Butcher adopts new technology thanks to Made Smarter programme

Butcher adopts new technology thanks to Made Smarter programme

Cranstons Quality Butchers in Eden is the latest manufacturer to adopt industrial digital technologies designed to boost their growth and productivity as a result of funding through the ‘Made Smarter’ programme.

Donna Edwards

Donna Edwards, programme director of Made Smarte.

The business, which processes and distributes meat across the UK, is among 62 businesses now investing in a range of industrial digital technologies, including data analytics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), 3D-printing and robotics to solve business challenges across a range of manufacturing functions. These technologies will also deliver an additional £52M in gross value added (GVA) for the North West economy over the next three years.

300 North West small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have secured support, including specialised advice and £1.6M of funding, in the first year of the Made Smarter programme.

Donna Edwards, programme director for the Made Smarter North West pilot, said: “Over the last year the Made Smarter team has engaged with hundreds of makers from every corner of the region.

“We have found a great enthusiasm about the benefits of adopting new digital technology tempered by uncertainty of how to go about it.

“It’s clear that the SMEs need the specialist advice and insight to help them select the right approach for their business, how much to invest and which technologies will bring the greatest benefits.

“This is exactly how Made Smarter can and is helping businesses across the region.

“Made Smarter is relevant for any North West SMEs employing less than 250 staff who make, create, manufacture or engineer. The interest we have received in the first year has been incredible. I urge local businesses to get in touch and find out how digital technology can transform their business.”

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