Join us at this FREE Event on April 23rd
Navigating Net Zero: 
A Journey through Digital Transformation 
Net Zero by 2050 is now written into UK Law. 
Emissions will need to reduce by at least two thirds by 2035 and by 90% by 2050.

Join Southend City Council and Made Smarter Data Hub for this roadshow to explore the pathway to digitalisation. Become more efficient, resilient, profitable and competitive by embracing digital technology.

The pathway to Net Zero is a tough one to navigate, and digitalisation is key to any manufacturing organisation in achieving resilience, profitability, sustainability and a competitive edge. The event explores the issues and challenges around digitalisation through thought leadership, practical steps and best practice to support your journey. We have partnered with industry experts across our region to bring you a practical, insightful and thought provoking event. With plenty of time for questions and answers along with the opportunity to network, this free event will leave you armed with a tool kit, contacts and practical solutions.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge.

Registration and Coffee


Welcome and IntroductionSimon Coward, Hub Director,, Smart Manufacturing Data Hub

Investors In the EnvironmentDavid KnightNet Zero Targets for Businesses - Available Training / Certification - IIE

Total- Control ProDolores SandersMRP - ERP - MES

IGUS RBTXMatthew AldridgeLow Cost Robotics


Smart Manufacturing Data HubSimon CowardEnergy Monitoring Sensors

SMS-TechMark RobinsonOperational Areas Management Software

Essex PoliceGavin SaundersThe Importance of Cybersecurity

M A M SolutionsMartin McMahonAdditive Layer Manufacturing - 3D Printing

University of Cambridge - IfMSaul JonesQuick Wins

Southend City CouncilBen CluettSupport for Business

Output IndustriesMike Wright,, Managing DirectorMonitoring Production in Real Time 


Holiday Inn Southend
77 Eastwoodbury Crescent, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6XG
Date & Time
23 April 2024
8:30am - 13:30pm
Please see below the list of our fantastic speakers on the day, which will be introduced by Bob Hart - Programme Director of the Smart Manufacturing Alliance :
Dolores Sanders
Total Control Pro Ltd
Co Founders and strategic partner
Dolores champions affordable, accessible technology, aiming to harmonise people, product, and process in the era of Industry 4.0. As a co-founder of TotalControlPro®, she's focused on bridging the gap between automation, data, and the workforce, enhancing productivity through empowerment. Her venture, Total Control Pro, is revolutionising manufacturing with DynamxMFG®, a cloud-based solution offering affordability, accessibility, and adaptability. This innovation enables data-driven decisions across all levels.
Serving on the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub board, Dolores drives sustainable growth and industry innovation. Her leadership is not just pioneering but visionary, steering towards a more connected, efficient manufacturing future. Her approach, marked by humour and humility, illustrates her belief in the power of technology to transform lives and industries.
Matthew Aldridge
igus UK
managing director
Matthew Aldridge was appointed UK managing director of igus® in 2013. He introduced a number of changes to enhance the structure and strategy of the business, which contributed to double-digit sales growth in his first full year in charge. Having joined igus® in 1996, Matthew took early responsibility for developing the bearings area of the business.

Combining engineering expertise with sales and marketing skills, Matthew grew the division and introduced a new telemarketing function with flexible working practices that became a template for igus® worldwide.

Based in Northampton in the UK and with global headquarters in Cologne, Germany, igus is a leading international manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings. The family-run company is represented in 35 countries and employs over 4000 people around the world. In 2019, igus generated a turnover of 764 million euros with motion plastics, plastic components for moving applications.

Mark Robinson
SMS Technology Ltd
Customer Engagement Manager 
With over 11 years of experience in the manufacturing and technology sectors, Mark is the customer engagement manager at SMS Technology, a leading provider of digital solutions to remove paper from all businesses. He joined SMS Technology in April 2023, after working as an ERP consultant at Fitfactory Technology, where he helped clients optimize their production processes and workflows using the latest software tools. Prior to that, he spent six years as a production supervisor at Jaguar Land Rover, where he applied lean manufacturing, kaizen, and 5S principles to improve quality, efficiency, and safety. He is passionate about delivering innovative and customized solutions that meet the needs and expectations of customers, while also enhancing the performance and productivity of their teams and organizations. He has a strong background in ERP, lean manufacturing, kaizen, and 5S, as well as excellent communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills. He is always eager to learn new technologies and best practices, and to share his knowledge and expertise with others. His goal is to create long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with customers, and to support them in achieving their business objectives and vision.
Eamonn McMahon
Founder and Managing Director
Eamonn is the Managing Director of equipal, which brings businesses together with equipment vendors and institutional funders in a single digital marketplace.
Seeking to address the issues facing growing businesses in accessing asset finance and managing their ongoing equipment lifecycle, equipal brings innovation to an equipment market burdened by complex, legacy processes and redundant technologies.
We believe that by making it easier for business customers to access the equipment they need, we can help them grow and contribute to a stronger economy. Some of the assets listed on our leasing marketplace that we fund include HGV tractor units, trailers, tractors, vans, commercial vehicles, CNC machines, laser cutting machines, 3D printing machines, robotics, forklift trucks and aerial lifting platforms.

