Manufacturing Business Support

Advice and support for manufacturing SMEs to adopt digital technology solutions.

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Digitisation for Manufacturers (D4M)

D4M offers a high-quality blend of diagnostics, digital application design, implementation and impact evaluation, all planned to boost productivity, enhance profit margins and act as a pathway to greater use of digital monitoring systems within manufacturing environments.

Working in partnership with the University of Cambridge and their Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) to deploy the groundbreaking “Shoestring” methodology from the IfM, D4M will employ low cost, off-the-shelf components to design and install customised applications that will prove the value of these technologies in driving efficiencies - which will support accelerated growth. Additional specialist advice will help beneficiary businesses to improve their systems and processes in order to drive improvements in performance and management skills.

The D4M programme will deploy Oxford Innovation Advices’ market leading GROWTHmapper diagnostic tool to establish the level of digital readiness within SMEs. The resultant needs-analysis will shape a customised programme of 1:1 and peer group support.

Offering much more than one dimensional support; market leading business diagnostics, face to face, group and high-tech resources add value to the client experience. This approach ensures that, in addition to improving efficiency, beneficiary businesses will enhance their manufacturing processes, drive cost of production improvements and build management skills.

For those businesses wishing to scale the impact of these new digital technologies, OI Advice will offer blended support through the A2F+ programme in order to help secure the most appropriate finance for businesses to install full scale solutions.


The Digitisation for Manufacturers (D4M) is being delivered by Oxford Innovation Advice on behalf of the Growth Hub, and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund as part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Programme