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PP+ is how you outsource,
scale-up, and
make your mark

What is PP+ & who is it designed to help?

Industry disruptors, companies with bold innovations utilising new technology and ambitious machine builders in new markets or moving upmarket have an opportunity to grow faster…

Businesses that want to challenge established incumbent organisations in the market or machine builders and OEMs with innovation-driven growth strategies will require assistance and guidance on multiple levels before taking advantage of their “window of opportunity.”

PP Control & Automation has assisted organisations at both ends of the scale and has recognised a steady increase in new product innovators interested in the outsourcing model.

Because of increase in demand for their innovations and plans for incremental improvements in quality and performance, or bringing them to market at speed, it is no surprise that outsourcing is viewed as an ideal solution. Barriers such as space, skilled people, engineering expertise, legislation, and production lead times will be common for them.

But there is more that business types such as these can leverage from an outsourcing partnership with PP C&A.

These businesses can also take advantage of the PP C&A ‘ecosystem’ – An expansive network of suppliers and partners that can help companies in a scenario whereby quicker scaling is an opportunity they’ll be keen to take advantage of. These businesses, by design and nature want to make their mark.

To unlock their potential, they’ll need scaling-up coaching, sales consultation, and marketing & PR strategy. Furthermore, there will be opportunity to enter international markets where legislative demands bring new challenges and complexity, as well as a need to make efficiencies through design optimisation and access to academia, cutting-edge research and engineering groups.

PP C&A can be the key to this sought-after access thanks to its well-established partner network.

PP+ is an expansion of the traditional outsourcing model that considers the customer’s growth objectives and offers a single-source solution to industry-best resources and guidance.

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How PP+ works

When confiding in PP C&A to develop an effective strategic outsourcing partnership, you will also be given the option to take advantage of the PP+ system, with a simple journey to accessing scaling-up coaching, sales consultation, marketing and PR support, and introductions to academia, legislative bodies, and engineering groups.

PP C&A also work with a number of partners whom can help and advise around investment needs and supporting strategies, including potential investors.

On entering the agreement, a discovery session to outline your business goals, the market opportunity, and potential barriers will be organised with key PP C&A partners and experts in the fields of marketing and PR.

The outcome of the discovery session will allow partners to formulate a business strategy, identifying where access to the wider network will also be needed.

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The next stage is access to growth modules. Growth modules are categorised by the individual expert partners that can each offer a bespoke service and here you will develop relationships with the experts you require for as long as, or as little time as you may need them.

There is no obligation to use modules when agreeing to a discovery session. The system is a flexible and tailored offering that can be accessed at your convenience.

PP C&A has seen year-on-year growth in part thanks to its network of key partners and is now finding ways through PP+ to help market disruptors access the same growth network.

Discovery Session

  • Face-to-Face
  • Held at PP C&A’s facility in Cheslyn Hay
  • All major stakeholders of your business invited
  • PP C&A plus key marketing and PR partners all present
  • No upfront preparation required
  • Relaxing & informal atmosphere

Growth Modules

  • Sales & Marketing, PR advice & strategy
  • Scaling-up coaching
  • Product & Geographic Legislation Requirements
  • Academia (Various leading Universities supporting)
  • Engineering (Design & DFMA)
  • Investment needs and pathways

Growth Module Partners

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Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC)

Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) is a not-for-profit support organisation for advanced engineering, electronics, and software businesses.

The organisation back its members with promotion, support and thought leadership initiatives designed to accelerate technological development around several topics through effective peer-to-peer discussion.

STC has hosted several delegations from different territories worldwide and engaged with organisations such as Heathrow Airport, BAE Systems, and the UK government, all of whom are keen for STC to become the conduit to accessing the problem-solving prowess of the companies collaborating within its network.

The cluster is uniquely multi-sectorial and so its knowledge base is wide and varied, bringing companies together and encouraging them to collaborate on best practice.

STC offers several business growth programmes, including the SME Advisory Board and Mentoring programmes, in partnership with Be the Business. Together with British Business Bank, it also hosts a series of Access to Finance events and joined forces with Amazon Web Services to deliver an Innovation programme.

Special Interest Groups (SIG) formed by leaders of the member companies serves to raise awareness of the capabilities within the cluster, but further supports opportunities for collaboration. Currently, there are four Special Interest Groups: Digital & Advanced Manufacturing, Future Mobility, Design, Simulation & Metrology, Wearable Technology.

