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Feel overwhelmed by the move to digitalisation? Concerned that it may cause issues amongst your workforce? You’re not alone.

Many leaders experience this when first adopting new technologies. That’s why we created the Made Smarter Leadership Programme*. It has been specifically designed for manufacturing leaders to guarantee seamless operational change and manage employee expectations.

Through the Made Smarter Leadership Programme, business owners will be able to become responsible leaders who can grow their organisation through technology.

You will get a greater sense of the relationship between digitalisation and responsible leadership. We enable you to develop a clear digital strategy and effectively put into practice all the knowledge you’ll receive from expert academics and business practitioners. You’ll work with peers to address and solve the challenges your business faces.

*Eligibility: Currently the leadership programme is only available to SME leaders in North West England.

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The fantastic thing about the Leadership Programme was that it forged an impressive bond of trust between the cohort early on, which meant I felt I could talk about the company and our challenges openly. I believe that during the crisis we stayed in touch more than I suspected we would, talking about the challenges and sharing ideas about how to navigate it.

Dan Smith, technical director of Twinfix
Handle digital transformation with ease
  • What does the programme cover?

    The programme will take you through:

    • Adopting a holistic view of your enterprise and implementing hi-tech and digitally-based manufacturing techniques into production processes.
    • Performing an audit to determine the ‘digital readiness’ of your SME, measure the value of any adjustments made to processes, and ensure all stakeholders embrace the digital journey.
    • Special project sprints to specifically experiment with and learn new ideas in a safe digitalisation environment.
  • Why join the programme?

    You’ll gain a sustainable competitive advantage, enabling your enterprise to compete effectively in the global marketplace. You’ll be able to:

    • Have some essential time out from working in your business, so you can take a strategic view and work on your business instead.
    • Boost your leadership proficiency, empowering you to drive your enterprise’s growth.
    • Develop the skills and infrastructure needed to create transformative change within your business.
    • Build a community of like-minded individuals where you can discover ideas for process improvements, as well as share different perspectives, experiences and opportunities.
    • Gain insights from those already well on their way to industrial digitalisation – you’ll visit their sites to see technology in action and learn from live experiences.
  • Who runs the programme?

    The Leadership Programme was developed and initially delivered by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), but universities across the country are now delivering their own cohorts.

  • How long does the programme last?

    The programme is delivered over the course of 8 months, for a total of 14 days.

  • How is the programme taught?

    A combination of teaching methods are used, including workshops, one-to-one meetings, forum discussions and site visits.

  • What will it cost?

    We’ve subsidised the programme fee by 50%. It will cost £2,500 per delegate. Options for phased payments are also available.

Learn how our programme goes beyond business benefits