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Does your business have the skills it needs for digital transformation? 

  • Do you know what digital tools are available and accessible for your manufacturing business? 
  • Do you understand the opportunities that digital technology has for your business and how these tools can help? 
  • Do you struggle to motivate your people to adopt digital technology tools? 

This funded programme will enable you to become a digitally informed, empowered leader and know how to prepare and lead your business to make the most of opportunities that digital transformation can offer.
The leading digital transformation programme is designed to get managers and senior leaders in the industry prepared to lead their manufacturing businesses to make the most of the opportunities that digital transformation can offer.


The next course starts on 30th March 2023.

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About the Programme 

This funded programme focuses on strategy and how to identify critical priorities for taking your business forward, as well as highlighting where digital tools can help.  

It has been designed to be flexible for manufacturing leaders to fit around your busy schedules.   After the induction day the time commitment is 3 hours a week. 

With a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions, this blended programme will support Northwest UK SME manufacturers to build a strategy with the confidence to incorporate digital transformation into future vision and growth plans.   

Participants will leave this programme with a set of practical tools, relevant case studies, and the first draft of their strategy for digital transformation.   

You will be part of a peer network group where you can share your challenges and achievements within a facilitated action learning forum. 

Leading Digital Transformation Programme explained
  • What will I gain?
    • Become a digitally informed, empowered leader 
    • Gain real perspectives from your team about their readiness for digital transformation 
    • Use tools to help you to identify the right digital opportunities for your business   
    • Learn how to prepare and help your business make the most of the opportunities that digital transformation offers. 
    • See technology in action through case studies from other businesses 
    • Gain actionable insights and avoid pitfalls by learning from SME leaders who’ve adopted technology   
    • Join a community of like-minded individuals where you can share challenges and opportunities  
    • Learn how to engage and inspire employees and build digital champions within your business  
    • Access opportunities for technology adoption funding.   
  • What does the programme cover?
    • Business Diagnostic Survey (all staff) online survey tool to understand opportunity and readiness for implementation of new technology within the business and a 121 session to share the results of the survey with you.


    • Reviewing your strategic objectives. Getting to know each other and building cohort trust, Business SWOT, PESTLE analysis, and setting initial priorities. 


    • Peer Learning Forums. Action Learning Forums - facilitated peer learning groups to help drive action within the programme. There are four sessions in the programme 


    • Leading Change. Introduction to the concept of managing change within an organisation and the impact of change to staff within the business.  


    • Opportunity Mapping. Introduction to process mapping and how to identify opportunity for change in your key processes 


    • Case studies from other businesses that have adopted digital technologies 


    • Managing Change and Measuring Value. Introduction to project management tools including SPRINTS and outlining success factors of cost, quality, time and impact using project scoping  


    • Visit to Print City and showcase of other case studies where using these technologies have had an impact on carbon footprints 


    • Engaging Stakeholders. Who can help and who can hinder? Explore internal and external resources to support your projects. 


    • Making it Happen. How to effectively manage implementation by establishing project management tools for governance and decision-making (Project Forum) 


    • Showcase. Each delegate will present their project goals and showcase 1 initiative with their peers in an environment to help deliver success by encouraging challenge 
  • How is the programme delivered?
    • Delivered across 14 weeks through a blend of face-to-face workshops, online webinars and case studies from SME manufacturers who are already on the journey of adopting digital technology 
    • You will also join a community of like-minded individuals in sessions where you learn together and help each other test new ideas 
    • Time commitment is 3 hours a week after the induction day  (Total of 32 learning hours)
    • The online sessions will be recorded
    Event Date Session Type Timing 
    Programme Introduction

    Thu 30th March
    Thu 6th April

    Online - Webinar 10.00 – 11.00
    Business Diagnostic Survey 30th March – 12th April N/A N/A
    Diagnostic Report 121 12th – 19th April Online - Meeting 1-Hour TBC
    Reviewing Your Strategic Objectives Thu 20th April Face-to-Face Workshop 10.00 – 16.00
    Peer Learning Forum 1 Tue 25th April Online - Meeting TBC
    Leading Change Thu 27th April Online – Webinar 09.30 – 11.00
    Opportunity Mapping Thu 4th May Face-to-Face Workshop 10.00 – 13.00
    Peer Learning Forum 2 Tue 9th May Online – Meeting TBC
    Case Studies 1 Thu 11th May Online – Meeting 09.30 – 11.00
    Managing Change and Measuring Value Thu 18th May Face-to-Face Workshop 10.00 – 13.00
    Print City Visit and Case Studies 2 Thu 25th May Face-to-Face Event 10.00 – 13.00
    Peer Learning Forum 3 Tue 30th May Online – Meeting TBC
    Engaging Stakeholders Thu 8th June Face-to-Face Workshop 10.00 – 13.00
    Making it Happen Thu 15th June Online - Meeting 09.30 – 11.00
    Peer Learning Forum 4 Tue 20th June Online – Meeting TBC
    Showcase Thu 29th June Face-to-Face Event 10.00 – 13.00
  • Eligibility

    This funded programme is for you if you are a senior leader of a North West based, SME* manufacturing business.     

    *An SME is any organisation that has fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than €50 million or a balance sheet total of less than €43 million 

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