Oldham outfit celebrated at inaugural Made Smarter Adoption Awards

Date published: 05 June 2024

A manufacturer in Oldham pursuing digital transformation has been celebrated at the inaugural Made Smarter Adoption Awards.

The Made Smarter Adoption Awards champion manufacturing and engineering companies who have committed to adopting technology and skills to digitalise, decarbonise and drive growth.

The programme is led by Made Smarter, the national movement accelerating technology and skills adoption.

At the North West regional awards, Liversidge (Windows and Double Glazing), based in Oldham, narrowly missed out in the Greater Manchester regional award, won by Firstplay Dietary Foods, a specialist food manufacturer based in Stockport.

Firstplay then also went on to scoop the Made Smarter Adoption Award for the whole of the North West.

They now progress to the national awards in Liverpool on June 27 against the regional winners from adoption programmes in the North East, West Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber.

The Made Smarter Adoption Programme is a government-funded initiative which offers SME manufacturers support including digital transformation workshops to create a digital roadmap, impartial and expert technology advice, leadership and skills training, as well as grant funding for technology projects.

Since 2019, SME manufacturers across the North West have invested £22m in new technologies,

forecasting the creation of almost 1,600 new jobs, over 2,850 upskilled roles, and adding £242m to the economy over the next three years.

Donna Edwards, Director of the Made Smarter Adoption Programme in the North West, said: "I would like to congratulate the winners and nominees who have all embraced digitalisation to become leading examples of UK manufacturing excellence. 

“Digital transformation is challenging, particularly given the challenges the sector has faced in recent years, so it is right we recognise the forward-thinking nature of these businesses and their employees. 

“I am incredibly proud of what the Made Smarter team has achieved over the last five years.

"While these awards are a moment to celebrate, our work is by no means done.

"Our mission is to engage with the thousands of manufacturers out there who we are certain could benefit from our support, and to inspire and inform them about the benefits of technology adoption.”

Commenting on the launch of the awards, Brian Holliday, Co-Chair of the Made Smarter Commission, said: "The Made Smarter Awards celebrate digital transformation among SME manufacturers, and it is with great pride to see these inaugural awards taking place this year.

“I would like to congratulate all winners and nominees, from across all the regions, as we collectively celebrate the successes the Made Smarter adoption programme has helped support in each of the individual manufacturing businesses.    

“The impact of the programme continues at pace with the creation of thousands of new jobs, the adoption of multiple digital technologies and empowerment of future digital leaders with our skills and leadership training.

“We are looking forward to the expansion of the programme into more regions in 2025.

"This allows us to truly support increasing manufacturing productivity, raising exports through international competitiveness, strengthening UK supply chains and  creating new value streams and reducing CO2 emissions.”

For more information, visit: www.madesmarter.uk

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