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Digital Manufacturing Week – 12th to the 15th of November 2019

Digital Manufacturing Week 2019 which starts next Tuesday (12th November). This is the third year Digital Manufacturing Week has been held in the Liverpool City Region and the biggest yet (an estimated 6,000 delegates).  Every year the size of the event has grown and so has the ambition.  This year for example there is an official Digital Manufacturing Week Fringe.  The event is organised by The Manufacturer Magazine as their annual “festival of manufacturing”. Digital Manufacturing Week is Europe’s largest industrial digitisation event and consists of – Smart Factory Expo (13th and 14th of November) – a showcase of industrial digital technology solutions / services The Manufacturing Leaders Summit (13th and 14th November) – leaders of major manufacturers coming together to discuss future industry trends The Manufacturing Top 100 (13th November) – the “Oscars” of manufacturing, rewarding the 100 best manufacturers in the UK The Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards  (14th November) – recognising the most innovative manufacturing companies in the...Read More >

RDPE Growth Programme – Round Three

RDPE Growth Programme has reopened to expressions of interest. This opportunity has been achieved through the creation of the RDPE Growth Programme National Reserve Fund and to run a new round of National Calls for applications.  The three themes of Food Processing, rural Business Development and rural Tourism Infrastructure are available all of the 36 LEP areas where the grants have previously been available. This will be a minimum £35 million fund to boost rural productivity and create local jobs and the overall budget could increase to £50m to fund worthy projects. For this funding round of the Growth Programme, the minimum grants request has come down to £20,000 from £35,000, meaning that more small or micro-businesses may be eligible for a grant for their projects. The proposed new calls will operate in a very similar way to the previous round. There are a few changes to note. The minimum grant for all 3 themes is now £20,000 (previously £35,000)...Read More >

Fast-growing Sefton business creates cutting-edge medical training facility for LJMU

A Southport tech firm has created a cutting-edge immersive training room for nurses after receiving business growth support from InvestSefton. Immersive Interactive worked with Liverpool John Moores University to create and install a bespoke cloud-based experience, providing students the experience of delivering clinical care under realistic, high-pressure conditions. The immersive room, designed and built by the Southport firm, uses pioneering technology to bring training scenarios to life. Having received business support from InvestSefton, Immersive Interactive has enjoyed significant growth over the past six years and has received funding through the Local Growth Hub to further develop the cloud-based software on which its technology is based. Immersive Interactive now has a global reach, providing its technology for all aspects of healthcare. Chris Porter, Director at Immersive Interactive, said: “The financial and advisory support has really helped us to bring our immersive rooms to life, develop our technical capability, and push into new territories. We’re set to keep on growing and pushing...Read More >

Integrating New Technologies into your business

The University of Liverpool and Santander have a firm commitment towards providing local businesses with the necessary support to stimulate and drive business growth. Coming together, the University of Liverpool and Santander will be hosting a network event, where businesses will be able to find out about, how integrating new technologies into their business operations and the recruitment of emerging talent, can increase business productivity and improve business efficiency. You will get the opportunity to network over breakfast, while hearing from expert guest speakers from the University, Santander and like-minded businesses, who will discuss key issues impacting on your operations, share ideas and find ways to support each other. Subjects being covered during the networking breakfast, will include: • Blockchain – using new technologies in innovative and effective ways for your business • How to take advantage of KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) Funding to drive your business growth • Emerging Talent – how to take advantage of Santander’s Universities Funding...Read More >

£15m funding package set to be approved for the Manufacturing Technology Centre

£15m funding package for world leading research and technology organisation the Manufacturing Technology Centre set to be approved by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will be asked to approve a grant from its Strategic Investment Fund for £15m next week, to enable research and technology organisation The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to expand its facilities and create more than 40 highly skilled jobs. Having recently moved to the Liverpool Science Park, the MTC provides a competitive environment to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, working with the automotive, aerospace, construction, defence, rail, informatics, fast-moving consumer goods and electronics sectors. Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor, said: “The Liverpool City Region is already a hotbed of advanced manufacturing activity and we are leading the way, nationally and internationally. “The funding will have the twin benefits of delivering solutions for established industries whilst also providing a space in which innovative...Read More >