South West Manufacturing Advisory Service – Manufacturing Plus 2012-15

Business support

The objective of the project is to support the innovation and growth of manufacturers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through a virtual Product Development Centre.

Corniah Sea Salt Plant
The Product Development Centre (PDC) is a new and exciting opportunity, providing businesses with a dedicated service to support innovation. The main focus of support is on the development and introduction of new products making concepts reality.

A bespoke package of support will be put together which will be tailored to a company’s needs.

PDC can provide help with - business strategy, Intellectual Property (IP), legislation, identifying and accessing markets, product and tooling design, prototyping, testing, and much more....

Think of PDC as a one-stop-shop for New Product Development!

•           Innovation - assistance to companies developing/introducing new products including feasibility work, project management assistance, sourcing new machinery, product development, design and materials

•           Strategic Planning - assisting clients to plan for growth by combining best practice with tailored regional plans designed to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and plan for a suitable future

•           Supply Chain - assisting to realise efficiencies through improved coordination with suppliers and customers 

The PDC will also assist in finding supplies, technology, research and equipment through their local, regional and national networks.

The project will also provide a dedicated link into the Knowledge Base to help enable manufacturers to work with universities and colleges and will provide a significant amount of signposting and referral to other business support providers and networks.

Information on previous SWMAS investments can be found here:


SWMAS 2011-12