Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative
What is AMSCI?
The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) is a national programme worth up to £125 million to create more competitive supply chains and sustain or create new jobs.
The programme also aims to create better synergies and sustained collaborative relationships throughout supply chains that participate in this initiative.
Originally, AMSCI was developed by the GBSLEP in partnership with the Black Country, Liverpool and Coventry & Warwickshire LEPs in order to strengthen manufacturing supply chain capacity in the automotive sector and a bid of £25 million was made to the Regional Growth Fund. Following consideration by Government, the initiative was extended across England and across all manufacturing sectors and launched in April 2012.
The competition provides a flexible approach in the type of support that can be offered to address the key barriers to supply chain development.
This initiative can provide both grants and loans to successful projects demonstrating real ambition to create globally competitive supply chains.
The funding can also support a combination of investment in capital equipment, research and development, and training and skills in recognition of the flexibility needed to overcome the barriers that suppliers and supply chains can face.
Birmingham City Council is overseeing the appraisal for this national scheme with the Technology Strategy Board supporting Birmingham City Council in running the competition process.
AMSCI rounds one and two are now closed.
AMSCI Rounds Three and Four
Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise opened the competition for the AMSCI Rounds 3 and 4 on March 21 2013.
Funding is available to support research and development, skills training and capital investment to help UK supply chains achieve world-class standards and encourage major new suppliers to locate in the UK. The deadlines for applications are noon on May 29 2013 for Round 3 and noon on October 16 2013 for Round 4.
Applications from foreign investors who wish to use AMSCI to establish or strengthen their manufacturing presence in the UK are welcome. Companies do not need to be registered in the UK in advance of making an application, provided they can demonstrate that – if their bid is successful – the project activities which AMSCI funds will take place in England.
The West Midlands and Liverpool City Region Programme
On March 28 2013, a £19 million programme within AMSCI to support and strengthen companies in the automotive and aerospace supply chains specifically in the West Midlands was been launched.
The West Midlands and Liverpool City Region Programme will help companies in the four Local Enterprise Partnership areas of Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, the Black Country and Liverpool City Region.
The programme will provide loans and grants to pay for capital equipment, working capital, R&D activity which improves manufacturing equipment, systems and processes, and specific training and skills development.
To find out more about AMSCI and how to apply for various aspects of the fund, visit Finance Birmingham’s dedicated AMSCI page.