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The Made Smarter adoption programme was first piloted in the North West delivering advice and assistance and has since supported over 1300 manufacturers. 

The programme is designed to assist local manufacturing SMEs to understand and overcome operational challenges through digital technologies. Made Smarter is designed to lead manufacturing into the future. Discover how Made Smarter can help your North West manufacturing.

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Made Smarter adoption in the North West
  • Who is delivering the Made Smarter adoption programme in the North West?

    The Made Smarter Adoption: North West programme is delivered by the Growth Company in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Boost, the Business Growth Hub, Cumbria LEP and Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub and the Growth Platform. 

  • Localised advice and support
    • Made Smarter Digital Transformation Specialists will assess each business that registers with the programme to ensure they are given the specialist support they need.
    • We will then help local SMEs to develop an action plan for adopting digital technology in their own detailed roadmap, which could involve participating in a leadership development programme, being offered a digital internship placement, or receiving a match funded grant.
  • Localised digital transformation workshops
    • We aim to connect ‘makers’ to the digital tools they can utilise to transform the way they work. The programme will grow eligible businesses through emerging digital technology and help them to cut costs, go to market faster and reduce downtime.
    • A detailed diagnostic and assessment process will help firms to develop a strategic action plan towards IDT adoption. This includes investment recommendations within the business case.
  • Localised leadership development
    • 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. 
  • Localised funding support
    • Up to 50% match funding (Maximum of £20,000) is available for equipment and/or specialist advice to implement projects
    • Guidance on creating an effective digital roadmap to ensure the technology is taking your business in the right direction.
  • Localised internship support
    • Fully-funded internships are available to support your manufacturing business implement new technology hardware or software.
    • Interns will be paid £5,750 across 460-hours (12 weeks) and are given the chance to use the skills and knowledge gained at university. Plus, the placements are tailored to align with their own career interests and needs.