A number of companies in Liverpool City Region
have bid for a slice of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain
Initiative Fund (AMSCI).
The Government Fund of £100million was based
on an existing £25million Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bid by a
group of Local Enterprise Partnerships (featuring Liverpool City
Region, Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire and Greater
Birmingham and Solihull), which focused on supporting automotive
and aerospace supply chains in those geographical areas.
Alan Welby, Executive Director – Key Growth
Sectors, Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
said: “The bids received from across the City Region is extremely
promising and shows the strength of the Advanced Manufacturing
sector here. It is a testament to the partnership working between
Liverpool City Region and the three Midland LEPs that this
Initiative came to fruition. We will now see the fruits of that
hard work though the number of projects that will emerge as a
result of this funding.
The AMSCI Fund will enable successful projects
to create globally competitive supply chains in sectors such as
aerospace, automotive chemicals and low carbon.
Alistair Poole, Managing Director NGF EUROPE
Limited and Local Enterprise Partnership Board Member commented:
“Our Advanced Manufacturing sector is a vital part of a rebalanced
economy producing long term sustainable and resilient growth. The
AMSCI Fund will help create and sustain supply chains in the
industry and jobs of the future, while attracting further
Currently employing 53,000 people and
producing £2.7billion output the growth of the Advanced
Manufacturing sector is central to the LEP’s vision of creating a
thriving economy. This means more readily available, appropriately
skilled people; growing the supply chain; encouraging and
supporting business start ups, and exploiting new technologies, all
of which will enable the region to compete on a national and
Alan continued: “Our emerging strategy for the
Advanced Manufacturing sector aims to make the LEP area a
world-class city region by focusing on a number of priorities we
can really deliver on. These include setting up a private sector
led Manufacturing Forum; identifying skills gaps and how
future Apprenticeship schemes can be tailored to the manufacturing
sector, as well as working with partners, including Government, on
a framework to understand the key issues faced by manufacturers in
the City Region.”
Successful bids from the regional fund and the
first round of the national fund will be announced in September
2012. There is a second round for the national fund which is now
open and closes at noon on 12 September.
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