Future of British Manufacturing Initiative names new partner

Jonathan Lee Recruitment has become the latest core partner to join the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative.

The Future of British ManufacturingThe Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FoBMI), led by engineering design software specialist Autodesk, brings a hands-on approach to helping UK SMEs embrace digital technologies that help them make better products, sell more and generate greater profits.

Jonathan Lee Recruitment joins the other core five FoBMI partners – The Manufacturer, Lloyds Bank, Simon-Kucher & Partners, FBC Manby Bowdler and MacIntyre Hudson Associates, and will bring its expertise in advanced manufacturing and engineering to provide skills advice to SMEs involved with the initiative.

One of the key components of the initiative is a readiness assessment which provides the first step to gaining practical and realistic advice to businesses wanting to improve and adopt disruptive technologies.

David Woakes, group business development manager at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, commented: “We want to demonstrate that the benefits associated with Industry 4.0 are truly accessible to businesses of all sizes.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) continues to build momentum, and if companies are not including this phenomenon in their strategic planning processes, they are already behind the curve.

For more information on the Future of British Manufacturing initiative, please visit autodesk.co.uk/FoBMI

“Our SME client base acknowledges that industry is changing, and customer expectations are evolving with smarter, better connected and customised products, but don’t often have the time, digital skill-set or digital knowledge to know where to begin.

“FoBMI is about removing the jargon and buzzwords, identifying which elements of 4IR are actually relevant and providing practical help to getting started.”

Asif Moghal, senior industry manager at Autodesk added: “British manufacturing continues to experience incredible pressure to remain competitive thanks to increasing globalisation, aggressive competition and a greater sophistication of the products requested by consumers to be designed and manufactured.

“Combine these factors with disruptors like cloud, mobile computing, additive and subtractive manufacturing and you’re describing an environment that is complex. Once demystified, it has the potential to create impressive, new and sometimes unimaginable opportunities for those who are innovative and agile, no matter the business size.”

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