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The Careers & Enterprise Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Mo Isap to its Board of Directors. Mo brings with him a wealth of experience across both industry and education.

Mo is Founding Director and Vice Chair of Star Academies, a multi-academy trust, operating some of the most successful schools in the country. Star Academies operates 24 primary and secondary schools across the country with over 13,000 students. All of Star’s schools that have been inspected to date by Ofsted are rated Outstanding.  

Mo is also the founder and CEO of tech company IN4.0 Plc. IN4.0 work with organisations across business and education to enhance creativity and productivity by adopting Industrial Digital Technologies. One of the Group’s companies has a joint venture with the University of Central Lancashire, developing and recruiting technology graduates and post graduates to deliver high value projects and accelerating industrial technology start-ups.   

Mo is already heavily involved in the work of The Careers & Enterprise Company through his role as volunteer Enterprise Adviser (EA) in Lancashire, supporting Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School (TIGHS) and Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (TIBHS), both are amongst the highest achieving schools in the country.

Christine Hodgson, Chairman of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Mo to our Board and be able to draw upon his wide-ranging experience of bringing education together with local enterprise and business. I am delighted that Mo has agreed to share his valuable insight with us, not only from the perspective of an entrepreneur and successful business leader, but as a well-recognised and successful Enterprise Adviser within our network. We are all looking forward to working closely with him.”

New Board member, Mo Isap, said:

“It’s a privilege to have been asked to join the Board. I have seen at close quarters the incredible progress The Careers & Enterprise Company has made over a very short period of time, delivering life shaping opportunities to young people up and down the country. Our ambition is to ensure that every single young person, regardless of background can access world class opportunities meeting with their passions and talents. I am looking forward to supporting a very special organisation deliver the most incredible of outcomes.”

More about Mo Isap

Mo’s exceptional commitment to bringing schools and employers closer together was recognised in 2017 when he was awarded Enterprise Advisor of the Year as part of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s annual awards.

As an EA, Mo has worked with Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School (TIGHS) to break down gender stereotyping and encourage the students and their parents to look more widely at career options. A recent achievement saw Mo supporting the school to develop a mini MBA programme where sixth form students attended a series of lectures at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) followed by a project placement related to their subject area of greatest interest.  

Prior to his role at IN4.0 Plc, Mo has successfully started and scaled several businesses, he has also founded several social enterprises and currently runs IN4.0 Education which operates DEVA a digital mentor network and TTA placing technology post grads into schools to help enable technology applications. He holds an MBA, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

With his wide-ranging experience of local enterprise and business, he is a Board Member of the Greater Manchester LEP leading on schools and future skills, and he chairs the Greater Manchester Careers and Employability Board. 

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For more information on The Careers & Enterprise Company, please email press@careersandenterprise.co.uk or call 0207 566 3400

About The Careers & Enterprise Company

Our mission is to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work.

We support schools and colleges by linking them to employers and helping them deliver world class careers support for all young people. We do this by:

Building Networks: Linking schools and colleges to employers and other external careers providers through the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hubs.

Supporting Careers Leaders: Providing training and support for Careers Leaders in schools and colleges.
Backing the Gatsby Benchmarks: Supporting implementation of a best practice standard for careers support, the Gatsby Benchmarks, with tools and targeted funding.

A unique disruptive leadership in technology programme aimed at helping manufacturers to start, scale and succeed in industry 4.0 launched today (28 January, 2019) at a packed VIP event at BAE Systems’ Academy for Skills & Knowledge in Lancashire.

 

The ‘Access’ programme was unveiled to an audience of leading regional manufacturers and leaders from education, government and SMEs by North West specialist technology training and consultancy service, IN4.0 PLC.

 

Spearheaded by IN4.0’s CEO, Mo Isap, ‘Access’ has been designed through the company’s joint venture with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and in collaboration with NatWest’s entrepreneur accelerator. The programme is also supported by BAE Systems and will provide access to specialist advisers from the Made Smarter North West pilot, which aims to help Industrial Technology Start-ups and SME manufacturers to be at the forefront of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’.

 

A key facet of IN4.0’s business model is to recruit top graduate talent nurtured through the IN4.0 School, which will equip them with the skills they need to be employed by the company as ‘Technical Disruptors’. The school will drive high value employment and business start-up opportunities for graduates and enable them to support the delivery of IN4.0 ‘Access’.

 

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 PLC, says that by taking advantage of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Industrial internet of things, virtual reality (VR), robotics and 3D printing, companies can increase productivity and global competitiveness. He said IN4.0’s mission is to forge collaborations between business and education to help seize the opportunities brought about by technological transformation.

