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Advanced Manufacturing Businesses

A fully-funded programme to improve your competitiveness

What is APPEX?

APPEX stands for Advanced Manufacturing Product and Process Excellence and is a structured support programme designed for innovative advanced manufacturing businesses in Leicestershire. It will help improve your competitiveness in two ways:

– Implementing a focussed improvement project to deliver tangible results.
– Sharing and learning best practices from others.

As well as support from our Business Gateway Advisers this programme is available for 10 eligible businesses and will be run by consultant, mechanical engineer and founder of Owen & Partners, Dr Chris Owen.

Programme outline

The programme will help businesses get a detailed understanding of their capabilities, leadership and team priorities.

It will provide support on how to select, plan and execute a focussed improvement project with external support.

It will also give you the chance to learn best practices from other non-competing businesses involved. This support package provides external expertise to the value of £5,000.


APPEX is open to manufacturers from the following industries: Low carbon & Environmental Technology | Automotive | Aerospace | Space | Pharmaceuticals | Medical | Transportation |Construction equipment | Agricultural equipment | Industrial – Process | Power generation | Heavy equipment | Metals and materials. Your business should also:

  • Be more than 3 years old
  • Have more than 50 employees
  • Have a functional leadership team structure
  • Have an annual turnover of more than £4 million
  • Be privately-owned, but could be part of a group
  • Have growth ambition and potential.

A Business Gateway Adviser will help you decide if this is programme is suitable for you.


What are the benefits?


Independent 3rd party, evidence-based capability assessment of your business



External support to help select and plan a focussed improvement project



Coaching and mentoring during project delivery



Improve business performance in quality, cost, delivery, new product introduction and more



Share and learn best practice from other hand-picked advanced manufacturers



Get recognition, visibility, promotion and market exposure of your brand and business


Next steps

You can see full details of the programme and eligibility criteria in this brochure.

If you are interested discuss your suitability with a Business Gateway Adviser.

Call now to book an appointment on 0116 366 8487 or ‘submit an enquiry’ using the form below.