New Obligations for Manufacturers of Products with Digital Elements

Back on 16 December 2020, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented a new EU Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade, aimed at strengthening the resilience of Europe against cyber threats and in order to provide its citizens and businesses with trustworthy products and services throughout the European market.

During the 2021 State of the Union Address, European Commission’s President Ms. Ursula von der Leyen insisted on the need to have a European Cyber Defense Policy and to pass legislations on common standards under a new European Cyber Resilience Act.

Following this Address, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market Mr. Thierry Breton had warned that the world, including Europe, was vulnerable to large-scale cyber-attacks and that it was necessary to increase our collective resilience through advanced technology, secure infrastructure, common requirements, increased operational cooperation and effective sanctions.

A year later, the President of the European Commission presented the Commission’s proposal for a new Cyber Resilience Act during the 2022 State of the Union Address, given on 15 September 2022.

To justify the importance and urgency of passing a new regulation to increase the overall level of cybersecurity of all products with digital elements placed on the internal market, the European Commission notably:

  • recalled that the estimated global annual cost of cybercrime was €5.5 trillion by 2021,
  • insisted on the fact that there is still a low level of cybersecurity on these products which remain vulnerable, and
  • pointed out that there is also an insufficient understanding and access to information regarding the security of these products by users.

Large Scope

The draft Cyber Resilience Act appears to be quite ambitious as it intends to broadly apply to all “products with digital elements whose intended, or reasonably foreseeable use includes a direct or indirect logical or physical data connection to a device or network.”

According to the proposed regulation, a product with digital elements “means any software or hardware product and its remote data processing solutions, including software or hardware components to be placed on the market separately.” On the basis of this definition, almost any product containing a digital element could technically be covered by the new regulation.

As explained by Ms. von der Leyen and by the Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, Ms. Margrethe Vestager, the new regulation “will put the responsibility where it belongs, with those that place the products on the market”, i.e., the economic operators.

The economic operators specifically targeted by the draft Cyber Resilience Act are the manufacturers, the importers, and the distributors of the digital products. Different obligations would apply to them.

Strict Obligations

Annex I of the draft Cyber Resilience Act contains most of the essential cybersecurity requirements that the digital products falling within the above-described scope would have to comply with. Indeed, Article 10 provides that, when placing a product with digital elements on the market, manufacturers would have to ensure that the product has been designed, developed and produced in accordance with the essential requirements set out in Section 1 of Annex I.

According to Section 1 of Annex I, products with digital elements would have to be designed, developed and produced in such a way that they ensure an appropriate level of cybersecurity based on the risks, and would also have to be delivered without any known exploitable vulnerabilities.

Furthermore, under Article 10.12 of the draft regulation, manufacturers “who know or have reason to believe that [their products] are not in conformity with the essential requirements set out in Annex I shall immediately take the corrective measures necessary to bring that product with digital elements or the manufacturer’s processes into conformity, to withdraw or to recall the product, as appropriate.”

Manufacturers would therefore assume most of the responsibility for the products that they decide to place on the EU market. In doing so, manufacturers will also be required to comply with conformity assessment procedures, including the undertaking of an assessment of the cybersecurity risks associated with the products. They should then take these risks into account during the planning, design, development, production, delivery and maintenance phases.

Moreover, the proposed regulation would impose important reporting obligations on manufacturers. Pursuant to Article 11, any manufacturer would, without undue delay and in any event within 24 hours of becoming aware of it, have to notify to the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) any actively exploited vulnerability contained in the product with digital elements. Manufacturers would also have to report any incident to the users of the products.

Risks of Recall & Withdrawal of Non-Defective Products

Based on these provisions, the risk of having its digital products being recalled or withdrawn from the EU internal market would have to be closely monitored by manufacturers, distributors and importers.

Pursuant to the draft Cyber Resilience Act, the safety of digital products would now also be assessed based on their cyber risks, and not solely on the harm that these digital products could physically cause to the users. To the best of our knowledge, this would constitute a new development at the European level.

Under French law, digital products that do not comply with the draft Cyber Resilience Act could therefore perfectly be considered to be defective products, despite working perfectly on a technical standpoint.

In France, in addition to the new Cyber Resilience Act, potential plaintiffs would be likely be entitled to invoke a number of alternative grounds, such as the hidden defect guarantee, the strict product liability regime, the legal guarantee of conformity and the general safety obligation regime.

