Digital Talks

The knowledge you need to have your own conversations about digital transformation 

Digital Talks

Podcast Series

Digital Talks is all about helping UK manufacturers – large and small – to transform.

Whether it's to compete on a global stage, to bring customisation at speed or to be ultra-responsive to your customer when and where it's needed.


The reality is that digital technology is going to create the most significant and long term productivity improvements that will allow transformation to unfold.


Some will think a "digital factory" is what dreams are made of but far too sophisticated, expensive, and, to be frank, overwhelmingly complex. Some will be involved in conversations in or out of the boardroom but the barriers come up – legacy systems, skills for the future, return on investment -  leaving with more questions unanswered than answered.

Our podcast series lets you hear from the best of the industry’s people, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Tim Smith, and is full of boardroom conversation starters, as well as practical insight to help you get started.

Digital Talks podcast series


In conversation with the best of the industry to equip you with the knowledge to have your own conversations about digital transformation.

Digital Talks Live! Episode 1

At the Digital Talks 2019 event in Liverpool, Sarah Black-Smith, Head of Factory Operation at Siemens Congleton, chats to Science and Technology journalist, Katherine Templar-Lewis, about Siemens’ digital journey

Digital Talks Live! Episode 2

In the second of our series of ‘Digital Talks Live’ podcasts, we speak to Nick Wright, Head of Manufacturing Industries at Digital Catapult 

Brian Holliday and Tim Smith are joined in the studio by Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair of EEF,  talking about the skills challenges, and indeed opportunities, when it comes to transformation. Highlights include what digitalisation means for those already working in manufacturing, the use of technology to help upskill, the types of skills needed in the future, and ways to support leaders with their own upskilling.

Brian Holliday and Tim Smith are joined in the studio by Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult; talking about the need for a digital factory to help manufacturers transform, as well as nuggets of insight for building the business case and some practical advice to get started.

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Hear from those already doing it

Martin Leeming, CEO of TrakRap spoke about his company’s digital journey as an SME at the recent Digital Talks event.
The journey itself will be enlightening and will deliver real tangible business benefits
Martin Leeming, CEO – TrakRap

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Hear what our experts have to say about the technologies and use cases to improve speed, flexibility, quality and efficiency.