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Digital solutions and emerging technologies are transforming industry, helping manufacturers to become more efficient, more productive and more competitive. You can make an everyday difference to your business with a new range of digital tools.

Made Smarter Adoption North East is here to help SME manufacturers with fully-funded advice and support – connecting you to digital tools, innovations and skills that can transform the way you work.

How can your business benefit?

Join Made Smarter Adoption North East and you’ll benefit from fully-funded advice from specialist technology experts. They’ll help you identify the right digital tools to make everyday improvements to your business and support your staff to implement the new technology within your business.

  • Get to market faster
  • Cut costs
  • Reduce downtime
 The three-stage process includes:
  1. An initial one-to-one digital health check, helping you identify where improvements can be made in your business using digital technology.
  2. Intensive workshops looking at the solutions available and how the technology works in practice.
  3. Access a grant up to £3,500 to help you access support from an industrial digital technologies (IDT) specialist to scope and move towards the implementation phase.

You’ll also be given support in identifying possible grant funding to help with the purchase of new technology and equipment.

Participants in Made Smarter Adoption North East also benefit from:
  • Digital upskilling through the Made Smarter Adoption North East leadership training programme, which is delivered by North East universities.
  • Fully-funded Digital Technology Internships for students and graduates, so you can create digital interns to help integrate the new technology into your business.

Further skills development support can also be accessed through our fully-funded Skills for Growth programme, which helps SMEs in the Tees Valley identify any skills gaps within the business and access the employee training needed to grow.

Who can access support?

Made Smarter Adoption North East is fully-funded if you are:

  • An SME* within the manufacturing sector.
  • Based in the Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees).

Businesses outside of the Tees Valley can access support via our programme partners, North East LEP, via the same registration process below.

* To qualify as an SME, the company should satisfy two or more of the following requirements: not more than 250 employees, not more than £36 million turnover or not more that £18 million balance sheet total. (As defined by sections 382 and 465 of the Companies Act 2006).

About the Support

Made Smarter Adoption North East is backed by world-renowned businesses and the UK government. It aims to drive growth amongst the region’s manufacturing businesses and advance the UK economy by improving the development and adoption of emerging technologies. The North East Growth Hub and Tees Valley Business are working with Made Smarter to deliver Made Smarter North East LEP and Tees Valley Combined Authority areas. You can find out more about the wider Made Smarter offer here.



Register your interest

If you would like to join Made Smarter, or simply want to find out more, please complete the form and data and marketing consent sections below to join our database.


    I want to hear from Tees Valley Business about business support available through the Made Smarter Adoption North East.


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