Made Smarter Review

Summary

The review covers multiple industrial sectors and, while this has increased its complexity, it has made our analysis comprehensive. The business community believes the recommendations offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost productivity, create new and exciting businesses, generate new jobs, support rising wages, and increase exports.In the review, we have focused on the following strategic challenges: the increased pace of adoption of industrial digital technologies, the faster innovation of these technologies, and a need for stronger and more ambitious leadership to transform UK industry. As a result, the report offers three game-changing recommendations (plus one support recommendation), which can be summarised as:

• Adoption. Build a national digital ecosystem that will be significantly more visible and effective and that will accelerate the innovation and diffusion of industrial digital technologies. This includes a National Adoption Programme to be piloted in the North West, focused on increasing the capacity of existing growth hubs and providing more targeted support. Critical to the success of our recommendations will be the upskilling of a million industrial workers to enable digital technologies to be adopted and exploited through a single Industrial Digitalisation Skills Strategy.

• Innovation. Refocus the existing innovation landscape by increasing capacity and capability through 12 Digital Innovation Hubs, 8 large-scale demonstrators, and 5 digital research centres focused on developing new technologies as part of a new National Innovation Programme.

• Leadership. Establish a national body, the Made Smarter UK (MSUK) Commission, comprising industry, government, academia, further education, and leading research and innovation organisations, which would be responsible for developing the UK as a leader in industrial digitalisation technologies and skills, with a mandate to develop the UK's own industry 4.0 domestic and global brand.

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