SC21 C&G – Opportunity to Participate

Request for Expressions of Interest for funding available

£10m SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (C&G) Programme – Limited places

We are seeking up to 78 ambitious Aerospace supply Chain organisations to participate and share in the 3 year £10m Government funded SC21 Competitiveness & Growth Programme.

The specific aim of this programme is to accelerate the competitiveness and growth performance of your organisation to better secure existing and future business opportunities, both domestic and global, in the aerospace sector.

To register your interest, please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST on the NMCL Website.

The UK government have made available £10m of grant aid to support productivity improvements in the UK Aerospace Sector.

This grant aid will be managed by ADS via the SC21 Competitiveness and Growth Programme over a 3-year period commencing April 2019.

Funding is limited, and it is anticipated this will fund up to 78 eligible beneficiaries.

To be eligible for this funding your organisation must supply goods or services into the Aerospace sector (defence or civil) which are aligned with the Government’s Aerospace Industrial Strategy. You be prepared to undergo business due diligence, anti-laundering checks and commit to matching the government aid provided to you, by investing in the time necessary in training mentoring and coaching of your staff. This element will form part of the sector’s Industrial contribution.

You are therefore invited to notify ADS Group Limited, who is overseeing the selection process, to declare an expression of interest in participating in the SC21 C&G programme.

The selection process will consist of profiling assessment review to establish your readiness, ambition and suitability. This will include the current level of performance as part of your current improvement programme / SC21 maturity, financial business due diligence and solvency and liquidity risk assessments to ensure potential participants are eligible robust businesses and finally an endorsement by the SC21 Aerospace and Defence Sector Board, accountable body and programme office.

The closing date to express your interest is 31 October 2019.

Eligibility criteria

The beneficiary must be; –

  • Located in the UK.
  • A manufacturers or processors within the Aerospace and the Defence Aerospace sectors of one or more of the following products.
  • Aligned with the Aerospace Sector Deal.
  • Able to satisfy Financial Due Diligence checks undertaken by the Accounting Body.
  • Able to satisfy Anti Money Laundering checks (Know Your Customer- KYC) undertaken by the Accounting Body.
  • Willing to undertake an agreed improvement project in the UK.
  • Willing to meet their obligations set out in the Beneficiary Agreement.
  • Be endorsed for suitability by the Grant Authority.
  • Be endorsed for suitability at Main Gate by the Aerospace Sector board/BEIS.
  • Willing to commit to increase productivity and growth.
  • Willing to commit to increase firm level GVA and profitably.
  • Have evidence of Continuous Improvement (CI) projects.
  • Have evidence of good Delivery and Quality performance to their customers.
  • Invest in innovation and Research and development.
  • Be targeting business growth within the next 3 years.
  • Exploit the results from or in the UK.
  • Invest in technical education and skills to support high value jobs.

The SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (C&G) programme has been jointly developed by ADS and SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) and is the Aerospace and Defence sector’s deployment mechanism of the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Level (NMCL) system.

The aim of the SC21 Competitiveness & Growth (C&G) programme is to have a single, national, quality assured, best practice approach to improving the competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies, this will raise workforce capability and boost economic growth and exports. Thus helping to deliver HM Government’s Industrial Strategy and the goals of each sector’s Growth Strategies. The automotive sector programme, NMCL Auto was announced in the 2018 Automotive Sector Deal.

The process that participants follow covers a standardised Capability Assessment undertaken by accredited assessors, a self-review of Competitiveness against peers, and a Competitiveness review against peers by 3 nominated customers. The output of these is combined to develop an improvement plan and a credible financial business case with the participant. The business case will point to improvements that can be made by embedding key skills into the organisation through training, coaching and mentoring.

To ensure a common approach is used across the sectors, a syllabus of 122 distinct Improvement Modules has been developed which cover 4 key areas of a business, Competitive Strategy & Management Systems, New Product Introduction, Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain.

To register your interest, please complete the EXPRESSION OF INTEREST on the NMCL Website.