Case Study: Maunfacturing Made Smarter


  • The Made Smarter programme is supporting 1200 North West manufacturers to utilise and embed digital manufacturing technologies to address firm-level operational challenges  
  • It builds on the Greater Manchester and the wider region’s significant manufacturing business base and emerging strengths in digital manufacturing
  • The programme supports SMEs to develop technology roadmaps through access to technology experts, adoption grants, leadership development, digital technology interns, and workforce development advice
  • As a programme targeted at the North West region, it was able to draw on the existing strong manufacturing networks and business clusters to engage such a wide range of businesses to diffuse technologies at pace and scale, and boost productivity across the region
  • Following its success, Government has scaled up the Made Smarter programme to other regions across the UK