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

MAKE IT

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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FAB LAB

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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PROFIT PROGRAMME

Calling all North West small and medium manufacturing businesses who are planning for growth and want some FREE help.

The Manufacturing Institute’s Profit Programme has been created to help manufacturers overcome challenges, grow their profits and set themselves up for a successful future.

The Institute funds the £2.4 million Programme, matched by support from the European Regional Development Fund – and it all starts with a completely FREE business review.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

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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CONSULTANCY

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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CASE STUDIES

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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.

When...

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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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Paul Grattidge - Siemens

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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Quotes

  • “The Profit Programme has transformed our approach to how we grow our business”
    Movetech UK
  • "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”
    DAVINDER LOTAY, DIRECTOR, ALTIMEX LTD
  • "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

Blog

How do I... 3D model and print? April 2015

03/04/2015 - 03/04/2015 Chips Building, 2 Lampwick Lane Map and Directions | Register Description:How do I... 3d model and print? 3rd April 2015 11:00 ... Find out more

Leadership versus Management

Chris Merriman, Managing Consultant at The Manufacturing Institute, has extensive global expertise gained from over 25 years experience in multiple ... Find out more

The end of our wearables and e-textiles course but not the end of our wearables journey!

When we started our  wearables and e-textiles course, we were slightly nervous delving into the unknown world of incorporating technology ... Find out more

The Coolest Homework in the World

We paid a visit to our Fab Lab in Ellesmere Port to see the pupils of Helsby High School who ... Find out more

Playing to Win

Every month we introduce you to one of The Manufacturing Institute’s team. Step forward Head of Business Development Mark Leeson ... Find out more

Events

Make It at the Commercial Vehicle Show

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

15th April 2015

Do you have what it takes to Make It in the Road Haulage Industry?

Teenagers from across the West Midlands are set to design their own new commercial vehicle when they compete in the Commercial Vehicle Show Make It Challenge on 15th April  at the NEC in Birmingham.

Price: Free Event

Accelerated Route to Lean Manufacturing

Carrington Business Park

21st April 2015

Providing the tools for lean manufacturing excellence

Price: £2950.00

Six Sigma Green Belt

Warren Bruce Court, Trafford Park

21st April 2015

Start out on your journey to Operational Excellence

Price: £3200.00

Discover Excellence

Entek, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

28th & 29th April 2015

Over two intensive days you will see why the Shingo Model is the Global Standard for Operational Excellence and how you can adopt the key principles and apply them in your business.

Price: £950.00

Make It with Survitec

FREE Schools Enterprise Challenge Event

7th May 2015

Students are invited to come to the rescue in manufacturing challenge! 

Merseyside, Wirral and Cheshire teenagers are set to come to the rescue of victims of natural disasters, war zones, or other troubles, when they compete in the Survitec Make It Challenge on 7th May at Liverpool Football Club.

Price: Free Event