What is the Made Smarter North West pilot?

Made Smarter is a programme backed by world-renowned businesses and the UK government. We aim to connect makers like you to the digital tools that will transform the way you work.


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.

The newly-launched Made Smarter pilot enables makers 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.

The North West has been chosen as the first to benefit from Made Smarter, given the region’s strong reputation in both manufacturing and innovation.
— Donna Edwards, Programme director, Made Smarter Pilot

How can I benefit?

Join Made Smarter and you’ll benefit from fully-funded advice from specialist technology experts. We’ll help you identify the right digital tools and use them to make everyday improvements to your business. Up to 50% match funding is available, as well as guidance on creating an effective digital roadmap to ensure the right technology is taking your business in the right direction.

In addition, you can advance your own skills with our leadership training programme. Developed with Lancaster University Management school, it’s designed to enhance your leadership capabilities and make your transition to digital technology easier.

You even have the opportunity to bring onboard digital-native talent with a funded student placement.

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

Identify Leadership & Skills

Our leadership development programme and access to technical student placements can drive your growth


Register for a free assessment

Register to find out how Made Smarter can support your business


Live data, bespoke reports, client visibility, supply chain integration, it’s all here now. All our bottlenecks to growth are gone. It’s brilliant.
— Chris Jones, Abbey Group
Investing in technology has kept Crystal Doors in step with much larger competitors and helps to ensure customers receive ever improved quality and value.
— Richard Hagan, Crystal Doors