Joining the Made Smarter programme gives SMEs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire the opportunity to upgrade their systems and become more productive, which is really important for their future.
There are 50 per cent of match-funded grants available of up to £20,000 to invest in digital technology - whether that’s for hardware, software or whatever they would like to introduce to their business practices.
There is also an opportunity to take on an intern free of charge for 12 weeks or join a leadership training course – another aspect I’ve picked up from talking to businesses is that employees are often promoted to a manager’s role but they haven’t had any training, so this is really beneficial.
There are quite a few different aspects to Made Smarter including eight days’ of support for each business from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) or WMG, at the University of Warwick, who will visit each SME to really get under the skin of each business before writing a detailed diagnostic report.
During the visit, some companies may know which areas they would like to improve digitally and others may not, but that is not a problem – the MTC or WMG will provide advice on where they think SMEs can be improved whether it is software or AI.
Once the roadmap has been read, then I will discuss the next steps with the business and help with applying for grant funding if that is required.
This is a great opportunity to really future-proof your business in an increasingly digital world. At Made Smarter, we are here to help, so please get in touch.