Supporting sustainable growth in the East of England

A three-year project has significantly enhanced the growth prospects of 120 manufacturing SMEs across the Eastern Region, leading to the creation of approximately 140 new jobs and safeguarding many more.

PrISMS logoThe PrISMS (Practical & Innovative Solutions for Manufacturing Sustainability) project helped start-ups and SMEs in the East of England grow their businesses while reducing their costs and overall carbon footprint. Photofabrication, a photochemical machining firm, was one of the companies IfM ECS worked with. Paul Rea, Operations Director, said: “We worked closely with IfM ECS and we see the benefits. It allowed us to tap into resources we don’t have, to see things in a different way and to make decisions on that basis. We have a different mindset – it’s about getting better all the time.”

The PrISMS programme was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with match funding from the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability, ideaSpace and IfM ECS.


Read case studies on a number of the companies involved in the PrISMS programme.


Happy Academy aims to deliver meaningful products to children which nurture their positive emotions. It first product line is a series of activity greeting cards, entitled ‘We all have Superpowers’, which offers children the opportunity to identify their friends’ strengths and qualities.


dB Broadcast is one of the UK’s largest independent systems integrators. It manages complex projects, solutions design, systems build and integration, configuration and commissioning, and support services for both traditional and new technology broadcast systems.


Ecotile manufactures and installs unique, hard-wearing interlocking floor tiles for factory, warehouse and commercial premises. The sustainably-produced tiles are injection moulded to provide excellent wear characteristics.


Newton Commercial is a leading supplier of original specification interior trim for a range of classic cars such as the Mini, making each part to the original design. It supplies markets worldwide, as well as offering new modern seats, trim and other accessories.


Milbank Concrete Products manufactures high-quality precast concrete products, including floors, staircases and ground beams. It works with contractors in the civil engineering, rail, road and environmental sectors, offering services including design, manufacturing, installation and technical support.


Harlow Group is a precision sheet metal manufacturer offering a complete range of fabrication services from laser cutting and CNC punching through to welding, fabrication, finishing and assembly. It operates across sectors including automotive, construction, electronics, medical, retail, transport and telecommunications.


Colour Marketing Services develops, produces and markets colour cards and other high-quality sampling and colour marketing aids, including swatches, point-of-sale displays and major colour system libraries, for customers ranging from multinational blue chip companies to local independent retailers.


Molecular Dimensions is a leading supplier of screens, reagents and instrumentation for protein structure determination by X-ray crystallography. Its customers are research-based establishments – academic, institutional and pharmaceutical companies – that wish to grow well diffracting crystals.


Photofabrication is a specialist photochemical machining company that produces metal products including filters, g


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Anna Rowntree



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Date published

19 October 2015

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