Leadership Development Programme

New technologies are already changing the face of manufacturing. Technologies such as robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and additive manufacturing are improving processes and driving efficiency and output.

We are aware that the movement towards automated, artificially intelligent, interconnected technologies can seem intimidating and fears around managing both operational control as well employee wellbeing are heightened. We’ve got you covered.

Developed and delivered by Lancaster University Management School, this 10-month programme is designed for business leaders of manufacturing SMEs wanting to improve their productivity and adopt new ways of working by embracing new technologies. It is also designed with operational change and employee expectations in mind. What’s more Made Smarter have subsidised the programme cost, so if you’re business is ready to take it’s next evolutionary steps then apply to join the Leadership Development Programme.


The programme begins with a two-day induction, which sets the context and starts to build trust amongst the group as a foundation for working together. You will start to explore the potential value of IDTs for your individual business purpose.

Over the 10 months, there will be a series of workshops to develop your leadership skills delivered by academics and business practioners.

In addition to the workshops, you will visit smart businesses to see technology in action and learn from lived experiences.


  • Take a strategic view of your business to plan for a sustainable future in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

  • Increase your leadership capability to enable you to drive forward your business through this transformational time.

  • Develop the skills and infrastructure your business needs to implement change.

  • Become part of a network of likeminded business leaders to share ideas, experiences and expertise.

  • Gain access to additional support through Made Smarter such as equipment funding, advisory support and student placements.


For more information or to apply for your place on this pioneering programme, please register online or alternatively:

E: madesmarter@lancaster.ac.uk T: 01524 593 881