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Introducing the new Made Smarter Leadership programme

Made Smarter Leadership – a 10 month development programme for leaders in North West manufacturing SMEs.

This pioneering 10 month programme is designed for business leaders of manufacturing SMEs wanting to improve their competitiveness and adopt new ways of working by embracing new technologies.

It has been designed to help support SME leaders to develop their knowledge and strategy around the adoption of digital technologies into their business. It will address ‘real’ challenges/projects faced by the participants and provide participants with tangible and practical outcomes they can take back to the business. If SME leaders are feeling overwhelmed by digital technology, then this is the perfect place for them to start the journey.

Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs) are already changing the face of manufacturing. Technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and additive manufacturing are improving
processes and driving efficiency and output. Evidence shows that productivity can be improved by more than 25% by 20251 in the UK.

Strong leadership skills are essential to drive this change. Businesses like yours will need to be innovative, agile and adaptable to implement and benefit from the adoption of IDTs.

Developed and delivered by Lancaster University Management School, the Made Smarter Leadership programme will equip business leaders with a clear vision and a systematic approach to pursue smarter manufacturing.

The programme brings together a network of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with one common aim: to improve competitiveness. The programme is part of the government backed ‘Made Smarter’
initiative designed to boost UK manufacturing productivity and growth.

It begins with a two day induction, which sets the context and starts to build trust amongst the group as a foundation for working together. You will start to explore the potential value of IDTs
for your business. Over the 10 months, there will be a series of workshops to develop your leadership skills delivered by academics and business practitioners.

In addition to the workshops, you will visit smart businesses to see technology in action and learn from lived experiences. You will also have the opportunity to create ‘mini sprints’
which will help you to test ideas out in the workplace.

For more information or to apply for your place on this pioneering programme, please contact or call 01524 593881 or visit

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