Manufacturing Connect (MC)

Supporting manufacturing SMEs to boost their performance and productivity, MC is a short, intensive scheme to help you quickly build confidence and a clear business case for adopting new digital technologies. We focus on:

Customer Relationship Management   I   Resource Management   I   Production Planning 

Whilst the range of enterprise resource planning technologies are proven to have a transformative effect on business performance and productivity, there are some very real and practical barriers which hold back many SMEs from taking the step to adopting.

Being confident on the ROI, knowing which technology to select (in a crowded market of options), managing the change (in practices and mindset), and minimising disruption, are all real considerations businesses need to overcome.

Manufacturing Connect is here to support you in 3 key ways:

  1. Improve your understanding of your productivity and where different digital business technologies can make a measurable impact;
  2. Experience examples of successful adoption from other manufacturing SMEs;
  3. Build a business case for investment and plan the practical implementation.

Manufacturing Connect can also support you to connect with funding schemes to help investment costs and high quality, local technology specialists.

How does it work?

Manufacturing Connect involves a 3-stage Adoption Sprint Process, which starts with a one-to-one diagnostic with a digital adoption specialist. Following this, you will be enrolled onto our Connect To Grow and Growth Demonstrator activities. 

Throughout the processes we’ll support you with engaging, authentic learning content. We’ll also ask you a lot of questions about your business throughout. Asking all the right questions is crucial to help you reflect on the issues which may be affecting your business performance.

Who can take part?

Manufacturing Connect is for any small or medium sized manufacturing business in the North West. Whether you’re already on the path to adopting a new technology or some way from considering any investment, we’re welcoming manufacturers from across the region to connect.

The programme is fully-funded for SMEs and takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Its short, sharp, but intense and impactful – we help you get a lot done in a short amount of time.


What Lancashire SMEs say about working with Edge Hill:

“I’m so pleased I took the time to complete the Programme. I am now committed to completing my plan to support my growth objectives.”

Wolfenden Concrete
3 new products, 50+ new customers

“The Programme was challenging but provided us with the time to work on our business and develop an action plan.”

Inscape Interiors
£1m+ increase in turnover


What’s next?

Contact our team today to express your interest and get your business diagnostic underway. We’ll also share the results of the diagnostic straight away so you can immediately begin to see where your priorities lie.








Manufacturing Connect is a joint initiative led by Edge Hill University, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NW), and Manchester Metropolitan University which seeks to drive up the adoption rates of productivity-boosting digital technologies in SME manufacturers.  

Edge Hill University, The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Manchester Metropolitan University

Manufacturing Connect_Lancashire is part funded by BEIS and Innovate UK.

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