F5 (Refresh) Your Digital & Creative Skills

Tuesday 23rd June, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm

Venue – Unity Works, Major Hall (Close Access to Westgate)
F5 (Refresh) Your Digital & Creative Skills

High level digital and creative skills are increasingly important to guarantee your business is future proofed for survival and ready for growth.

Over 85% of consumers are now using the internet to find local businesses with over 30% now using social media, a proportion that is growing daily.

To stay competitive in any sector, having the right people with right skills is vital – How can you raise your business' presence online, save money using new efficient technology systems, and market your business better than ever?

Wakefield first, in collaboration with Cognitiv, are delivering an expert line up of speakers who will talk about the changes new technologies and creative innovations are bringing for business.

Can you afford not to miss hearing what GOOGLE, MICROSOFT & BT have to say about our technological revolution?

What about support and funding? We understand it’s easy to say we need to increase skills and staff in technological and creative industries, but how can you afford to?

The Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Skills Service, Leeds Beckett University and the Tech Partnership will give you information on how to double your training budget, access innovation vouchers and apply for support and funding to grow your business.

Topic - Exploring the use of Creative IT & Digital solutions and technologies to improve SME economic growth, this event will have relevance for Digital/IT sector SMEs as well as all key sector SMEs to help their understanding of Digital and IT solutions to develop business and generate economic growth.

Emerging technologies will play a critical role in how we all live in the future, including making a contribution to the UK’s economic growth and bolstering its role as an international leader in technology innovation and creativity.

Themes for Discussion

  • Diversification
  • E-Commerce
  • Access to skills and funding
  • Infrastructure
  • Social Media and Promotion
  • Accessing Innovation
  • Supply Chain Development

Objective - The event will host a number of high profile key speakers who can address the audience and share their experiences, case studies and opinions on the future of Business and Economic growth through embracing new technologies and innovation.

Cognitiv, Wakefield’s creative, digital and IT industry experts, will be on hand throughout to provide you with one to one support, guidance and answer the questions you have been desperate to ask.

With speakers, stands, workshops, networking and a buffet lunch, can you afford for this to pass you by? Book your place now.

Wakefield Business Week. Be a part of it!

Event Outline

10:00 – Arrival, registration and networking (tea and coffee)

10:30 – Speakers start (Open with an introduction from Cllr Jack Hemingway)

10:35 – Dan Conboy - Cognitiv overview

10:40 – Daniel Langton - Microsoft - Businesses believe technology is taking on a life of its own and moving so fast it is difficult to keep up. This is forcing long-established companies to address fundamental questions about their business and operations. Daniel will tackle how businesses can embrace new technology and diversify to stop them getting left behind

11:00 - Gori Yahaya - Google Digital Garage - Anyone with a business, large or small, can use the power of the web to get new customers through the door and grow their business.  Gori can tell you how the Leeds based Google Digital Garage can offer you expert advice to help you harness digital marketing to maximise the opportunities for your business to grow

11:30 - Trevor Higgins - BT - Trevor will provide an update on the large scale infrastructure upgrades that are being undertaken by BT to improve Wakefield's connectivity and to widen the coverage of Superfast broadband

11:40 – LEP Skills – Overview of funding available for training – Link to ICT development, but is general funding support for businesses

11:50 – Tech Skills Partnership – Overview of support and funding to help companies develop the technology skills they need for the future

12:10 – Leeds Beckett University – Overview of IT and innovation funding through the University

12:20 – Dan Conboy – Closing remarks 

12:25 – 14:00 – Discussions with experts, one to ones. Buffet lunch and drinks to be served at 12:30