Cranfield University has set up a co-operative that is regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) to help UK-based SMEs in the manufacturing sector to collaborate in order to bid into OEMs and Tier 1 and win business. The vision is to set up regional and market specific clusters made up of complementary manufacturing SMEs to provide a vertically integrated offering to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).
The Manufacturing Co-operative will establish a cluster within the Thames Valley which will match the specialist skills of small manufacturing businesses based in the Thames Valley area with the needs of OEMs to deliver innovative supply-chain solutions.
In addition to improved business opportunities, the Co-operative members will benefit from increased marketing exposure. There will be a regular forum where members can attend in person or via a tele-presence link. The purpose of this is to encourage networking within the Co-operative and where possible use and maintain the skills base within the Thames Valley.
There will be a regular newsletter to which members can contribute case studies and introductions to their capabilities. This information will also be published on the Manufacturing Co-operative website to further increase member visibility both within the region and nationally.
The Manufacturing Co-operative is supported by Cranfield University. As a member, you will have support in accessing Cranfield’s specialist facilities and expertise. These include through-life engineering services, precision engineering composites, guidance and navigation systems, motorsport and wind tunnels.
You will also have support in accessing the Operational Excellence Institute’s state of the art learning studio, This facility features telepresence and virtual/augmented reality labs. We will provide support, project management and consultancy to make your project a success.
The Co-operative is looking for members based in the general Thames Valley area whose businesses are in or support manufacturing; and aim to support OEMs regionally and nationally through the Thames Valley Co-operative cluster. Geography is not the issue; what is important is the willingness to work collaboratively with other member organisations to grow your business.
To become a member, contact CEO Matthew Caffrey (details below) or access and complete a membership application online. There is a small charge of £50 to become a member; this is made up of £25 to join and £25 worth of shares in the Manufacturing Co-operative. If at any time you wish to leave the co-operative you simply resign your membership and sell back your shares at the price you paid.
Details: Matthew Caffrey, 01234-754058 or 07580-555644