EVENT: Digital Strategy Support for SMEs, Introducing LCR4 START

15 May, 2020

Times: 10:00 – 14:30 GMT

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Unlock the business benefits of digital technologies.

LCR4 START is a new initiative supporting Liverpool City Region SME business leaders and companies to gain a competitive edge through the development of practical strategies for effective digital adoption.

Businesses are seeking to embrace digital technologies more and more in their efforts to deliver increasingly efficient and profitable products.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is enabling businesses to transform digitally through high performance computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence at its Hartree Centre. Alongside this, 3D printing capabilities at STFC enable rapid prototyping of complex designs on a project-by-project basis, facilitating cutting-edge engineering R&D.

As part of LCR4 START, STFC is supporting SMEs in the development of an effective digital strategy offering practical, hands on support to enable them to identify opportunities to develop and deploy digital technologies to unlock business gains, growth and savings and, if appropriate, further funding.

The event will also feature University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre:

Since the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) began in 2010, we’ve made it our aim to listen carefully to and help our clients and partners to push the boundaries of their business and industry challenges by adopting digital technologies to connect & collaborate with their customers, supply chains and partners.

As lead partner for the new LCR4 START initiative, the VEC can support your business, plan and prepare for digital adoption by developing your digital strategy.


Why you should attend this event?

This event will outline the full support that is available through LCR4 START, via STFC and the Virtual Engineering Centre. There will be an overview of the programme followed by a break out session where companies can speak with STFC and VEC experts in the following areas to see how the programme can support them/if you are eligible.


Who should attend this event?

To access this support companies have to fit the following criteria:

– Liverpool City Region based SME (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Sefton and the Wirral)

– Interested in developing digital strategy in business and have time to input into the project


Within the following sectors (but not limited to):

  • Manufacturing (Pharma, FMCG, Aero, Auto etc.)
  • Professional Services
  • Health
  • Energy
  • Visitor Economy



10:00 Arrival & refreshments

10:30 Welcome

10:35 Introduction to LCR4 START

What can my SME access through LCR4 START?

What are the benefits to my business?

How to apply

10:55 Hartree Centre Overview

Our advanced digital, data and AI capabilities

Visualisation demo and success stories

11:25 Virtual Engineering Centre Overview

Virtual and augmented reality demo

12:25 Rapid Prototyping Overview & Tour

Introduction to rapid prototyping

Additive manufacturing/3D printing demo

12:30 LUNCH [You will have the opportunity to book one-to-one sessions]

13:15 One-to-one sessions* | Session #1

13:45 One-to-one sessions* | Session #2 [Opportunity to changeover]

14:15 Next steps, arranging follow-up actions

14:30 Close


*One-to-one sessions will provide an opportunity to meet with representatives from STFC and VEC to discuss one or two of the following areas:

  • Research Software Engineering (RSE) and application development
  • Data Science & Predictive Analytics
  • AI & Chatbots
  • Visualisation
  • Additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping
  • Funding opportunities and business development


Launched in January 2020, LCR4 START is a part European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded business support programme specifically for Liverpool City Region SMEs, led by the Virtual Engineering Centre and delivered in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, Sensor City, Science and Technology Facilities Council and the Growth Platform.

For more information on this event and to register for free, please click here.