Made Smarter East Midlands beneficiaries open doors to showcase digital transformation success

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Manufacturers in the East Midlands region, who have embraced digitalisation though Made Smarter East Midlands, are sharing their remarkable achievements as part of National Manufacturing Day, a Make UK initiative, on the 28th September 2023.

These manufacturers have leveraged the program's grant support, expert guidance, and the dynamic leadership program to achieve significant growth and operational efficiencies.

Chris Owen, Made Smarter East Midlands Programme Director, underscores the program's impact: "Made Smarter East Midlands is facilitating a digital transformation within the region's manufacturing sector. Our beneficiaries have realised growth and innovation by embracing digital technologies, and they are eager to share their success stories."

Beneficiaries opening their doors include Viking Signs, Michael Smith Switchgear, Pentangle Engineering and more. For more information on the day and to see a full list of manufacturers opening their doors in your area visit

Made Smarter East Midlands, a programme designed for manufacturing SMEs, has been instrumental in fostering digital transformation within the region. Beneficiaries have effectively tapped into the program's comprehensive suite of support, including digital road mapping, fully funded Industrial Digital Technology Advice (IDTA), leadership development, and grant funding for CAPEX and revenue projects. The leadership development program, delivered by Loughborough University, equips leaders with the tools and strategies needed to lead digital transformation effectively.

Up to 50% match funding is available for equipment and specialist advice to implement digital projects. Additionally, manufacturers can access expertise in various areas, including additive manufacturing, AR & VR, big data & analytics, cognitive computing & AI, data & systems integration, industrial cybersecurity, internet of things, and more.

Manufacturing SMEs in the East Midlands are encouraged to express their interest in the Made Smarter programme to propel their business into a future of growth, innovation, and digital excellence