A&M EDM secures over £600,000 in grants

Between 2014 and 2022, Smethwick-based A&M EDM, a supplier of precision engineering services, has revealed that it received grants totalling £607,000 from a variety of providers. This funding helped support activities such as investment in machinery, innovation projects and digital marketing, as well as invaluable tailored support from the region’s accredited business advisers.

“My ambition from the outset was to become a sustainable subcontractor offering EDM manufacturing,” says founder Mark Wingfield. “The reduction of the Midlands toolmaking and automotive industries created opportunities to grow the business in other sectors such as aerospace. The advice I’d give to anyone starting today is to add value to every customer and continuously reinvest in equipment and employee training.”

From humble beginnings in 2002 with two employees and one machine, fast-forward to 2024 and A&M EDM has 84 employees, 80 machines and an annual turnover over £8m. The company is an award-winning business and the current Make UK Midlands and East region SME of the year.

By being open-minded to the support on offer from external organisations such as Business Growth West Midlands, Wingfield ensures the business accesses opportunities which serve the values of the company. Among those values is training the next generation of engineers. A&M EDM currently has five apprentices, and nine other employees who have advanced from apprentice level, including two section managers.

Working with Dudley College, the company has delivered an Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship since 2014, focusing on both the technical aspects of the job and soft skills. Apprentices continue to be an integral part of the team and future planning of the company, with a focus on retaining these skilled workers through their careers.

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