 

Speaking at the event, keynote speaker, Professor Juergen Maier CBE, CEO of Siemens and Chair of the Made Smarter Commission, talked about the great work being delivered through IN4.0’s partnership with UCLan and said the Made Smarter North West Pilot is a £20 million investment between government and industry. It includes match funding opportunities and the provision of dedicated technical and business support for manufacturing SMEs.

 

The delegates also heard from a panel of students and graduates from BAE Systems and UCLan, who described how they are using Industry 4.0 technologies in their current roles.

 

Dave Holmes, Manufacturing Director (Air) at BAE Systems, said “’the future is very exciting and we need a collective approach to addressing the challenges that industry faces. The IN4.0 ‘Access’ accelerator programme offers a great opportunity for SME’s in the North West the gain the necessary skills and technologies required to become fit for the future”.

 

Darren Pirie, Head of Entrepreneur Proposition and Experience at NatWest, said: “NatWest is proud to be working with IN4.0 at UCLan to support the manufacturing sector and to share our expertise to help accelerate these UK businesses.

 

Supporting entrepreneurs is a key priority for NatWest and our dedicated entrepreneur accelerator programme consisting of bespoke business coaching, mentoring and ecosystem and peer to peer connectivity is specifically designed to help entrepreneurs that want to start, grow and scale their businesses.”

 

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  • Photograph attached. Caption: Taking off – IN4.0’s CEO, Mo Isap, launches the ‘Access’ accelerator at BAE Systems’ Academy for Skills and Knowledge.

(Mo Isap photographed with Juergen Maier and representatives from UCLan, NatWest, Made Smarter and BAE Systems).

  • IN4.0 PLC is a specialist training and consultancy service which helps businesses in manufacturing take advantage of new industrial digital technologies.
  • Access is an intensive, three-month programme which is delivered to businesses across the region from IN4.0’s headquarters at The Landing at MediaCity UK in Salford, as well as Sensor City in Liverpool, UCLan and BAE Academy in Lancashire.
  • The programme will start in April 2019 and will run in 3 sub regions, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, several times a year. It will include seven events, including disruptive leadership and technology innovation workshops. Find out more about Access at www.in40.co.uk.
  • The Made Smarter North West pilot will engage 3000 SME manufacturers in the North West and encourage them to adopt industrial digital technology. Up to 600 firms will also qualify for more intense support through high quality, fully-funded advice and support services. The Pilot will be delivered through the region’s five Local Enterprise Partnerships and their network of Growth Hubs, and aims to increase regional GVA by up to £115m.

Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA sign’s up to support the IN4.0 ACCESS programme.

IN4.0 PLC is delighted to announce that Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA, has been appointed as an IN4.0 Fellow and will support the IN4.0 ACCESS accelerator programme.

IN4.0 ACCESS, an intensive three-month programme starting in April 2019, is accessible to businesses from across the region through its three hubs, The Landing in Salford, Sensor City in Liverpool and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston.

The programme is sponsored by BAE Systems, NatWest and UCLan and will run several times throughout the year. It incorporates physical events, including three immersive learning events with live demonstrations and practical workshops, and a university accredited module.

IN4.0 Fellows are experts in their respective fields and are carefully selected due to their commitment to making positive change through innovation and leadership.

Dr Marilyn Comrie is an award winning serial entrepreneur, international trade & innovation specialist and strategist working in the area of advanced manufacturing and zero emission vehicle technologies.

 

Author of an Innovate UK funded study titled ‘Growing the Industry 4.0 Capability of SMEs’, Marilyn is working collaboratively with key stakeholders in Greater Manchester to develop plans for an advanced manufacturing super centre. The aim is to increase take up of Industry 4.0 technologies by SMEs to boost productivity and profitability as well as training, upskilling and reskilling the workforce that will be needed.

Marilyn was honoured by HRH the Queen in 2009 with an OBE for services to women’s enterprise. She was also awarded the prestigious Kofi Annan African Leadership Excellence Award as well as an honorary doctorate by Birmingham University in 2018.

Marilyn’s expertise is in the field of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Additive Manufacturing, commonly referred to as 3D printing for rapid prototyping. She works with people of all backgrounds to advance their skills, confidence and the ability to innovate and create new products that bring their ideas to life.

Dr Marilyn Comrie said: “IN4.0 ACCESS is a venture that has been designed by SMEs for SMEs. This intimate insider understanding of the competing challenges and budgetary pressures that the leaders of manufacturing SMEs face when adopting or integrating new technologies with legacy systems gives IN4.0 PLC an important edge.

Factory days, which give business owner/managers the opportunity to get hands on and test out affordable equipment themselves to better understand which ones offer the best fit, coupled with access to investors to help them scale and grow is undoubtedly a winning formula!”

Mo Isap, founder and CEO of IN4.0 PLC said: “I’m delighted that Marilyn is joining us as an IN4.0 Fellow. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Marilyn for many years and have witnessed her passion for bringing prosperity to our region”.

