Manufacturing Resilience Programme

SWMAS has designed this programme of webinars, exclusively for SME manufacturers, to help build resilience in a number of key areas.

As part of this programme, companies will be offered a personalised one to one follow up session with one of SWMAS' experienced Manufacturing Specialists, to help them apply this learning to their specific business requirements. 

Each of the following online sessions will provide participants with the tools and techniques needed to enhance their business in this particular area. Companies can pick those most relevant to their needs, but we recommend completion of all sessions to maximise the positive impact on your business:

1: Resource-based Strategy

Thursday 15th April 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

Aimed at senior business leaders, this session will focus on examining and developing resources and capabilities to build a successful, short-term business strategy from the inside out.


2: Customer Engagement to Protect and Grow Sales

Thursday 22nd April 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

Learn how to retain, and increase demand from, existing customers, and generate new sales opportunities to promote future business growth.


3: Building Capable Processes

Thursday 29th April 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

An introduction to Lean and Six Sigma, this session will outline these two widely recognised and highly regarded methods of process improvement to increase your understanding. This training will explain how they differ from each other, and help you identify when to use each approach within your business.


4: Leadership Development

Thursday 6th May 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

Strong leadership is an important asset for any business and is never more important than in times of uncertainty or crisis. This session will help leaders and managers develop their capability, capacity, and confidence to lead their teams successfully.


5: Employee Engagement

Thursday 13th May 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

Employee engagement and welfare are essential to the success of any business, especially in times of crisis. What motivates your people? What concerns do they currently have? What are their needs and how can you get the most out of them? This session will offer valuable insights into this topic at such a crucial time, and take you through the actions you need to consider to get your workforce fully engaged.


6: Strategies for Manufacturing Success

Thursday 20th May 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

This final webinar will reference the learning uncovered through the previous sessions to help delegates develop an overarching strategy. It will incorporate a range of priorities and considerations to help you identify a way forward, taking into account the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit, and how this may have changed the focus of your business goals:


7: Lean Tools for Success

Thursday 27th May 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

Join us to explore the five key 'Lean' principles, and learn practical ways of embedding these successfully within your business.


8: Design Best Practice

Thursday 3rd June 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

Effective product design needs buy-in from multiple areas of the business and is key to a company's success. Join us to explore what drives great design, and understand how incorporating this can achieve significant competitive advantage.


9: Problem Solving for Continuous Improvement

Thursday 10th June 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online

This session is all about adaptation to remain productive throughout current challenges. Learn how to make small, but powerful changes for positive results that benefit your business: 


10: Successful Change in Challenging Times

Thursday 17th June 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online webinar

Change management has become one of the most critical success factors for any business in today's fast-paced world. This session will help you develop a structured process to successfully manage and implement change, and ensure your business can adapt accordingly to seize new opportunities and satisfy your customers' ever-changing needs.



11: Clean Growth towards Net Zero

Thursday 24th June 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 | Online webinar

In line with government targets, UK businesses must achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This webinar will offer guidance on adapting business models to meet this target, and outline how these changes will have a positive impact on finances as well as the environment: 


The SWMAS Manufacturing Resilience Programme is supported by ERDF, and available to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies across the South West.
The learning offered within these online sessions can be followed up with a one to one meeting with an experienced Manufacturing Specialist (fully funded for eligible SMEs).