Financial Risks for Economic Operators

Should the manufacturers, importers, and distributors of digital products be in breach of the requirements set out in Annex I and Articles 10 and 11 the draft Cyber Resilience Act, Article 53 provides that they will face administrative fines of up to 15,000,000 Euros or, if the offender is an undertaking, up to 2.5 % of its total worldwide annual turnover for the preceding financial year, whichever is higher.

In addition, the breach of any other obligation of the draft Cyber Resilience Act would result in administrative fines of up to 10,000,000 Euros or, if the offender is an undertaking, up to 2 % of its total worldwide annual turnover for the preceding financial year, whichever is higher.

Finally, the supply of incorrect, incomplete or misleading information to notified bodies and market surveillance authorities in reply to a request shall be subject to administrative fines of up to 5,000,000 EUR or, if the offender is an undertaking, up to 1 % of its total worldwide annual turnover for the preceding financial year, whichever is higher.

Therefore, the financial risks that economic operators would face appear to be substantial. These risks are, however, in line with the European Commission’s ambition to put the responsibility on those that are placing the products on the EU market.

Manufacturers, distributors and importers should therefore take the European Commission’s proposed Cyber Resilience Act very seriously as it could have a detrimental financial impact on their businesses.

A Dual Enforcement of the new Regulation

In order to enforce these proposals, the European Commission would rely on the national market surveillance authorities of the Member States while also reserving the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity the right to take corrective or restrictive measures at the EU level.

Overall, the European Commission would depend on national market surveillance authorities, which should be responsible for the control of products with digital elements in the EU market. In France, it is likely that the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) will play a central role in the enforcement of the new regulations.

Article 43 of the draft Cyber Resilience Act provides that if and where a market surveillance authority finds that a product does not comply with the requirements, “it shall without delay require the relevant operator to take all appropriate corrective actions to bring the product into compliance with those requirements, to withdraw it from the market, or to recall it within a reasonable period, commensurate with the nature of the risk, as it may prescribe.” Should a manufacturer fail to take appropriate corrective actions, the relevant market surveillance authority would be given the power to take any appropriate provisional measures to prohibit or restrict that product, to withdraw it from the market or to recall it.

In parallel to the market surveillance authorities, the European Commission would also be entitled to take corrective or restrictive measures at the EU level based on the evaluation of the ENISA and after having duly consulted the Member States. The European Commission could notably order the withdrawal or the recalling of digital products, per Article 45.4 of the proposed regulation.

Furthermore, even if products with digital elements comply with the new Cyber Resilience Act, market surveillance authorities would still need to require that the relevant operators take all appropriate measures should the products nevertheless pose “a risk to the health or safety of persons, to the compliance with obligations under Union or national law intended to protect fundamental rights, the availability authenticity, integrity or confidentiality of services offered using an electronic information system by essential entities of the type referred to in [Annex I to Directive XXX / XXXX (NIS2)] or to other aspects of public interest protection.”

Implementation Timeline

Article 57 of the draft Cyber Resilience Act provides that the new regulation shall apply 24 months after the date of its entry into force, except for Article 11, which shall apply 12 months after the date of the regulation’s entry into force.

This means that the obligation to actively report exploited vulnerabilities and incidents would apply only one year after the entry into force of the proposed regulation.

In any event, in view of the complexity of the obligations that will be put on the economic operators’ shoulders, even a transition period of two years would impose a heavy burden on these operators.

Mitigation of Risks

In order to attempt to mitigate the numerous risks described above, manufacturers, importers and distributors should anticipate the entry into force of the Cyber Resilience Act and already start conducting cyber security risk assessment of their digital products.

Although the new regulation may only become applicable 24 months after the date of its entry into force, it appears to be clear that cybersecurity of digital products now constitutes one of the top priorities of the European Commission, similar to the regulation of data privacy with the GDPR back in 2018.

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis Partner, Signature Litigation

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis Partner, Signature Litigation

Elias Boukachabine Associate, Signature Litigation

Elias Boukachabine Associate, Signature Litigation

10 Manufacturing Small Business Ideas

Manufacturing added $2269.2 to the US GDP, resulting in 10.8% of the total GDP in the USA. Undoubtedly, manufacturing plays a vital role in the economy of the US and other countries in the world. Small businesses are a dominant force in the manufacturing industry, as more than 98% of US manufacturing companies are small businesses.

