The Pursuit of Excellence

The Manufacturing Institute is passionate about manufacturing and the pursuit of excellence. 

Over the last 20 years, we’ve shared that passion with more than 10,000 businesses, delivering more than £1 billion worth of measurable results for our customers. 

We are an independent charity – our primary focus is to support and improve the manufacturing sector through training, education and consultancy.

The depth of experience and insight we offer cannot be surpassed. Our approach hinges on education – making sure that you can sustain every change we help to introduce.

We know manufacturing inside out. We understand the challenges and the opportunities.

We believe every UK manufacturer has the potential to outperform its rivals.

Lets make it happen. Together.

Julie Madigan – CEO, The Manufacturing Institute


Our hands-on, creative and fun school Make It challenges connect young people to local manufacturers to show the types of career paths available within modern manufacturing.

Since 2006, over 40,000 pupils and teachers have been inspired by the campaign.

Would you like to join us and have some fun?

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Welcome to the Fab Lab one of the most exciting innovations in manufacturing for decades!

Fab Labs digital fabrication laboratories were set up to inspire people to turn their ideas into prototypes and new products by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.

The UK’s first Fab Lab opened in Manchester in March 2010 and since then over 3,000 small manufacturers, inventors, schools and community groups have enjoyed using it.

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Our world class education and training is carried out by manufacturers for manufacturers.

With 20 years of expertise in bringing lessons from the factory floor to the classroom – we know what you need to succeed.

Our aim is simple: to deliver the latest thinking and best practice with the practical know-how and techniques to improve performance in manufacturing businesses across the UK.

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Whatever stage you’re at on the journey to excellence, our manufacturing industry experts have a wealth of experience to help you reach the next level.

Whether it’s a full strategic review, introduction of a new process, performance-boosting training from shop floor to boardroom, or an operational assessment to benchmark against your global competitors, we have a solution.

We’re looking forward to putting 20 years of expertise and success at your disposal.

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Masters makes waves for Steve Bamber

Steve Bamber felt the benefits of his Masters in Manufacturing Leadership even before he’d finished his studies, securing a promotion from Head of Manufacturing to Head of Operations (Astute)...

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Andy Payne

No Payne, no gain for Andy

As Head of Manufacturing for the Astute Submarine Programme at BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness, some might say Andy Payne has no need for a Masters in Manufacturing...

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Manufacturing Masters transforms graduate into manufacturing leader

Completing his MSc in Manufacturing Leadership transformed Matthew Byrom into a confident professional with five promotions under his belt.

He began the course as a graduate trainee and had secured...

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11 Years, 6 Promotions!

Chemtura Production Operations Manager Chris Babbitt is the first to admit that he was a ‘cruiser’ at school and only did what he needed to do to get by.


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Pharmaserve’s Emma is flying high!

One of the stars of our new superhero campaign is Emma Jones, Production Section Head at Pharmaserve (North West) Ltd, who is currently studying on our Diploma in Manufacturing.

Emma, 25,...

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Lee makes a splash thanks to The Manufacturing Institute

When he won a promotion at work, Lee Dooling turned to The Manufacturing Institute to provide the skills and training he needed...

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Graham Finnigan

Graham bakes up a Lean treat

Completing the Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing (ARTL) course has given Graham Finnigan the tools, understanding and the confidence he needs to thrive in his new role at one...

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Manufacturing courses pack a punch for Rachael

Rachael Wignall knows more than most people about the quality of training provided by The Manufacturing Institute. She’s successfully completed three separate courses since 2006, and was crowned ‘Young...

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Linda sees improvement in team leading skills

When Linda Evans was asked to sign up for a Team Leader development programme she wasn’t sure what to expect.

Linda, 48, is a team leader at Oldham-based James Briggs,...

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Terry Feeley

Diploma takes Terry to Brussels – and back again

Terry Feeley has good reason to look back with pride on his Diploma in Manufacturing from The Manufacturing Institute.

Not only did it take him from a factory floor in...

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Vicky Everett

Vicky strikes a balance with the Diploma

Vicky Everett credits her Diploma in Manufacturing not only with improving her skills and knowledge, but also with opening up previously out-of-reach career opportunities.

Currently approaching the half-way mark of...

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Diploma delivers triple whammy for Paul

Three promotions in five years saw Paul Grattidge rise from a Group Leader on the shop floor to Head of Quality, Environment, and Health and Safety at Siemens. A...

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Lean Fellowship pays off in performance improvements for Berwin Polymer

Rubber compound specialist Berwin Polymer has improved performance on one of its busiest production lines, thanks to the results of a project led by Victoria Cable, despatch co-ordinator at...

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Former goalkeeper moves into Premier League of management

Within eight years of finishing his course with the Manufacturing Institute, Darren Mitcheson had been promoted three times and moved from Burnley to China, to head up...

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  • "The mixture of presentations with interactive discussions makes for an interesting learning experience"
    Charles Day
  • "The Profit Programme free business review has created a wave of change for our company. It's the most valuable advice I have received in years. We are already implementing some of the recommendations and are taking advantage of further subsidised coaching days”
  • "We need great talent to help deliver our future growth plans and the Make It events are the single best opportunity for us to engage with young people close to our business. I fully expect that we will be recruiting some of the young people attending our Make It challenge in years to come."
    Nick Mulhall, Managing Director, Survitec Birkenhead
  • "The MSc course has been challenging but very rewarding and it has provided me the skills to challenge some of the priorities and behaviours within my company"
    Darren Johnston
  • "The MSc is Excellent! It's opened up new ideas and I'm sure it will help with my promotion prospects and employability"
    Gavin Thatcher
  • "Each module on the MSc is unique to manufacturing and encourages best practises and to use your work as the basis for all assignments by the 3rd module the courses has paid for itself"
    Joanna Payne
  • "I enjoy the learning opportunity and interaction with people from other industries. The MSc will & has provided me with a deeper insight in to manufacturing"
    Johnathon Fretwell


Make It in the UAE!

Written by Stephanie Boyle, The Manufacturing Institute I have worked on our schools Make It campaign for six years helping to ... Find out more

Your Personal Brand

When we think of a brand we usually think of a product – something you buy in a shop or ... Find out more

See Shingo excellence in action at Abbott Vascular

Delegates booking on to our Shingo Discover Workshop at Abbott Vascular in November will find a strong commitment to CI, ... Find out more

Talented teenagers flying high in our Make It Final

Lancashire teenagers triumphed over teams from across the North West at the Grand Final of The Manufacturing Institute’s Make It ... Find out more

"This is amazing stuff!"

Alistair Toward, operations director at architectural lighting company ACDC, couldn’t be happier with the way his team responded to new ... Find out more


Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing

Gripple Sheffield

20th January 2016

Providing the tools for lean manufacturing excellence

Price: £2950.00

Make It with URENCO

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

20th January 2016

Students are invited to see if they have what it takes to Make It in the Nuclear Industry! 

Students from schools across Cheshire will be ‘enriching’ their knowledge of the nuclear sector when they compete to be crowned heat winners at the upcoming Make It with URENCO Enterprising Challenge.

Price: Free Event

Team Leader Development

Gripple Sheffield

26th January 2016

Helping team leaders achieve their full potential

Price: £2250.00

Make It with BAE Systems

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

9th February 2016

Students will learn what its like to work for a global Manufacturing company! 

Students from 15 schools across Lancashire will compete in the BAE Systems Make It Enterprising Challenge, a collaboration between The Manufacturing Institute and BAE Systems, a global company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defence and aerospace systems in the air, on land and at sea.

Price: Free Event