What is the Made Smarter North West pilot?
It can be daunting to consider overhauling your business’ technology and processes, but to grow, stay ahead of your competitors, and meet the increasing demands of modern customers, it’s essential to be as efficient as possible.
We can help you understand which new industrial technology application is right for your operations and help you to develop a strategy for implementation that fits in with your core business needs.
The newly-launched Made Smarter programme is designed to support manufacturers, engineers, makers and creators with facilities or operations in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region to grow through adoption of new technologies.
Whether your business has started the journey to digital transformation, or it simply wants the impartial advice on how digital technology could help then it’s time to register with Made Smarter.
What can the Made Smarter pilot offer North West business?
Fully-funded specialist advice to assess your current operations and develop your digitalisation strategy
Up to 50% grant funding to implement new technology, software and hardware into your manufacturing
Access to a UK-wide Industry 4.0 technology supplier directory
Access to a subsidised Leadership Development programme, designed specifically to support the programme
Access to student placements to help you understand how to implement the technology.
What can Made Smarter project funding support?
The programme supports industry 4.0 technologies and tools that are digitally connected with one another to create and share information. The procurement of like for like hardware replacement, laser cutters, consultancy, repair and maintenance fees are exempt.
There is no ceiling on the size of eligible projects however, larger projects may be subject to a decrease in grant percentage terms.
Who can the Made Smarter pilot support?
The Made Smarter pilot programme can support North West Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) who make, manufacture or engineer across Cheshire & Warrington, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Liverpool City Region.
To be classified as an SME, eligible businesses must have less than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £44m or a balance sheet total of less than £38.5m.
What does Made Smarter offer?
Fully-funded specialist advice
Our team will assess your existing processes and identify where operational gains could be achieved
Grants for Industry 4.0 projects
Our tailored support includes up to 50% matched grant funding for project implementation