Before getting into manufacturing, business owners must consider some factors:

  • The products in demand
  • Start-up cost
  • Level of knowledge
  • Business location
  • Availability of raw materials and workforce.

These factors affect the growth and productivity level of any firm.

The high level of competition in the manufacturing industry pushes small businesses to brainstorm ideas to penetrate the market. This article will recommend manufacturing ideas based on statistics to help small enterprises to kickstart their companies and succeed in the manufacturing industry.

Top 10 manufacturing Small Business Ideas

In a highly competitive environment, new businesses with a unique philosophy, brilliant strategies, and innovative ideas will likely be successful.

There are over a hundred business ideas to ponder over, but the mind-blogging task is to figure out which of them is in hot demand in the market. Here are the top ideas for small businesses:

Tea

Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world. In 2022, the tea market will generate a revenue of $14,168.4 million. The tea market will grow annually by 4.10% within the next three years. Additionally, a recent survey suggests that afternoon is becoming a significant trend in 2022. Many drinkers will be demanding tea to quench their taste.

If you’re a tea lover, you’ve got a million dollars industry in your hands. You can combine different leaves and perhaps develop the next best-selling tea brand. Despite having six significant categories, you can blend tea leaves into different variations and flavours—the numbers are unlimited.

Step into the tea market, explore different leaves, request feedback and take advantage of this easy small business idea.

Microbrewing

Microbrewing is among one of the best business ideas. Beers are a significant part of the American tradition. The USA occupies the second position in global beer production with 211 million hectoliters volume. Craft beers are available in many pubs. Nevertheless, craft brewing or microbrewing requires comprehensive knowledge, the right equipment, and licensing from respective bodies. Understanding the process will help you mix flavours and ingredients to produce a unique brew.

You can run ads on the internet to market your product.

Grape wine production

A survey shows that 75% of adults drink wine. Wine is mainly consumed because of its taste and the good feeling it gives to the body. Grape wine production is a lucrative manufacturing idea for small businesses. If you love wine so much, perhaps it’s time to turn your interest into fortunes and create your unique label.

However, grape wine production is not challenging as people think. Understanding the varieties of grapes and flavours they produce is the first step to starting wine production. Learning the finest ways to source them according to your standards and taste would be beneficial. You can spend years growing your own vineyard, or visit local vineyards or wine dealers to model, pick, and buy grapes that offer your desired taste and quality.

Wine production requires extensive knowledge and a production facility. However, the presence of custom crushers in the market makes it a lot easier. These crushers provide the equipment needed to produce and bottle your product. They also offer skills and partnerships for those interested in reducing their costs.

Cosmetic and skincare

The cosmetic and skincare industry is extremely valued worldwide. It generates $49.2 billion yearly because of the high demand for personal care and beauty products. Skincare products occupy the market’s largest segment. The public is increasingly interested in natural, earth-sourced, and chemical-free products because of their little to no side effects on the body. Producing natural skincare products is a win-win for you and your potential customers.

You need to define your mission and determine your niche to penetrate the market. Source ingredients and package products that mirror your brand. Many platforms are available to help out the process. You can test your products in your home, obeying the lab-grade sterilisation process. If you have enough cash, you can outsource to many labs specialising in beauty.

Fashion

From 2020 to 2025, the value of the global apparel market is estimated to grow from $1.5 trillion to $2.25 trillion, thanks to the increase in the demand for clothing and shoes around the world. If you love fashion, you are one step away from converting your interest into money. To succeed in the fashion industry, one must not necessarily be into design or sewing.

You need to develop a desire, style, mindfulness about what’s going on in the fashion scene, and high creativity before starting up your label. You can begin customising artworks on people’s clothing if you have graphic design skills.

Jewellery

Jewellery has become an essential part of dressing accessories, as new designs and fashion trends attract customers. In 2018, the global jewellery market was valued at $ 278.5 billion and is expected to grow in subsequent years. If you are an artisan, you will have an edge in the market. You can easily partner with trustworthy suppliers. Upgrading your tools and equipment will help improve your productivity level.

