Liverpool City Region makers are certainly savvy. Many had already tapped into other business support for digitalisation, and were developing a more holistic view when Made Smarter’s North West pilot was launched – and these were the first to get in touch with us. Word of mouth then led to a movement across the region, while these early adopters saw the benefit of getting ahead of their competitors.
Manufacturers that initially engage with Made Smarter for grant funding are frequently amazed by the wider advantages that our programme offers. They use our support for the likes of skills, culture, leadership and strategy. Being early adopters has meant they’ve had a head start and many are now benefitting from second or even third projects.
I’ve found that the precision engineering sector has relied on our support especially, although we’ve helped a vast range of industries – from furniture makers to food and drink manufacturers. More have contacted us during the pandemic as they look to boost their resilience, and I would urge any who haven’t to do so now in order to aid their 2021 recovery.