 

To find out more about IN4.0, contact us or follow on Twitter @IN40PLC

 

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Photo caption: Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA sign’s up to support the IN4.0 ACCESS programme.

 

Notes to editors

About IN4.0:

  • IN4.0 PLC is a specialist training and consultancy service which helps businesses in manufacturing take advantage of new industrial digital technologies.
  • Access is an intensive, three-month programme which is delivered to businesses across the region from IN4.0’s headquarters at The Landing at MediaCity UK in Salford, as well as Sensor City in Liverpool, UCLan and BAE Academy in Lancashire.
  • The programme will start in April 2019 and will run in 3 sub regions, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, several times a year. It will include seven events, including disruptive leadership and technology innovation workshops. Find out more about Access at www.in40.co.uk.

New accelerator programme will take place at the heart of MediaCityUK

 

A unique partnership deal has been struck between The Landing, MediaCityUK’s incubator for high-growth tech and digital start-ups and SMEs, and IN4.0 PLC, a specialist training and consultancy service which helps businesses in manufacturing take advantage of new industrial digital technologies.

 

The Landing and IN4.0 will work together over the next two years on several new projects that will support and educate industrial SME’s and start-ups across the North West who want to make better use of disruptive technologies to grow their businesses.

 

A brand-new Accelerator programme, ‘Access’, designed to help businesses start, scale and succeed in industry 4, will be launched to an audience of manufacturing industry experts at BAE Systems near Preston on Monday (28 January). Access will be run from The Landing, which will also become the new headquarters of IN4.0 PLC.

 

The intensive three-month programme, starting next month, is accessible to business from across the region through its three hubs, The Landing in Salford, Sensor City in Liverpool and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston.

 

Access has been designed through IN4.0’s joint venture with UCLAN and is also supported by BAE Systems and NatWest. The programme will run multiple times across the region and will incorporate seven physical events, including disruptive leadership and technology innovation workshops.

 

An international cohort of SME’s will also join the accelerator programme allowing SME’s from the UK to develop overseas partnerships and access new investment opportunities.

 

Through its unique partnership with The Landing, IN4.0 will run a number of other programmes including DEVA, a project aimed at creating the next generation of digital entrepreneurs. DEVA (Digital Entrepreneurs Video Artists) will empower young people to use digital technologies positively and aims to create employable people integral to the digital and creative industries of the 21st century.

 

IN4.0 also plans to run it’s IN4.0 Education Community Interest Company (CIC) from The Landing to develop world-class leaders in education who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead in Industry 4.0, the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

 

Paul Billington, managing director at The Landing said: “We are really excited about this partnership with IN4.0 as it will support and influence an industry which is at the heart of our heritage in the North West, marrying 21st century digital innovation with the British manufacturing industry.

 

“Working with IN4.0 will bring together the high-tech testing labs and facilities available here at The Landing with the regional reach and digital expertise in manufacturing provided by IN4.0 and we are really looking forward to welcoming our first cohort on the new Access to Industry accelerator.”

 

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0 PLC said: “

 

Find out more about The Landing, contact us or follow on Twitter @TheLandingMCUK

 

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Photo caption: New accelerator programme will take place at the heart of MediaCityUK

 

For more media information, contact Lindsay at Toast PR on lindsay@toastpr.co.uk or 07510 915461.

 

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About The Landing:

  • The Landing is MediaCityUK’s dedicated technology incubator hub for high-growth technology & digital start-Ups, scale-ups and SMEs.
  • It provides Workspace (office and co-working), Incubator programmes, User Testing Labs, Barclays Eagle Labs, and our exclusive lounge and bar On The 7th, along with incredible technical infrastructure and connectivity, to ensure its 100+ companies can turn new technologies into happy, sustainable businesses
  • The Landing gives digital SMEs and micro-businesses a place to work alongside large media and technology organisations, allowing them to be part of and benefit from the exciting and rapidly growing community at MediaCityUK. Spanning seven floors, The Landing combines all cross-sections of the digital creative industry to create a unique environment where SMEs can thrive. From digital workflow, post production and interactive media labs to meeting, working and social spaces, we offer everything under one roof.
  • The Landing contributes more than £25m a year and 1500 jobs to the Greater Manchester economy and almost £83m to the UK economy, hosting over 10,000 delegates from all over the world every year at events, conferences, workshops and hacks.
  • The Landing also has roots in community, supporting 600 jobs a year in Salford. Over 100 children from Salford schools over the past year have attended workshop sessions and over 450 Salford residents have taken part in digital skills programmes.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF):

  • The project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. 
  • Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

                                                         

Richard Hagan, Managing Director of Crystal Doors, has been appointed as an IN4.0 Fellow.

