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Feel overwhelmed by the move to digitalisation? Concerned that it may cause issues amongst your workforce? 

You’re not alone. Many leaders experience this when first adopting new technologies.  

Want to understand how you can maximise the capabilities of digital technologies, and ensure that all stakeholders are on board too? Strong leadership is crucial for successful digital adoption.  

Successful digital adoption is not just a matter of implementing the technology. In order to create transformative change within your business, leaders need to consider the impact on their whole business. Developing your own leadership skills will boost your leadership proficiency and provide you with the tools to understand how technology will impact your operations and processes. It will help you to assess whether you have the right culture to support digital adoption, if you have the skills needed and how best to engage your employees in the journey.

Find out what Leadership development is available in your region.  

Start your digital leadership journey

The fantastic thing about the Leadership Programme was that it forged an impressive bond of trust between the cohort early on, which meant I felt I could talk about the company and our challenges openly. I believe that during the crisis we stayed in touch more than I suspected we would, talking about the challenges and sharing ideas about how to navigate it.

Dan Smith, technical director of Twinfix
Localised leadership development support
  • East Midlands

    Made Smarter East Midlands offers a leadership development programme focussed on equipping leaders to lead the digital transformation of their business.

    Programme details are as follows:

    • 3 Month programme
    • 6 Bite-sized workshops
    • Peer group cohorts of 12 Manufacturing leaders – All leading digital transformations
    • Content covers:
      • Leadership challenges of digitalisation
      • Managing digital change
      • Digitalisation strategy
      • Sprint methodology for implementation
  • North East

    If you are a small or medium-sized manufacturer based in the North East, you can access: 

    The programme is delivered by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) and Tees Valley Combined Authority.

  • North West

    The North West Adoption Leadership programme is delivered through a blend of workshops, site visits to SME manufacturers who are already on the journey of adopting digital technology, facilitated-learning sessions, and special project sprints to test new ideas. 

    You’ll adopt a holistic view of your enterprise and how to implement hi-tech and digitally-based manufacturing techniques into production processes. 

    Perform an audit to determine the ‘digital readiness’ of your SME, measure the value of any adjustments made to processes, and ensure all stakeholders embrace the digital journey. 

    Special project sprints will enable you to experiment with and learn new ideas in a safe digitalisation environment. 

  • West Midlands

    As a registrant on the Made Smarter programme we’d like to invite you to take part on this exclusive course, delivered completely free of charge by Coventry University.

    With up to 30 hours of prescriptive learning, you’ll be able to transform your business, enhance value creation, create efficiencies and engage your employees to deliver better results. With our Made Smarter leadership skills training, we’ll help you discover new and innovative ways of developing and managing your people.

    What you can expect from the course:

    1. Up to 12.5 hours of face-to-face training
    2. Up to 17.5 hours of self-learning
    3. Round table discussions
    4. Business resilience and sustainability
    5. Marketing
    6. Team engagement
    7. Productivity
    8. Style/visioning/purpose
    9. Change management
    10. Onboarding
    11. People
    12. Agile
    13. Other LEAN tools


    Register for the course up till the 25th January 2023 - there are only 20 places available, you’ll need to sign up fast to guarantee your place.

  • Yorkshire and the Humber

    The Y&H Adoption Leadership and Management programme is delivered through a blend of workshops, site visits to SME manufacturers who are already on the journey of adopting digital technology, facilitated-learning sessions, and special project sprints to test new ideas.

  • Other regions

    Made Smarter Leadership development is not currently available in your region, but there are a variety of other digital support programmes available across the UK. Please contact your local Business Growth Hub to see what else is available in your area.