Since its inception in January 2017 by founding members Barclays, Buckinghamshire Council, EMW, Grant Thornton, Hexagon, Silverstone Park and West Northamptonshire Council, the cluster’s membership has grown to over 150 companies.

Support from start-up to scale-up

All STC members know what it takes to start a new business. Whether it’s access to advice or funding, insight into the growth process or opportunities for collaboration, STC is an ideal platform alongside the complimentary services of PP+ to offer industry best guidance.

For SMEs looking to take their business to the next level, STC can help to extend networks and knowledge, and find and exploit growth opportunities.

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For over 40 years OES has been a trusted advisor to companies and OEMs in search of Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) to achieve a trailblazing vision or develop mission-critical solutions.

OES’ core engineering capabilities in electrical, electronic, mechanical & structural design, plus software development, is combined with its extensive application experience. This combination of interconnected capabilities has contributed to the successful commercialisation of new products and technologies.

With headquarters in London, and Ontario, Canada, OES operates within 50,000 ft² of engineering and manufacturing space, and with a clear vision to accelerate innovative products to market faster. This speed to market is achieved through superior electronic design, rapid prototyping services, and world-class manufacturing.

OES is a specialist in several sought-after disciplines, including system design, schematic layouts, PCB layout, production, testing, and certification, with expertise in software and app development, embedded firmware, and prototyping. OES is uniquely positioned as a Design for Excellence (DFX) expert, encompassing Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and Design for Testing (DFT).

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Product Approvals Ltd.

Product Approvals Ltd helps machine builders with product certification requirements and getting product to the point of sale in specific target markets and geographies.

PP C&A’s partnership with Product Approvals Ltd gives it the backing of seven product approval experts and rapid access to dedicated laboratory and testing equipment covering electromagnetic capabilities, safety, and environmental compliance.

Whilst the partnership has been heavily directed towards supporting PP C&A’s clients with UL 508a certification and NFPA79 compliance covering industrial control panels and electrical cable harnesses used in North America, there is also wider country and industry-specific approvals and legislation guidance at its fingertips.

Product Approvals can help manufacturers and importers with UKCA marking for the UK, CE marking for the EU, UL certification management for the USA, and CB scheme management for multi-country product launches.

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InControl Systems Ltd.

InControl is an advanced process automation and industrial control systems integrator, providing solutions for process control, automation, and information systems. From consultation and conception through to design, implementation, commissioning and comprehensive support packages, InControl place emphasis on improved systems control, efficiency, and productivity.

Services start from feasibility study, through specification, design, and programming, to testing, commissioning and hand-over.

Consultation with InControl experts is undertaken at the beginning of any project and is swiftly followed by a 3-step process to deliver: Feasibility study or Proof of Concept (PoC), User Requirement Specification (URS), and Functional Design Specification (FDS).

Electrical design services including control panel layout and design, electrical schematic design and machine safety directives, PLC architecture design and programming, power distribution/switchgear, and motor control centre (MCC) design, plus site-wide or plant design for installations. All designs strictly adhere to IEE, European Low Voltage, ATEX specifications and other industry standards.

Beyond comprehensive design capabilities, access to unique services are plentiful, and as a vital PP+ Growth module Partner, the business is positioned to always provide access to innovation and insight for any industrial and process automation project.

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MAN Group & Grove Design

The Manufacturing Assembly Network (MAN) provides a single source engineering solution for any project involving one or more manufacturing disciplines. PP C&A has been a proud member for many years and an early adopter to the idea, collaborating with members of the group on projects that require manufacturing disciplines outside of PP C&A’s core competencies.

Those disciplines include aluminium casting, CNC & conventional machining, PCB design & manufacture, forging, metal stamping, plastic injection moulding, and tube bending & manipulation.

By combining world class expertise in every manufacturing service imaginable, MAN has a proven track record of helping organisations reduce costs, bring new products to market, and offer security of supply.

One MAN member that PP C&A works with extensively to add sought-after value to its clients’ product improvement and realisation requirements is Grove Design.

Grove is an industrial design agency, offering a dedicated multi-disciplinary design office that can work from concept through to definition for manufacture.

A state-of-the-art studio combines the latest 3D CAD modelling and analysis with significant production experience to deliver solutions that include vehicle drivetrains, special purpose machinery, processing plants and assistance with new product development. An ideal partner for start-ups, SMEs, and scale-ups alike, Grove provides initial concept, virtual design prototypes, CAE simulation and testing to full scale pre-production models. Prototyping and workshop facilities provide the ability to refine designs and properly consider design for manufacture issues.