If you love and enjoy playing with kids to keep them happy, you’ve got a potential audience in your hands. According to Statista, the toy industry generated a revenue of   $94.7 billion in 2020. Since 2010, the toy market has been growing by over 13%. Creating and designing toys for kids is a rewarding business. You can pick inspiration from popular kid’s cartoons, superheroes, sports, dolls, aviation—the list is unlimited. You need to choose a concept, draft your idea, and refine it until it becomes a reality as you planned.

CBD products

Suppose you’ve applied CBD oil to tackle your health challenges. In that case, it’s time to consider venturing into producing products related to these magical plants. Sales of CBD products in the USA reached $4.6 billion in 2020. In the next six years, the value of the CBD market is estimated to clock $16 billion because of its health benefits.

You can start producing CBD products by trying different formulations and figuring out the best delivery system. You can also source ingredients from reputable suppliers. The opportunities in the CBD market are overwhelming.

Candles

During romantic picnics and festive periods, candles are valuable accessories. In 2019, the market value of candles was $3.54 billion. The market value of candles is expected to clock $6.64 billion in eight years. The candle-making process is straightforward and requires low start-up capital.

You can purchase basic supplies online. Candle production is an easy small business idea that yields good money.

Phone covers

Like mobile phones, phone accessories are highly rated. In 2020, the worldwide mobile accessories market value was $202.45 billion. The phone accessories market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 4.5% within the next nine years and clock $328.70 billion by 2030 because of mobile phones’ high acceptance and usage.

Phone covers allow phone owners to reflect their personalities. Before launching your phone case line, you need to develop an innovative design concept that reflects recent trends and interests.

Conclusion

Many opportunities are available in the manufacturing industry. All you need is the right, successful business idea that suits your interest. It would help if you enquired about the start-up cost, demand rate, availability of raw material, and level of competition in the market. The key to success in the manufacturing industry is to create a unique product, model it to the best standards, and collaborate with the right producer who supports your process, quality, values, and expectations.

We hope you find this article helpful in your quest to grow your business!

About the Author

Alex Lysak is a CEO at SeoBrothers team. He has over ten years of experience in online marketing. He is passionate about building a solid iGaming affiliate team. He aspires to become number one in this niche worldwide.

What is Contract Manufacturing and How Does it Work

Contract manufacturing is a business model in which a company contracts with another company to produce products or services. This can be a great option for smaller businesses that don’t have the resources to produce everything in-house. It can also be a cost-effective way to get products to market quickly. Contract manufacturers typically have a wide range of capabilities, so they can produce a variety of products.

Type of Business

Some contract manufacturers only provide assembly services, while others offer a full line of services including chemical and material inputs. The manufacturers behind www.polarseal.net, solely focus on medical device contract manufacturing and healthcare material conversion, for example. This is a great option for medical companies who need to outsource certain parts of their production process.

Some manufacturers focus on one industry such as automotive, while other contract manufacturers produce various types of products and service many different clients. When choosing a contract manufacturer, consider the type of industry you are in so you can find a manufacturer who has experience in your field.

Services Offered

Contract manufacturers provide a range of services, including product design, purchasing, converting raw materials into finished products, and packaging. This is just an example of what you can expect from contract manufacturers; each company will have its own specialised services based on its capabilities and industry focus.

Additionally,  some manufacturers are focused on customising products to meet specific client needs, while others offer more standard solutions. For example, if you are looking for something off-the-shelf, then you should consider a manufacturer who has that product already on hand.

Open to Ideas

However, contract manufacturing isn’t just for companies with existing products. It’s also a good option for those wanting to get an idea or concept off the ground.  A manufacturer can help with the development process and experiment to find the best way to proceed. This is a great option for new start-ups or those looking for improvements on an existing product.

Contract manufacturers typically have their own equipment, so they can produce small batches as needed and change up designs and packaging as needed. For instance, if you are only planning on selling 1000 units of product, it may not make sense to invest in your own equipment. You can also get new products to market faster by using the equipment and resources of a contract manufacturer.

Price Point

Contract manufacturing costs will vary depending on what you are looking for, but typically this type of business model is more cost-effective than producing the product or service in-house. This can save money because you are outsourcing labour, facilities, equipment, etc. to a company that specialises in that area. You can also save money by using a contract manufacturer to produce items in bulk for larger orders, as opposed to producing one product at a time.

