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Made Smarter gets £8 million more

The government has announced an additional £8 million funding for SME manufacturers under what it is calling the Made Smarter Adoption programme.

The funding is limited to firms in the North-west, the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the West Midlands.  It is focused on adopting digital technology at up to 1,000 companies.

Additional funding follows the two-year, £25 million North-west Pilot project, announced in 2018.  Though welcome, the £8 million available, and regional restrictions, is much less than what many had hoped for, who have urged the government to move to a well-funded, national scheme for digital adoption and productivity improvement.