Simon Coward
Made Smarter - Smart Manufacturing Data Hub
Hub director
Simon Coward has been appointed to the role of Director at the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub in Ulster University.
Simon brings a wealth of experience and nearly 30 years of insights in manufacturing to the role of Director of the Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH). As a graduate Chemical Engineer, Simon worked in the oil/gas, chemicals and nuclear industries in the UK and Italy, and following further training (at Cranfield University) set up and grew manufacturing businesses supplying the construction, FMCG and automotive sectors.
Moving from the private sector to local government, Simon led the growth of engineering and manufacturing clusters in East Anglia – including building incubation and growth in space, creating sector networks and local manufacturing groups, and developing business support programmes.
Dr. Martin McMahon
M A M Solutions
Dr Martin McMahon has spent the last 25 years working in the advanced manufacturing sector, and more than half of that time dedicated directly to Additive Manufacturing (AM). During the time that saw the first introduction of industrial AM, Martin has worked with some of the UK's leading manufacturing and engineering companies across Aerospace, Medical and Energy sectors, as well as having a pivotal role in the success of metal AM within the F1 motorsport sector. His knowledge and understanding of the entire end-to-end AM process chain, including international standards and compliance, is backed up with his degree in metallurgy and PhD is laser materials processing.
David Knight
Investors in the Environment ("iie")
principle sustainability consultant
David engages with, supports and develops companies through their customer journey to achieve their iiE accreditation and more; building on best practice and working with the iiE vision ‘to create sustainable businesses’ within the iiE membership.Investors in the Environment is an environmental accreditation scheme founded by PECT. It is designed to help businesses all over the UK save money and reduce their impact on the environment. Working with organisations of all sizes, Investors in the Environment offers a unique environmental accreditation to prove businesses efforts. It offers a whole range of help, support, tool kits, education and promotion within a surrounding membership package.

Antony Gough
Investors in the Environment ("iie")
national lead and principal consultant
Head of sustainability
A skilled team leader, programme manager and facilitator, specialising in providing sustainability support to organisations of all sizes. Over 20 years experience working on a range of publicly funded business support programmes as well as within a commercial setting with corporate clients .
A strong track record of effective and productive networking and proven team development and management capabilities.
A qualified environmental auditor (IEMA), accredited trainer (CIEH), Chartered Environmentalist and a Full Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
Specialities: Resource Efficiency, Environment Management, Industrial Ecology, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Leadership, Project Management, Network Building, Partnership Brokerage, Funding Bids, Account Management.
Gavin Saunders
Essex Police
Cyber Protect, Prepare & Prevent
Intelligence | Essex & Kent Serious Crime Directorate
Gavin is a graduate of Queen Mary & Westfield University London, gaining an honours degree in Aeronautics & Avionics. Gavin then spent the next 12 years working in private sector in various roles including Financial Investigations. In 2007 Gavin joined Essex Police, working in various roles including that of a Business and IT projects amanger, then then changed direction and became a Criminal Intelligence Analyst working in areas such as Serious Organised Crime (SOC), Serious Economic Crime (SEC), OCG’s and Gangs, in 2018 Gavin then became a specialised communications data analyst before moving to the Cyber Prevent & Protect Role in 2021. Gavin is a Member of the Institute of Cyber Digital Investigation Professionals (ICDIP), and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec).
Within the Cyber Protect role Gavin gives advice and guidance on how to maintain online safety, hygiene and ensure that organisations have access to tools and information required to stay safe in an increasingly ‘wild’ online world

Ben Cluett
Southend on Sea City Council 
As Business Navigator for Southend on Sea City Council, I work with Businesses, charities, social organisations and beyond to help them navigate the business support landscape. This allows them to access the fully funded support available to them. I can provide connections, guidance and referrals. Tailored specifically to your requirements.

I have previous experience as a Business Navigator at BEST Growth Hub. We covered Essex, Southend and Thurrock. I was the Business Navigator allocated to be responsible for Businesses in Rochford, Brentwood, Harlow and Epping Forest. I started at BEST Growth Hub as an apprentice, which set me on a great journey.

At Business on Sea we promote, share and actively support our network. Get in touch and find out how we can support your Business.
Dr Saul Jones
University of Cambridge
Post-Doctoral Research Associate,
Department of Engineering

Lead Researcher in Industrial Energy and Material Sustainability,
Centre for Industrial Sustainability,
Institute for Manufacturing,
Research Associate in Construction Sustainability,
Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology,
Civil Engineering Division,

Saul’s research interests lie in large scale improvement for energy and resource efficiency, and his background is in physics. His PhD and prior research focused on characterising new organic semiconductors for high efficiency LEDs and solar panels.  He is interested in bringing the methodology from his experimental background to real world industrial settings, and using a systems approach to data integrity to guide targeted improvements for factories in developing regions.
Mike Wright
Output Industries 
Managing Director 
Before founding with my co-founder Thomas Baker, I previously worked for several global digital agencies in London, leading cross-functional teams to deliver large digital transformation programmes. I'm driven by a simple ethos that excellent ideas are nothing without exceptional execution.

It's from this cross-sector and industry experience that output industries began. Our vision is simple: Democratise Manufacturing Performance.

My role is to ensure we constantly deliver our promise to customers and stay true to our vision. We work closely with our partners and network to ensure the product we are developing is fit for the market and meets the demands faced by manufacturers not just today but in the future.

Over the last 2-3 years, I've worked in various manufacturing facilities, from a global tyre manufacturer in Chennai, India, to a UK-based knitwear manufacturer. Whatever the manufacturing process, I'm always excited to see how things are made and learn from the makers.

You'll find me on a surfboard or a road bike outside the office. Being based in Cornwall certainly has its benefits!
 Join us for FREE on 23rd April 2024
We look forward to hosting you!

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