SMALL and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) in Bury are being invited to a workshop to equip them with the tools they need to develop a digital strategy.

The event taking place at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel on February 25 from 8am to noon, entitled Powering Your Manufacturing Through Digital Transformation, is to be run by Made Smarter, and is aimed at companies looking to understand more about how digital tools and technology can create efficiencies and growth in their business.

The interactive session gives SMEs free access to industry leaders including Edge Digital Manufacturing, a consultancy bidding to inspiring businesses to take advantage of digital technologies, and Nucroft, a consultancy which works with manufacturers on new business strategies.

The intimate event, for up to 40 people, will use collaborative workshops and one-to-one personalised sessions with experts to help inform business leaders. Attendees will hear real life examples of how other businesses have applied new technology, the challenges they overcame and the benefits they are now experiencing.

Alain Dilworth, Made Smarter programme manager, 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 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 is ideal for anyone looking to discuss their business and help them understand the digital roadmapping process.

"Our events are extremely popular and this is the first held in Manchester."