Midlands-based engineering and manufacturing firms can register for government-funded support to adopt digital technology, under the Made Smarter banner.
The scheme provides for an initial assessment and has provision for:
- specialist advice on getting the right digital tools for your business;
- 50% match funding towards digital projects, including acquisition of digital tools, using them effectively, and planning digital development;
- leadership training for senior executives; and
- a digital internship programme.
The scheme is for West Midlands-based firms that have fewer than 250 employees, less than Euro50 million annual turnover and a balance sheet total not exceeding Euro43 million. West Midlands is defined as Coventry and Warwickshire, Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Shropshire and Hereford, Stoke and Staffordshire, the Black Country and Worcestershire.
Made Smarter is the government-funded scheme to encourage the use of digital technology in manufacturing and has mostly been active in the North-west, where a pilot has run for more than two years. Schemes similar to that in the Midlands are also being developed in the North-east and Yorkshire & Humber. Funding was originally announced in February: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/8-million-government-boost-for-manufacturers-across-england-to-go-digital
The Engineering and Machinery Alliance has urged the government to bring forward a bolder, national scheme.
Members who are eligible and believe they might benefit are urged to register here: madesmarter.uk This is a general Made Smarter registration but will identify eligible firms in the West Midlands.
We would also welcome confidential feedback in due course as to the value of the scheme to your business.