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Welcome to the sme support hub


We know that SMEs are the beating heart of UK Manufacturing. Our SME Support team has been formed to work directly with you whether you are a budding entrepreneur or Start-up, going through Scale-up pains or matured into a larger established SME. Together we can draw on the extensive resources of the MTC to address your practical, technical, and strategic manufacturing challenges.

We help 100s of SMEs every year to embed innovation and new ways of working, increase their competitiveness, accelerating their growth and designing and developing new or next gen products.

The MTC has state of the art facilities, employs scientists, engineers and subject matter experts as well as providing access to funding, and partners with whom we work alongside – call it the MTC SME Eco-system.



Our team is ready and able to support the breadth and depth of challenges faced by the UK's SME manufacturing community, from the implementation of new and emerging technologies to factory layout and process flow improvements, robotics and automation, net zero decarbonisation journey, energy transformation, digitisation, technology adoption, new product innovation and much, much more. We have expert engineers in every region of the country – across all industry verticals - so no matter where you are based, challenge us to help you.

Business Transformation

Support with process flow improvements from material handling and processing techniques, to business systems and factory layout.

Supply Chain Robustness

Supply Chain Performance

Enabling the reshoring of key current supply chains to make domestic production globally competitive. 


Digital Transformation

Accelerating the adoption of digital technologies that provide opportunity to boost productivity, from online work instruction to RFID stock tracking.

Technology Roadmapping

Technology Adoption

Highlighting emerging technology trends and identifying the best fit for your business

Technology Adoption

Technology Roadmapping

Readying your business to adopt new technologies and de-risking your investment.

New Product and Process Development

Product Innovation

Support through the challenges of the design, prototype and testing phases to turn new concepts into commercially viable products. 



automation adoption for SMEs: taking CBE+ through the automation journey

The MTC has partnered with Chesterfield based SME CBE+ to support the business on its journey towards implementing automation and robotics. Following the Automation Journey, the MTC has helped CBE+ specify an automated system which will help meet growing demand for its products and services.


The Manufacturing Support Navigator was created to provide SMEs with an interactive tool to understand how to improve manufacturing operations at your business. By answering a series of simple questions, the navigator will help you to identify the solutions for the challenges that you are currently facing at your business and show you how the MTC could help.

We will show you how companies facing similar issues to you have worked with the MTC to implement practical and affordable strategies to help their business transform and grow. To start your journey through the Manufacturing Support Navigator, click on the link below.



There are a number of ways to engage with us or for you to speak to a subject matter expert. Choose the best way for you.


1) Book an initial consultation through the form to the right

2) Email us:

3) Telephone us: +44 (0)2476 701600

To support SME’s, our local subject matter experts, offer free initial consultations. The first step is a telephone introduction or in person initial meeting, followed by a line walk of your facility.

A senior member of our SME team will visit your facility and conduct a tour of your business’s operations to obtain an initial understanding of the challenges faced, before providing guidance on the best route forward.

We will also discuss with you the funding options that are available to support the work we do.

Complete the form below to book your Consultation.

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