Blogs - 29 February 2024

Made Smarter East Midlands: helping manufacturers to reach their Net Zero goals

If you’re a manufacturer who employs one or more staff and you are based in the D2N2 region (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire) or Leicestershire or Lincolnshire, Made Smarter East Midlands can help.  

Made Smarter East Midlands acknowledges the crucial role of digital technologies in driving the transition to Net Zero. The programme sees digitalisation as the backbone for a sustainable future, offering manufacturers a pathway to incorporate advanced and automated technologies. Through tools such as cloud and edge computing, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, big data, and robotics and automation, manufacturers can take meaningful steps to reduce their environmental footprint.

The Made Smarter East Midlands programme equips manufacturing SMEs with a comprehensive toolkit for their digital transformation journey. From creating a 3-5 year tailored digital roadmap, to offering fully-funded Industrial Digital Technology Advice (IDTA), the programme ensures businesses are ready to embrace the future. The fully-funded leadership development course, delivered by Loughborough University, supports digital leaders in creating strategic plans to guide colleagues and businesses through implementation and beyond.

Recognising common challenges such as a lack of knowledge, funds, and time, Made Smarter East Midlands tackles these issues head-on. The programme provides a robust support system, including digital road mapping, leadership development, and grant funding, to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies. The programme also supports sustainable change in the manufacturing landscape. By integrating digital transformation with sustainability goals, the programme guides manufacturers toward a Net Zero future.

Our Sector Engagement Manager, Lucie Andrews, said:

“I encourage local businesses to apply for the Made Smarter East Midlands support programme. In a world where every action counts, Made Smarter East Midlands assists manufacturers in embracing innovation, reducing environmental impact, and contributing to a sustainable, Net Zero economy.”


Start your Made Smarter journey today

Made Smarter East Midlands has helped hundreds of manufacturers to invest in new technology to support their decarbonisation. The programme can offer you tailored, expert advice and funding for the technology and skills that can help you to achieve your green credentials and power your growth.

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) covers the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire region, convening the businesses, universities, colleges and local authorities in our region to drive low carbon, economic growth and productivity, skills & careers, inclusion and delivery excellence. 


For media enquiries, contact: 

Nicola Swaney 

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP 

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