Will there be a charge for the service?
What size of business do you work with?
We mainly provide support for SMEs but larger companies could also benefit.
The European Commission considers a company to be an SME when:
- it has fewer than 250 employees;
- it has an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million; and,
- it is independent*
*Independent – no more than 25 per cent of the capital or voting rights are owned by one or more enterprises which fall outside the SME definition. This threshold may be exceeded when an enterprise is held by a public investment corporation, Venture Capital Company or other institutional investors, provided they exercise no control.
Do you only deal with the manufacturing sector?
Our service is aimed primarily at manufacturing companies.
Part of the role of the practitioners will be to assess which areas a company requires assistance with, such as whether there is a skills gap or training need within the workforce rather than simply a manufacturing process issue.
What are the skills sets of your practitioners?
The SMAS practitioners are individuals with extensive knowledge and practical experience of the various aspects of continuous improvement in many of the different fields of manufacturing.
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How long would a practitioner expect to spend in the workplace to assess a company’s needs?
In most cases, one day would be appropriate. However, depending on the nature of the business concerned and the extent of your requirements, a longer period may be needed.
What is the first point of contact for more information?
Contact us for more information
You can find out more about SMAS by contacting your local Business Gateway, your account manager or any of the partner organisations.
Scottish Enterprise is on hand to give you help and advice over the phone. Just call 0845 607 8787.