Made Smarter Programme to Benefit Food Manufacturers

The Made Smarter programme has succeeded in helping 2,500 manufacturers adopt new digital technologies and skills to fuel growth and create jobs. With £6.1 million in funding secured, the program will be able to run for an additional three years.

Made Smarter’s adoption programme has aided small and medium-sized businesses in the North West by offering them with specialised assistance and a digital roadmap to help them choose the right strategy, level of investment, and technologies for their operations.

More than 250 firms, including several in the food and beverage industry, have invested in new technology to be more efficient, enhance resilience, boost productivity, and become more sustainable. Their investments range from software and sensors to robotics and extended reality.

Businesses such as: Chocolatiers Friars in Keswick; Nutree Life, a producer of vegan and gluten-free protein bars based in Burscough; and Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses in Preston are among them.

According to Made Smarter, this project will result in the creation of 1,250 new employment opportunities, upskilling 2,300 existing jobs and generating a £176m increase in regional gross value added.

A national roll-out of the Made Smarter adoption program has also occurred, with the West of England and East Midlands now included. The North East, Yorkshire and Humber, and West Midlands regions are among those that joined previously.


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