LCR manufacturers to enrol in new Made Smarter programme

Fri, June 7th, 2019

North West pioneers across a range of sectors set to benefit from pilot...

North West pioneers across a range of sectors set to benefit from pilot ’Industry 4.0’ initiative.

Four pioneering companies in Liverpool City Region and one in Widnes are among the first in the country to benefit from a government-backed programme designed to boost UK manufacturing productivity and growth.

Abbey Group, based in Knowsley, Fusion Implants, based in Liverpool, Applied Nutrition, based in Knowsley, The Nursery Kitchen in Birkenhead and DT Engineering North West Limited in Widnes, are aiming to transform their businesses by adopting new digital technologies through the £20M Made Smarter Programme.

They are among a cohort of nine North West companies who have successfully applied for Made Smarter matched-funding, allowing them to explore and adopt leading-edge advanced manufacturing methods such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 3D-printing and robotics.

About Made Smarter North West
• The Made Smarter North West Pilot is a £20 million investment between government and industry
• It includes match funding opportunities and the provision of dedicated technical and business support for SMEs
• It will identify the most effective ways to engage manufacturers in the North West and encourage them to adopt industrial digital technology through high quality, fully-funded advice and support services
• Through engagement with over 3,000 manufacturing SMEs, it aims to increase regional GVA by up to £115m
• Up to 600 North West firms will also qualify for more intense support, including potential grant funding
• It will be delivered through the region’s five Local Enterprise Partnerships and their network of Growth Hubs
• It is a generational opportunity for North West Manufacturing to anchor and advance high value manufacturing in the UK
• It is public-private partnership between government and industry, overseen by the Made Smarter Commission, a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the private sector.
• Co-Chaired by Business Secretary Greg Clark, and CEO of Siemens Juergen Maier, the Commission includes representatives from 17 leading UK manufacturers, technology companies and business representative bodies.
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For more information on “Made Smarter” contact

Spotlight Western France region

Well connected to the United-Kingdom with the 1st French port on the Atlantic coast and a growing international airport linking Nantes (the 6th largest city in France) to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Southampton, Atlantic France & Loire Valley is a vibrant and business-friendly region, open to international businesses and people !

Thanks to a diversified economy, Atlantic France enjoys the lowest unemployment rate among the 13 French regions and is ranked #2 for the industrial activities. Such a performance is built on 3 main assets :

1. A growing economic activity driven by major groups
Atlantic France hosts the Airbus’ 2nd French hub, the 1st shipbuilding yard in France and leading-edge companies in mobility, industrial electronics, composites, automation, digital and food. Both OEMs and their suppliers are open to cooperation with new technology and service providers bringing specific expertise to their activities.

2. A land of innovation
Businesses in Atlantic France collaborate within 10 innovation and business clusters - in a cross-sectoral approach - to enable the emergence of the next solutions and expertise in advanced manufacturing, composites, robotics, IoT, mobility, marine, food, plants, etc. Startups and fast-growing SMEs will also find acceleration platforms and a dedicated network to meet their future financial partners.

3. A young & high-skilled talent pool.
With 4 major universities, 38 higher-education establishments, 14.800 R&D researchers and 32.000 apprentices, Atlantic France boasts a diversified range of high-level educational and training programs. The University of Nantes, Centrale Nantes (ranked #5 out of 130 French engineering schools) and IMT Atlantique (ranked #18) have strong research and business blonds with blue chip companies such as Airbus, Safran, Thalès, Renault, PSA and Daher.

That is why Atlantic France is a historic place for industry leaders in aerospace, shipbuilding, renewable energy, food and mobility. This favourable business environment has led several British businesses such as GKN Driveline or MEGGIT Aerospace to make Atlantic France the home for their French and European operations. In total, 70 French subsidiaries of 50 British groups already employ 3.700 people across the region.

The Economic Development Agency in this region of France, Business Solutions Atlantic France can help British businesses to find potential partners in the Atlantic France & Loire Valley

If you need any further information please contact

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