture. We can help you focus on improving the quality of production, the end product and the delivery mechanisms.
  • Streamlining your business
    Streamlining isn't limited to the factory floor. It applies across your entire business. We'll help you apply new thinking techniques to your office environment helping you meet present business challenges.
  • Developing your strategy
    Our team can help you develop a strategy that will determine what needs to be done now and in the future for your business to succeed.
  • Developing your product
    New products play a key role in business performance. Investing in their development is crucial to growth and profitability. We can guide you through how the lean process allows new products to be introduced in a structured way, thus reducing time to market.
  • Supply chain management
    Our team will focus on your supply chain and logistics processes to ensure they meet current challenges and will take advantage of the coming upturn.
  • Procurement and sourcing
    Lean procurement and sourcing can greatly increase the profitability of your manufacturing business. Applying lean techniques to your procurement process can quickly drive benefit to the bottom line.

SMAS services are delivered in partnership with Scottish Enterprise for businesses across Scotland. 

Find out more about SMAS and the services available on the Scottish Enterprise website >

Access to Markets for Food and Drink businesses

We work in partnership with Scotland Food and Drink to deliver the Access to Markets programme. 

Access to Markets is a Scotland Food and Drink (SFD) programme which accelerates the route to UK retail and foodservice markets, opening doors to decision makers and facilitating new business opportunities.  They provide support, information and training to food and drink businesses, ensuring they are market ready and equipped with the skills to gain and sustain commercial success.
If your ambition is to grow your business locally, regionally within Scotland or in the wider UK market, we can help.

  • Accelerate your route to market
  • Access new customers
  • Understand retailers and foodservice
  • Build your commercial knowledge
  • SFD members benefit from priority access and preferential discounted rates.

Find out more on the Scotland Food and Drink website > 

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