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Cucumber PR

Cucumber PR is one of manufacturing’s leading media relations specialists, offering no nonsense communications support to help clients increase brand credibility and drive sales.

The independent agency, led by Russ and Joan Cockburn, thrive on developing a proactive media relations strategy that will identify the firm’s key messages and builds a captivating story that helps achieve the short and long-term objectives of the business.

It’s an approach that Cucumber PR use for more than 40 industrial clients across the UK and Europe, ranging from automotive suppliers and autonomous technology experts to aerospace manufacturers and food and drink producers.

Working closely with client management teams, Cucumber use its eye for a story and extensive contact book to develop industry thought leaders and third-party case study endorsement that will drive awareness, interest and, importantly, leads.

Cucumber PR can become your press office providing an influential barrier between you and the media and offering services including: copywriting, speechwriting, brand packages and award application support, media relations and crisis management, PR training, social media consultancy and stakeholder communications, plus photography management and video production.

Cucumber PR has an extensive understanding of manufacturing and technology sectors, delivering £20m of media coverage for UK manufacturing every year. A comprehensive media contact book for local, regional, b2b and trade press makes Cucumber PR the ‘Go to’ agency for national media opportunities.

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S2F Marketing

S2F Marketing was founded in 2005 on the principle of offering manufacturers a dedicated virtual marketing department, strategic guidance, and creative support.

Today, the agency has grown into the most trusted in its niche with in-house marketing specialists developing strategies based on in-depth consultation, fact-finding, interpreting goals and ambitions, plus clear market diagnosis and brand positioning. This guidance forms the basis for bespoke marketing plans that will outline how and when strategies will be executed effectively.

This execution of marketing strategy is achievable thanks to creatives operating across several disciplines, including graphic design, web design & development, videography & photography, copywriting, and research.

As a fully outsourced partner for marketing requirements, S2F can deliver campaign and project support which manages content across any required tactic and channel, including social media, websites, organic and paid SEO, email marketing, audio channels, events, and traditional print and advertising mediums. All activity is tracked and reported on regularly to prove effectiveness and highlight areas for strategic evolution and continuous improvement.

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Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is an academic department at the University of Warwick and also a very close associate and collaborator with PP C&A and the MAN Group.

WMG is the leading international role model for successful collaboration between academia and the public and private sectors, driving innovation in science, technology, and engineering, to develop the brightest ideas and talent that will shape our future.

The group aims to improve the competitiveness of organisations through the application of value adding innovation and new technologies. By helping businesses make more in the UK, its team of dedicated experts is looking to solve the UK manufacturing challenges that matter, through analysing and improving technology and processes for a globally sustainable future.

WMG can help grow and develop a manufacturers existing staff through apprenticeships, doctorates, and professional programmes. Another way WMG is committed to bringing skills to business is through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), engineering doctorate projects and internships.

Several key initiatives have been developed with SMEs, market disruptors and organisations developing new technologies in mind, including the Digital Innovation for Manufacturing programme, the Net Zero Innovation Network and Ready 4 Electrification.

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Coventry University engineering & research teams

The Centre for e-Mobility and Clean Growth (CEMR) is aligned to the global challenges related to the decarbonisation of the transport and energy sectors. Its research is based around lithium batteries, power electronics and electric drives, supercapacitors and fuel cells with core applications in transport.

Key facilities include the £50m Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) which is a partnership between Coventry University and FEV UK, and a Centre of Excellence in Cell Prototyping also located at the University.

The goal for each team and centre is to build academic depth and state of the art facilities, in chosen research areas, so that a collaborative approach can pursue with industrial partners and other research groups with similar missions.

Research is currently focused in the following areas: Electronics, motors, hydrogen, systems, and energy storage.

The multidisciplinary research teams bring a wealth of experience, ensuring that the Centre for e-Mobility and Clean Growth is firmly embedded within the commercial ecosystem that it supports. Many of its researchers have years of industry experience, comfortable with supporting the development of the next generation of pioneers in the transport sector, besides the knowledge required to bring production-ready mobility solutions to the fore. Relationships with several industry-leading organisations build upon Coventry University’s longstanding expertise in the transport sector. The Institute is always looking for ways to implement its expertise in a commercial setting, making real societal impact. Key areas of interest include Industry 4.0, manufacturing process optimisation, low-carbon powertrains, connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), and materials engineering.

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