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Made Smarter has launched a £3 million digital adoption push to drive growth in East Midlands manufacturing SMEs and help them boost productivity.

Made Smarter East Midlands Digital experts will provide advice and support to manufacturing businesses on how to switch to advanced and automated technologies. The programme provides digital transformation road mapping, leadership development, grant funding and access to industrial digital technology expertise to help with implementation until 31st March 2025.

The East Midlands Made Smarter Programme is delivered through a collaboration between Greater Lincolnshire, D2N2 and Leicester & Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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Made Smarter adoption in the East Midlands
  • Who is delivering the Made Smarter adoption programme in the East Midlands

    Greater Lincolnshire LEP (GLLEP) are leading the East Midlands Made Smarter adoption programme, in collaboration and partnership with the East Midlands Growth Hubs namely Business Lincolnshire, D2N2 (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire) and Business Gateway (Leicestershire).

  • Localised advice and support

    Our Digital Transformation Specialists engage with each eligible business to understand how Made Smarter can support their digitalisation journey. Made Smarter East Midlands offers the following support to the region’s Manufacturing SMEs

    • Digital Road Mapping – Creating a 3-5 year digitalisation journey for your business and an initial implementation plan detailing immediate next steps to get you on your digitalisation journey.
    • Access to fully funded Industrial Digital Technology Advice (IDTA) intensive support
    • Building leadership skills to equip leaders in “Leading Digital Transformation” for their business
    • Grant funding to support CAPEX and revenue projects

    Made Smarter East Midlands offers the following support to the region’s Mirco Manufacturing Businesses (those with 9 or less staff)

    • Digital Road Mapping – A lighter touch road map is available to Micro businesses, which will set out a Digital Implementation Plan.
    • Access to 10 hours of fully funded Industrial Digital Technology Advice (IDTA)
    • Grant funding to support CAPEX and revenue projects.
  • Localised leadership development in “Leading Digital Transformation”

    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

    Please note: our Leading Digital Transformation Programme is only available to SME Manufacturers (those with 10 – 249 employees.)

  • Localised funding Support

    Up to 50% match funding (Maximum of £20,000 per company) is available for equipment and/or specialist advice to implement projects.

    • Access to Industrial Digital Technology expertise in the following areas.
      • Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)
      • AR & VR
      • Big Data & Analytics
      • Cognitive Computing & AI (machine learning)
      • Data & Systems Integration
      • Industrial Cyber Security
      • Internet of Things/ CPS (sensors, Barcode, QRCode, RFID, NFC, bluetooth etc)
      • Mobile Devices & Wearables

    Please note: This is available for both Micro businesses and SMEs.