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AMSCI - Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative - West Midlands And Liverpool City Region

Sector

Aerospace and Automotive

Geographic Availability

Black Country LEP

Coventry & Warwickshire LEP

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP

Liverpool City Region LEP

Investment Amounts

Minimum £100k

Investment Directors

Steve Hetherington
Diane Watt



The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative West Midlands and Liverpool City Region (WMLCR) programme was launched to support  an increase in the growth of the automotive and aerospace manufacturing sectors by addressing market failures. It seeks to deliver this by improving the competitiveness of supply chains to globally competitive levels as well as attracting new manufacturers to be based in the UK.

The programme seeks to  support the development of productive capacity in four Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas: Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull and Liverpool City Region Designed to promote closer collaboration within the supply chain, the £25m fund, adopts a flexible approach by offering loans and potential grant support. Helping to support and strengthen manufacturing businesses looking to develop and grow, the programme supports specific project funding, in particular towards the purchase of capital equipment, working capital requirements and complimentary Research and Development. The fund also supports  specific training and skills development to support the project.


The WMLCR programme forms part of the successful Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, a £345 million national programme launched 2012 to improve the global competitiveness of the advanced manufacturing supply chain and anchor high value work in England.

Key Features

      • £25m fund available for businesses located within the four Local Enterprise Partnerships of the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull and Liverpool City Region.
      • Open ended rolling programme with recycled funds as they come available – first come first served basis.
      • No maximum on applications, minimum of £100k.
      • Sole and Consortium bids.
      • Open to Automotive and Aerospace supply chains.
      • For the purpose of projects which include the purchase of capital equipment with complimentary research and development, and training and skills development to support a project.

      Eligibility

      • Applicants operating as part of an aerospace and/or automotive supply chain.
      • Either collaborative or single applicant bids.
      • Based within the four LEP areas consisting of the Black Country, Coventry & Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham & Solihull and Liverpool City Region. To be eligible, 90% of the public support has to be against eligible costs incurred within these geographical areas.
      • Must be State Aid Compliant.
      • Focus on job creation and safeguarding of existing workforce.
      • Applicants will need to demonstrate the additional nature of the activity and that the outcomes could not be achieved in the absence of support.



      Application Process

      Applicants wishing to apply should first read the “Application Guidance Notes”, which can be downloaded from the link below. Following that an “Expression of Interest” form will need to be filled and sent to the relevant LEP in the first instance (relevant contact details below).

      AMSCI WMLCR Guidance Notes.pdf

      AMSCI WMLCR Expression of Interest Form (EOI).doc 


      Applicants may also wish to download GBER State Aid guidance.

      GBER State Aid Guidance.pdf


      Once an EOI form has been submitted, a member of the Finance Birmingham will review the information and will contact you regarding the next steps of the application process.

      AMSCI WMLCR Application Form.doc

      AMSCI WMLCR Partner Finance Form.doc

      AMSCI WMLCR Applicant Finance Form.xsl



      For more information about the AMSCI WMLCR Fund or to enquire about the application process call Diane Watt in our office on 0121 233 4903 or email DianeWatt@FinanceBirmingham.com



      Black Country LEP representative

      Martin Sarling

      enquiries@bcgrowthhub.com
      Tel: 01902 323886



      Coventry and Warwickshire LEP representative

      Parmy Singh

      Parmy.singh@coventry.gov.uk
      Tel: 02476 831 368



      Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP contact Finance Birmingham in the first instance

      Diane Watt

      dianewatt@financebirmingham.com
      Tel: 0121 233 4903



      Liverpool City Region LEP representative

      Simon Reid

      Simon.Reid@liverpoollep.org
      Tel - 0151 237 3903

       

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