Businesses invited to free event to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution

InvestSK, South Kesteven District Council’s economic development arm, is working in conjunction with the Lincoln International Business School to deliver a free event to help businesses learn how the automation of work and digital disruption of business models can improve productivity to deliver competitive advantage and understand what leadership skills are needed to help prepare for these changes.

Titled ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Robotics, Productivity and Skills: Are you Industry 4.0 ready?’, the event will take place from 12.30pm – 4pm on 28th June at South Kesteven District Council’s offices and is free for businesses to attend.

With the UK reporting a relatively low productivity level per employee in comparison to other nations, the government has placed a renewed focus on raising businesses’ output per worker in the UK’s industrial strategy which was published last November.

This event aims to inspire South Kesteven companies to look for new ways to boost their productivity and will provide an insight to the contribution that digital technologies and automation offer. It’s designed for business leaders from the engineering, manufacturing and technology sectors specifically, but is open to all companies keen to learn new ways of working to improve their business performance.

The event will offer delegates greater insight into how Industry 4.0 will impact performance, business growth and skills needs in industry today and will include presentations from industry experts including OAL and RecruitMe, and academic experts from The University of Lincoln’s Lincoln International Business School and National Centre for Food Manufacturing.

Steve Bowyer, strategic lead at InvestSK, said: “Like many other parts of the country, 90% of South Kesteven’s businesses have less than 50 employees, so improving the productivity of these SMEs is vital both for local economic growth and contributing to the UK Government’s drive to boost national growth.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Lincoln International Business School to present this thought-provoking event which brings together a fantastic panel of experts. I hope local businesses will take advantage of this unique opportunity and join us for what promises to be a productive session!”

Tarzem Shoker, Marketing Manager at the Lincoln International Business School said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this event in partnership with InvestSK. The teams at the University’s Lincoln International Business School and National Centre for Food Manufacturing are passionate about supporting businesses of all sizes to be successful, whether that is developing the skills they need in their future workforce, providing academic expertise for specific issues or projects, or delivering innovative research to drive productivity gains and business growth. Lincolnshire has a wonderfully diverse business community and we are excited to meet with businesses in South Kesteven at this event to hear more about their strengths, challenges and ambitions.”

To view the full agenda and book your free place, please click here or email for more details.