IN4.0 Fellows are experts in their respective fields and are carefully selected due to their commitment to making positive change through innovation and leadership.

Richard founded Crystal Doors, a Rochdale-based manufacturing company, 25 years ago and he’s revolutionised his business operations through the adoption of industrial digital technologies.

Crystal Doors manufacture bespoke kitchen, bedroom and bathroom vinyl wrapped doors. They’ve fully incorporated industry 4.0 technology into their production processes by implementing 3D printing, CNC nesting cells and robotic spraying. They also operate the country’s first customised industry 4.0 dust extractor and this particular technological solution has saved the company £10,400 a year!

As an IN4.0 Fellow, Richard will share his business expertise and experience with IN4.0 Factory Network members at our networking events and through our online portal which will launch later this year.

Richard, who is also a Rochdale Business Ambassador, said: “I’m honoured to have been selected as the inaugural IN4.0 Fellow. At Crystal Doors, we are committed to continuously developing our processes through technology and we have seen massive benefits, particularly through automation. 

“I am also passionate about education and collaboration, so I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences of the opportunities that are out there for North West businesses.”

Mo Isap, CEO of IN4.0, said: “Richard and Crystal Doors are the embodiment of what can be achieved if manufacturers have the ability and leadership to adopt Industry 4.0 technology.

“The achievements of Crystal Doors are evidence of why the North West can once again be the powerhouse of manufacturing in this country, if we invest in this once-in-a-generation opportunity. I’m delighted to have Richard on board as our first IN4.0 Fellow and the guidance, leadership and knowledge he can provide businesses in this region is unrivalled.”

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To find out more about IN4.0, contact us or follow on Twitter @IN40PLC

 

Photo caption: Richard Hagan sign’s up as an IN4.0 Fellow.

 

 

                                                                      Steve Cox sign’s up to support the IN4.0 ACCESS programme.                                                                                                               

IN4.0 PLC is delighted to announce that Steve Cox has been appointed as an IN4.0 Fellow and will support the IN4.0 ACCESS accelerator programme.

IN4.0 ACCESS, an intensive three-month programme starting in June 2019, is accessible to businesses from across the region through its three hubs, The Landing in Salford, Sensor City in Liverpool and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) in Preston.

The programme is sponsored by BAE Systems, NatWest and UCLan and will run several times throughout the year. It incorporates physical events, including three immersive learning events with live demonstrations and practical workshops, and a university accredited module.

IN4.0 Fellows are experts in their respective fields and are carefully selected due to their commitment to making positive change through innovation and leadership.

Steve Cox is a 3D Technologies Consultant at AMFORi and a qualified engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry.

He’s also the Digital Catalyst Programme Manager at Autodesk, which is part of their ‘Future of British Manufacturing’ initiative (FoBMI) and brings together education and industry to help implement digital transformation.

Steve is a passionate advocate of ‘The Future of Making’ using the latest design techniques and software, coupled together with new manufacturing methods such as 3D printing. Using the skills he’s developed in these areas, Steve can clearly see the exciting possibilities ahead in Industry 4.0.

He’s also passionate about education and is keen to share his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of designers and manufacturers in order to help supply a skilled future workforce. He also recognises the importance of upskilling those currently working in industry.

Steve Cox said: “I’m delighted to join as an IN4.0 Fellow as I have considerable experience of working in the engineering and manufacturing industries. Over the past 5 years I’ve worked extensively with all aspects of advanced design and manufacturing techniques, therefore I’m able to act as a bridge between traditional industry practices and Industry 4.0”.

Mo Isap, founder and CEO of IN4.0 PLC said: “We are delighted that Steve is joining us as one of our Fellows. For many years Steve has been at the forefront of pioneering digital technology adoption into UK manufacturing and leading on skills and talent development for Industry 4.0. Steve’s experience and pedigree will further enhance our client’s learning and understanding within IN4.0 ACCESS, our disruptive innovation accelerator.” 

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To find out more about IN4.0, contact us or follow on Twitter @IN40PLC

 

Photo caption: Steve Cox sign’s up to support the IN4.0 ACCESS programme.

Notes to editors

 

About IN4.0:

  • IN4.0 PLC is a specialist training and consultancy service which helps businesses in manufacturing take advantage of new industrial digital technologies.
  • ACCESS is an intensive, three-month programme which is delivered to businesses across the region from IN4.0’s headquarters at The Landing at MediaCity UK in Salford, as well as Sensor City in Liverpool, UCLan and BAE Academy in Lancashire.
  • The programme will start in June 2019 and will run in 3 sub regions, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, several times a year. It will include seven events, including disruptive leadership and technology innovation workshops. Find out more about ACCESS at www.in40.co.uk
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