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The use of 3D scanning in the design of leisure vehicle elevated rooves to managing high speed data transfer in the manufacture of membership cards to improved 3D printing of medical footwear insoles.

These are just some of applications of Digital Technology that the Made Smarter programme has helped to fund for manufacturing businesses across Cheshire. Since I started in the role of Made Smarter Business Adviser last year, it would be fair to say that the sheer diversity of manufacturing and engineering businesses in the county has been eye opening and the ambition to transform and grow, impressive and inspiring.

Register now to find out how technology can change your manufacturing

Once your solution has been identified, there is the potential to access grant funding of up to 50% of the overall cost which means that your investment decisions can be brought forward, and new products and services launched much earlier than anticipated. It's a really great opportunity.

Ian Marshall, Business Adviser - Cheshire & Warrington
Opportunities for Cheshire makers
  • Rich diversity across Cheshire

    Many business owners are aware that there is potential to improve the way they produce things by adopting new technologies however the barrier to adopting them can often come down to making an informed choice. The independent and impartial advice from specialist advisers in the Made Smarter team is designed to help guide business owners to the right solution and is fully funded as part of the programme.

    The diversity of manufacturing business across Cheshire is largely a reflection of its geography, moving rapidly from industrial to rural environments, each with their own demands and supply chain needs. During its 2 years until 2021, the Made Smarter programme aims to reach many more manufacturing and engineering business to talk about the support that is available to them.

    To help businesses on their digital journeys the Made Smarter programme also offers the opportunity to join its dedicated Leadership Programme – an 8-month programme designed to help businesses to plan for a sustainable future by adopting the most appropriate technologies and develop their teams through education.

    Cheshire companies already benefitting from the Leadership Programme include Technoprint Cheshire based in Winsford and Abbey England based in Knutsford.

  • The wider support on offer

    There is also the option of gaining further support through fully funded Digital Internship Placements which are designed to enable manufacturers, engineers and makers adopt new technologies whilst working alongside them on site.

    In the North West of England, we are fortunate to be trailblazing this pioneering 2 year Pilot Programme so if you haven’t already done so, please register your interest to learn more and I’ll be happy to arrange a visit.

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