On the other hand, you also need to consider the costs of shipping, which will vary depending on your product and where it is being sent.

However, if your business is just getting off the ground and you are still trying to determine how much demand there will be for your products or services, it may be best to have the initial production done in-house.

Choosing a Contract Manufacturer

When choosing a contract manufacturer, there are a few things you should consider. First, find out if the company is interested in working with start-up businesses and new concepts. Having previous experience can be beneficial to both parties because it reduces the risk of the product failing during the development process.

Another important factor when choosing a contract manufacturer is timing. Are they interested in working with you on your timeline for developing and/or producing the product?

Ask about how many projects they typically take on per month. You want someone who can give your company the attention it deserves, so you don’t want someone who is overloaded with too many projects at once.

Sampling and Trial Runs

Each contract manufacturer will have its own set of rules when it comes to samples and trial runs. It typically varies between each business, so just ask about their specific policies before committing to a contract. For instance, some manufacturers may require a full order before producing samples, while others will allow you to pay for samples before making a final decision.

Contract manufacturers typically specialise in certain areas, so they are an ideal choice if you need something specific such as customised products or small batches of items produced on demand.  When choosing one, consider whether they offer trial runs and sampling options before making your decision about who will help bring your new product idea into reality.

Roof Manufacturing Firm Looks to Double Workforce

Cardinal Steels specialises in manufacturing steel cladding and roofing for industrial and commercial clients across the United Kingdom. The Bromsgrove-based manufacturing company is set to more than double its workforce in the coming months.

Cardinal is a newly formed company but have a wealth of experience in the United Kingdom roofing and cladding market.

Roof cladding is used to cover the roof, creating a watertight layer that keeps the elements out and the people inside warm and dry.

They manufacture a quality product and deliver that product on time. The company has a loyal client base, some of which, they have dealt with for over 15 years.

Cladding comes in all shapes and sizes and the wide range of materials available give you the chance to find the style that suits your building.

Company founder and managing director Jake Broadhurst worked with Ben Truslove, joint managing director at John Truslove, to secure their company premises.

The property provides warehouse space as well as offices and is equipped with a 5tonne rail crane. They are located approximately 10 minutes’ drive from junction 1 of the M42 or approximately 15 minutes from Junction 4 of the M5.

Bromsgrove is a town in Worcestershire, England, about 16 miles north-east of Worcester and 13 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre. It had a population of 29,237 in 2001. Bromsgrove is the main town in the larger Bromsgrove District.

Cardinal serves the industrial, commercial and agricultural industries, working on everything from stables and farm buildings to large industrial estates.

Broadhurst launched Cardinal at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Neil Faunch, associate director at Ansons Solicitors, advised the manufacturing company.

Hacks To Help Your Manufacturing Business: Improve Performance

Running a manufacturing business is not easy, it takes a lot of planning and time to establish such a company, not to mention to grow it.

Many businesses fail soon after being started, and for mistakes that could’ve been avoided! Improving performance, saving money and time is essential for such a business to blossom!

So here are some hacks to help your manufacturing business get the right performance improvement it needs!

Look at the current workflow

Before you start changing things in your business, you need to observe the current state and see what works and what doesn’t so you know what to improve! This can be tricky, things might seem perfect on the surface, but there is always room for improvements – so you need to do a little hypothesising and imagine how things can be better.

This is a solid and safe plan, as you can create multiple work plans before jumping into them – find the one that will work best! It’s all about making things easier and faster, so your business can grow without any setbacks! There is no need to rush into things, but going with the same business plan might not lead you to the success you’ve envisioned – so change might be necessary!

Hire the right people

Starting a company is like building a house, by building a solid foundation you can ensure the success of the whole construction. So hiring the right people is like building a solid foundation for your business. Skilled and hardworking people who are willing to evolve, can truly do a lot for your company, especially when it comes to manufacturing.

Multiple branches and teams of employees come together to work and maintain the business, so hiring the right people for that is key! Every business should strive to gather the best people possible and to improve the overall performance by having them there, even hiring remote workers can do wonders for your performance so keep that in mind!

