Crowe welcomes further funding for Made Smarter programme

28 Jul 2022

Published in: Member News

Funding Welcomed for Made Smarter Programme

Crowe welcomes further funding for Made Smarter programme

Head of Manufacturing at audit, tax, advisory and risk firm Crowe has welcomed the government’s decision to fund the Made Smarter scheme for a further three years.

Johnathan Dudley, Midlands Managing Partner, said an additional £2.3 million meant that the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has now securely nearly £7 million from government to help the region’s businesses embrace digital technology and supercharge their growth.

The announcement was made by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, as he opened the British Manufacturing Showcase which was hosted by Crowe at its Midlands office in Oldbury.

Over 35 Midlands companies and organisations took the opportunity to demonstrate their products and processes at the event which was organised by Crowe to mark the eve of the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Made Smarter has already helped more than 200 SMEs in the West Midlands digitise their work, improve employees’ skills and become more productive since the scheme was launched the region in 2021.

Because of this success, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which funds the scheme, has agreed to commit a further £2.3 million to continue the programme for another three years.

More than 150 businesses have already signed up to benefit from this second phase of the scheme.

Andy Street said: “I’m thrilled that we have succeeded in securing this extra funding from government to help our region’s manufacturing and engineering firms to embrace digital technology.

“Prior to the pandemic we had the fastest growing economy outside of London and enhancing our digital capabilities will help us bounce back - getting back on track towards renewed growth and generating high quality job opportunities for local residents.”

“Anything we can do to drive innovation here in the West Midlands – not least for our dynamic SMEs - is very good news so I very much welcome the progress being made thanks to the Made Smarter programme.”

Johnathan Dudley said: “Time and capital are the two barriers that manufacturing and engineering SMEs often face when they want to enhance their business.

“The Made Smarter programme helps business owners find the best route for them and then guides them through the process of applying for match-funded grants.”

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