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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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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. 

Made Smarter adoption in the North West
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.

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.

Case Studies - Our impact as told by our clients
Case Study - Door and Window Systems (DAWS)
A door and window manufacturer is forecasting significant growth

A door and window manufacturer is forecasting significant growth after investing in software and systems integration tools

Case Study - Door and Window Systems (DAWS)
Case Study - Mackinnon and Saunders
A model for digital adoption

Over the last three decades Mackinnon and Saunders have brought to life some of children’s most beloved TV characters including Bob the Builder, Postman Pat and the new Clangers.

Case Study - Mackinnon and Saunders
Case Study - Bury Black Pudding Company
Savouring the opportunities of digitalisation

A food producer, supported by Made Smarter, has taken its first steps towards its ambition to create the world’s first smart black pudding factory.

Case Study - Bury Black Pudding Company
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