In order to remain competitive, increase productivity and upskill their teams it is becoming increasingly important for companies to embrace and embed new technologies into their businesses, a potentially daunting task for SMEs.  Transmission will raise awareness of the growth opportunities of digital innovation and will develop the relevant skillsets amongst business leaders to make their businesses better equipped to stay ahead of the competition, develop and grow. Transmission’s innovative approach will bring together leaders from the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors with leaders from the creative and digital sectors to enable them to learn from each other, jointly problem-solve and develop new markets and collaborations.

Transmission is designed to generate and stimulate conversations between SME leaders whose paths might otherwise not cross. Through these conversations new perspectives are opened up, new ideas formed, and new ways to tackle issues and opportunities are developed.

UCLan’s Centre for SME Development and the team behind Transmission are experienced in creating and delivering effective business development programmes for SMEs. Our experience in working with SME leaders coupled with the latest research means we have developed a programme that meets the specific needs of SME leaders looking to innovate and grow. Transmission is an industry-focused programme with an emphasis on real-world learning throughout. The programme taps into the expertise held within UCLan as well as our extensive network of industry experts to develop participants’ leadership and management skills to ensure that Transmission businesses are fully equipped and able to implement the innovations the programme will develop.

Who is it for?

To be eligible to take part in the Transmission programme, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Be Lancashire-based SMEs from the advanced manufacturing, engineering, creative or digital sectors
  • Employ fewer than 250 full-time employees
  • Have an annual turnover less than £40 million
  • Have received less than £160,000 of publicly funded support in the last 3 years
  • Be ‘business to business’ focused

How does it work?

This free-at-point-of-contact programme will allow business leaders to benefit from leading academic and industry expertise in the form of:

  • A strong, supportive peer network of like-minded SME leaders
  • ‘Collaboratories’ – sessions focusing on a business theme (e.g. what does the digital age mean for my business?) and examining the topic from different perspectives
  • Site visits to successful digitalised businesses

Enhanced support will be provided to SMEs with high growth potential.  This will include:

  • Up to 100 hours’ business support over 6 months
  • Action learning sets – problem solving and action planning sessions
  • Facilitated group discussions to share and embed learning and develop collaboration
  • Simulated Non-Executive Directors
  • Virtual Learning Platform, to provide an on-going discussion environment.

Transmission is designed and developed by a highly experienced team within UCLan’s Centre for SME Development. The innovative, cross-disciplinary approach will enable companies to develop their digital and growth strategies and to overcome some of the challenges which they will potentially face when introducing new technologies, whilst maintaining a strong, sustainable business.

How do I find out more and apply?

This programme is based within the Centre for SME Development at the University of Central Lancashire. To find out more about Transmission, you can email us at, or call us on +44 (0)1772 894632.

Working with and supported by:

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  • Enterprise Nation - Partner