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At a time of transformational change affecting all businesses, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has launched Transmission. This innovative leadership programme aims to bring together the creative and digital sector with the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. It is based around the new trend of industry 4.0 in which business can creatively develop its leadership and management capabilities through a programme to help stimulate growth. The focus of this programme is to exploit new opportunities using industry 4.0.

Who is it for?

This support programme for the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community within Lancashire will help prepare SMEs for the global effect of increasingly impactful developments in new technology. Based within the Centre for SME Development at UCLan this European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded initiative will utilise both industry and academic expertise.

What will this involve?

  • Build on the current awareness of the applications for digital technologies
  • Illustrate the organisational impacts of doing business in the digital age
  • Engage and support personal development of leaders in different sectors and their businesses
  • Provide access to non-executive director input for those businesses with high growth potential

It will take the form of an innovative approach to building leadership capacity and capabilities within the advanced manufacturing, engineering, creative and digital sectors. Transmission will enable SMEs to embrace the competitive advantages that will accrue from a more digitised economy.

How will it benefit my business?

The project’s provision to businesses includes:

  • Support to over 100 SMEs over the life of the project. We will provide a minimum of 12 hours contact with each SME
  • Transmission + will provide enhanced support for 40 of those businesses with high growth potential
  • A leadership development review will be provided
  • Ten discussion forums will run across the timeline of the project. They will be between six and seven hours in length, the forums will create an interactive social learning environment.
  • A virtual learning platform will provide the opportunity for discussion between participating business leaders beyond the discussion forums.

David Gardner

David Gardner
Project Manager- Transmission

Address: GR306, Greenbank Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Phone: +44 (0)1772 894624
Web: Transmission
Twitter: @TransmissionSME

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