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Made Smarter

Helping manufacturers use digital technology to boost competitiveness, efficiency and bottom line.

Backed by some of the world’s biggest business, Made Smarter is a government initiative to support and enable manufacturers across the North West to drive growth and productivity through the adoption of industrial digitalisation technologies (IDT).

Knowing what, when, where and how to apply new technologies can be challenging, with a wide variety of technologies all with specific applications for delivering certain solutions.

Made Smarter offers the advice, insight and guidance to simplify this process so you can concentrate on what matters most, running your business.

How can Made Smarter enable manufacturing growth?

Our business advisers and specialist technology experts will help you to understand which technology is right for you and how best to implement it to drive your growth.

Increasing the use of cutting-edge technology will raise productivity and international competitiveness of UK businesses, create new, higher skilled & higher paying jobs within society, and increase the resource efficiency of the UK’s industrial base. This is estimated to result in a £455 billion boost to the UK’s economy, the creation of 175,000 jobs and a reduction of 4.5% in emissions.

Whether it’s automation, robotics, sensor technology, IOT, 3D Printing, AI and VR, Made Smarter will help you understand how these can be applied to your business through specialist, impartial advice, access to leadership training and student placements. What’s more, when you’ve selected the best application for your business, you could be eligible for up to 50% match funding to help support implementation. Register your business for a free assessment at

What’s on offer?

The Made Smarter programme offers:

  • Fully funded assessments to enable SME’s to understand the benefits new technology can offer their business throughout their production process.
  • Match funded grants for SME’s to invest in technology, skills, software or student placements
  • Leadership development training & technical student placements to ready your workforce for a digital future.

Who is it aimed at?

If you’re a small or medium sized manufacturing or engineering business in the North West with the potential to adopt industrial digital technologies, and the ambition for growth, then you are an eligible company for Made Smarter support.

Register your business for a fully-funded audit of your operations. If you are a Digital Technology provider and want to work on projects with SME manufacturers Made Smarter support, then register to join the supplier directory.

Find out more

Sign up for more information at and an adviser will be in touch to arrange your assessment or email