Train your employees

After you’ve hired a lot of skilled and well-equipped people, you need to train them well so that they can work their jobs properly. Manufacturing businesses rely on skill and expertise, most of the time employees will have to work with machinery so giving them the proper training is important! This is crucial if someone is coming with no prior background, they need to learn how to do the job, stay safe in the workplace, and just excel in their work!

It can be pretty irresponsible and dangerous to not have your employees go through basic training, and it can cause your business to lack efficiency, which is definitely not good!

Use the right tools

Nowadays there are so many useful tools that can be used to improve the performance in a company, making things way easier and faster! In most cases, it has to do with modernising certain things due to technological advancements – why work hard, when you can let the machine do the hard work for you! Useful software can actually improve and transform the overall equipment efficiency by making things precise and easy to handle.

Adding these kinds of improvements to your company is necessary, not only is it normal to follow technological advancements, but it’s also more efficient this way. Instead of working hard, the manufacturing business needs to work smart in order to reach success without a lot of energy and time lost!

Prioritise organisation

Manufacturing companies are usually large, so working with such large-scale businesses can be rather hectic. Time management, resources, labour, production – everything needs to work in order, if one suffers a setback everything else suffers as well. Focusing on a better organisation is always good, it automatically boosts the performance by making things run smoothly! It can be a bit tricky, and seem like a lot of work – but it’s crucial for your long-term goals and expectations.

In order to reach success, you have to have a clear vision of how to get there in the first place! So prioritising organisation and having control over the workflow should be taken seriously!

Set goals

There is a reason why setting goals is so beneficial, you have something to look forward to and something to look at as a reference for your success. Short-term goals are just as important as big, long-term ones, this applies to many branches of the industry and they can boost the performance! It’s also important to have realistic expectations, it’s better to be steady and safe than to risk losing both money and time.

Small-term goals are there to minimise these losses and to monitor where the business is going! It’s good to aim high and to be enthusiastic, but being realistic is what will bring you success in the long run!

Prevention is key

Why wait till you have a big problem at hand, while you can prevent it from happening in the first place. Maintenance is key if you want to preserve your manufacturing business and keep it successful – unfortunately, a lot of things can go wrong here so you need to be prepared! If you notice that a certain problem is brewing, don’t wait till it escalates out of control, but rather try to solve it right away! This can be both technical and financial.

But it can also apply to your employees and teamwork as well, if there is an issue, never sweep it under the rug. This can help avoid any setbacks and financial problems along the way!

Continue evolving

Your job doesn’t stop once you’ve improved your company, there should always be a need for further evolving and growing as a business. New trends and ways of doing things will come, so staying up to date and adapting is really going to increase the performance in the long run!

At the end of the day, every business should focus on improving their performance, putting every branch in the spotlight – if one aspect of the industry is lacking, the rest will soon follow!

So being able to build everything at the same time can do wonders for your industry – making sure that all aspects of the business are standing strong will surely help with reaching success faster!

Manufacturing Firm Recognised for Excellence and Innovation

The nominations are open for a national award to recognise excellence and innovation in Scotland’s manufacturing sector, the Scottish First Minister has announced.

Scotland is a country that is part of the UK. Covering the northern third of the island of Great Britain, mainland Scotland has a 96-mile border with England.

Manufacturing is the creation or production of goods with the help of equipment, labour, machines, tools, and chemical or biological processing or formulation. It is the essence of secondary sector of the economy.

The First Minister’s Award for Manufacturing Leadership celebrates competitive and innovative manufacturing companies who champion fair work and invest in the skills and wellbeing of their employees.

A first minister is any of a variety of leaders of government cabinets. The term literally has the same meaning as “prime minister” but is typically chosen to distinguish the office-holder from a superior prime minister.

The winning company will receive:

  • a physical award designed by students on Skills Development Scotland’s Engineering: Design and Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeships programme
  • two places, together worth £2500, on a delegation arranged by the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service of industry leaders visiting an overseas advanced manufacturing site
  • one year of free enterprise membership of Scotland House in London which gives access to meeting rooms, event spaces and exclusive networking events

The Scottish Government is supporting advancement in manufacturing including the £65 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, up to £14 million investment through the Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund, and the £39 million Glasgow City Regions City Deal project to develop the essential infrastructure needed for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities with a network of Partners across Scotland brought together to boost the manufacturing community.

The winner will be announced at the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service’s National Manufacturing Conference on 26 May, 2020.