Unique opportunity for Cornwall manufacturers to grow their business through digital adoption


Oxford Innovation Advice are delighted to announce that they have successfully contracted with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme to deliver a unique business support programme for manufacturing SMEs with funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

Digitisation for Manufacturers (D4M) will not only advance the business management capabilities across Cornwall’s manufacturing industry, but beneficiary businesses will receive support that will enhance their manufacturing processes, drive cost of production improvements and build skills.

Aimed at cultivating operational productivity and accelerating growth, the Digitisation for Manufacturers programme will support 66 SMEs through a comprehensive suite of digital adoption solutions and guidance from a team of dedicated, local specialists.

This unique programme offers mix of high-quality diagnostics, alongside digital application design, implementation and impact evaluation, all planned to help businesses understand how digital adoption is a key component in boosting productivity and enhancing profit margins  whilst acting as a pathway to greater use of digital monitoring systems within manufacturing environments.

Jane Galsworthy, Managing Director of Oxford Innovation Advice comments, “A key aim of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund is to realise the potential of businesses in regions, to make the economy more resilient, more equal and more prosperous.  That is exactly what the Digitisation for Manufacturers programme offers. Working with manufacturing businesses to seize the opportunities offered by digital technologies, enhance long term productivity, resilience and competitiveness.”

Specialist advice, delivered by Oxford Innovation Advice on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub, will help beneficiary businesses to improve their systems and processes, driving improvements in performance and management skills and providing employees with hands-on digital skills and confidence.

Working in partnership with the University of Cambridge and their Institute for Manufacturing, the D4M programme will deploy the groundbreaking “Shoestring” methodology to employ low cost, off-the-shelf components to design and install customised applications to drive efficiencies.

Professor Duncan McFarlane, founder of the Shoestring project commented, “We are delighted to further develop our regional model by collaborating with Oxford Innovation Advice to deliver local Shoestring support in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly. We look forward to working with the team to build their regional know-how and learn how best we can support local activity via a great partner.”

Alongside the expert advice and specialist support, the D4M programme will deploy Oxford Innovation Advice’s market leading GROWTHmapper diagnostic tool to establish the level of digital readiness within SMEs. The resultant needs-analysis will shape a customised programme of 1:1 and peer group support.

This approach that combines market leading business diagnostics, face to face, group and high-tech resources adds value to the client experience. It ensures that, in addition to improving efficiency, beneficiary businesses will enhance their digital know-how and build management skills, providing the foundation for long-term growth and competitiveness.

Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy, said: “The Good Growth Programme opens the door for all businesses with the ambition and capacity to grow, offering them the opportunity to access tailored support.

This comprehensive program goes beyond traditional offerings, providing scalable solutions specifically designed to suit manufacturing businesses of all sizes. Cornwall Council believes in empowering growth and innovation, and the business support funded by The Good Growth Programme reflects our commitment to supporting businesses on their journey to success.”

Manufacturers interested in leveraging the benefits of digital technology and specialist advice can find out more and sign up here: D4M Cornwall


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