Cumbrian manufacturers are being invited to a workshop to help them develop a digital strategy for their business.

The event, Powering Your Manufacturing Through Digital Transformation, is being run by the Made Smarter initiative, which is working with firms to boost their productivity through the application of technology.

It is aimed at SME companies looking to understand more about how digital tools and technology can create efficiencies and growth in their business.

Attendees at the event in Manchester will hear real life examples of how other businesses have applied new technology, the challenges they overcame and the benefits they are experiencing.

Up to 40 people can attend to take part in one-to-one sessions with experts and collaborative workshops.

Made Smarter programme manager Alain Dilworth, who will lead the event, said: “Digital tools can increase profit, reduce inefficiencies, open new markets and provide greater insight for business leaders, but it can be confusing to know what will help your business the most.

“Our experience of working with SME manufacturers tells us that people struggle to know where to start when it comes to digital transformation, and struggle to find the time to take that first step.

“This workshop is run by industry experts and is ideal for anyone looking to discuss their business and help them understand the digital roadmapping process.

“Our digital transformation events are extremely popular, and as this is the first held in Manchester, I would urge businesses at the start of their journey to register to secure a place.”

The event will take place at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel on February 25 from 8am to 12pm.

Places are free but companies need to register.

More information is available from the Made Smarter website.

An initiative set up by the Government and industry working together, Made Smarter provides funding, training and other resources to help boost productivity in manufacturing.

So far Cumbrian SMEs have benefited from £300,000 of match funding to adopt digital tools and new technologies.