Building - LCR 4.0


Supporting SME’s to start their digital journey

Building on previous success

LCR 4.0 is seen as an exemplar project with regards to supporting the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies for SMEs in Liverpool City Region. The project was named by the Financial Times (Dec 2018) as one of top 100 digital champions in Europe.

The independent summative assessment completed by Hatch Regeneris (July 2019) stated the project will have a gross impact of:

  • £55.0mn - £86.75mn increase in gross GVA
  • 1,185 gross FTE jobs created

The challenge

We live in a world where technology, digital technology, is exerting more impact on every aspect of our lives than ever before with technological advances enabling change in the way we live, work and socialise. With this digital revolution already underway, the adoption of such technologies is clearly the way of the future.

Adapting to new technology and fully leveraging its features is imperative to a modern organisation to remain competitive. However, the truth is there are many different challenges that an organisation faces before they can truly embrace digital technology.

The world of ‘digital’ is broad and often misunderstood and the connection of this technology across sectors has the potential to be of step-change importance to the UK economy.

The solution

We see digital technology as the key enabling technology to drive economic growth in SMEs across different sectors. This will enable SMEs to be more flexible, agile and react to opportunities more rapidly, leading to increased productivity and improved competitiveness.

LCR 4.0 START is designed to offer a proactive business outreach focused around digital strategy for business approach, aligning with and leveraging other support available within LCR that is available to support business growth of manufacturers and related supply chains and improve productivity, access to new markets and create higher-level jobs.

The LCR 4.0 partners have come together to deliver digital strategy focused business support to manufacturing and wider supply chain SMEs in the LCR to help them build “their digital enterprise”.

The project will look to support the organisation in understanding the benefits of digital innovation to establish an efficient and attractive workplace for highly skilled graduates who have high expectations and demands of today’s workplace, enabling LCR SMEs to compete in the market to attract top talent.

Sensors, Data and Management Workshop

Date: Friday 28 February 2020, 9.30am – 1.00pm

Location: GERI Boardroom, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF - get directions

Come along and join us for our Sensors, Data and Management Workshop. This interactive workshop will help you to identify some of your main challenges around digital technologies. The aim of the session will be to enable you to define a problem or problems that you are facing and what skills are required to address those problems.

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Cyber Security Culture - The challenges and implications of cyber security legislation

Date: Friday 6 March 2020, 9.00am - 1.30pm

Location: 2nd Floor, Peter Jost Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF - get directions

This workshop will provide an introductory talk dispelling the common misconception that cyber security is an entirely technical domain by relating it to broader concepts such as governance, risk, regulation, business continuity, trust and control.

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Workforce of the Future

Date: Tuesday 24 March, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Location: Adaptive Learning Zone, James Parsons Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF - get directions

Leaders in industry, innovation and acdemia need to work together to to proivde a long-term vision of our skills needs. This is an opportunity to bring industry and academia together to inform the future curriculum, to shape what future skills will be taught within Faculty of Engineering and Technology.

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Contact us

Anthony Walker
Strategic Manager – email me

David Evans
Business Engagement Officer – email me

Lesley Lambert
Industry Academic Liaison Officer – email me

Eve Money
Monitoring Support Officer – email me