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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? 

Digital transformation and being relevant in an ever-changing digital world are the most significant challenges facing businesses today. Made Smarter’s Leading Digital Transformation programme brings like-minded business leaders together and provides the tools, ideas, and leadership skills necessary to make the most of opportunities that digital transformation can offer.

This funded programme, with a mixture of online and face to face sessions, has been developed for Senior Leaders and Managers and is designed to fit with the demands of a busy SME.

Next Cohort: 4th September 2024

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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. 
    • Develop a digital strategy to help you to identify the priority right digital opportunities for your business.   
    • Learn how to prepare and help your business to 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 from SME leaders who have adopted technology.   
    • Join a community of like-minded individuals where you can share challenges and opportunities.  
    • Learn how to engage and inspire employees and develop digital champions within your business.  
    • Access opportunities for digital 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 Session Type Date Timings
    Programme Introduction

    Online - Webinar

    Online - Webinar

    4th September 2024

    or 10th September 2024

    10:00 - 11:00

    10:00 - 11:00

    Business Diagnostic Survey TBC N/A N/A
    Diagnostic Report 121 Online – Meeting TBC 1 hour TBC
    Reviewing Your Strategic Objectives Face-to-Face Workshop 25th September 2024 10:00 -16:00
    Leading Change Online - Webinar 2nd October 2024 14:30 - 16:00
    Peer Learning Forum 1 Online – Meeting 9th October 2024 TBC
    Opportunity Mapping Face-to-Face Workshop 16th October 2024 09:30 - 12:30
    Print City Visit and Case studies Face-to-Face Event 23rd October 2024 10:00 - 13:00
    Managing Change & Measuring Value Face-to-Face Workshop

    30th October 2024

    09:30 - 12:30
    Peer Learning Forum 2 Online - Meeting 6th November 2024 TBC
    Case studies Online - Meeting 13th November 2024 09:30 - 11:00
    Engaging Stakeholders Face-to-Face Workshop 20th November 2024 09:30 - 12:30
    Peer Learning Forum 3 Online - Meeting 27th November 2024 TBC
    Making it Happen Online - Webinar 4th December 2024 09:30 - 11:00
    Peer Learning Forum 4 Online - Meeting 11th December 2024 TBC
    Showcase Face-to-Face Event 15th January 2025 09:30 - 12:30


  • 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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