Ministers will be notifying successful bidders from the first round of Westminster's Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, a scheme that will see £80 million invested into 11 different procurement projects.
This, the government believes, will help create or safeguard more than 2,000 jobs in the coming years as firms in the chemical and automotive sectors benefit from improvements.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Over half the UK's exports and almost three quarters of our business research and development activity is in manufacturing, so it's vital that we create the right conditions to encourage growth in the industry."
It comes after the government announced that it will be cutting red tape for street stall traders in the coming months to help make it easier for people to do their jobs.
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