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M4i to give non-compliant projects the boot

SHAPE UP or ship out is the message that will be on its way at the end of the month to demonstration projects not meeting Movement for Innovation performance requirements.

The M4i board decided in March that if any of the 130 demonstration projects failed to comply with its obligations, they would risk being thrown out of the programme.

Team members at M4i headquarters have been assessing projects against a set of performance criteria and are expected to have come up with a list of non-compliant projects by the next board meeting on 28 July.

Project managers on schemes not up to scratch will be contacted by letter, with copies sent to their senior management, said team manager Ian Purnell.

Underperformance will be judged by failure to:

attend three successive cluster meetings;

submit key performance indicator data;

involve supply chain partners in project and cluster meetings;

identify innovations.

'This is not heavy handed. It is sensible management of the programme, ' said Pannell. 'We will help people if they want it, but if not, it allows us to focus our resources more productively.'

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