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Digital Conference a huge success

Press release written by East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

More than 500  business leaders from across the East Midlands picked up digital tips, ideas and information from an array of industry experts at the region’s biggest annual technology conference.

The 2015 East Midlands Digital Conference and Expo, which took place at Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road Stadium yesterday, was organised by the East Midlands Chamber’s* eBusiness Club, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). It incorporated the council’s 2015 Superfast Leicestershire Conference.

The keynote speech was delivered by multi-award winning digital marketing guru Geoff Ramm, while Microsoft’s Amy Nicholson and Elena Branet delivered a presentation about the Internet of Things and UKTI’s Regional Director for the East Midlands, Ian Harrison, spoke about the Government’s new e-Exporting initiative.

And eBusiness Club trainers Ian Lockwood and Liam Lally brought the audience right up-to-date with all the latest developments in the worlds of Search Engine Optimisation and Social Media.

There was also an expo area featuring more than 60 of the region’s leading technology and ICT providers and a series of information seminars delivered by some of the East Midlands’ leading digital practitioners.

Cllr Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council’s  cabinet member for rural broadband, opened the event by giving an overview of the Superfast Leicestershire programme – a £28m project in partnership with BT which aims to increase superfast fibre broadband coverage across the county.

By the end of the end of 2017, it is expected that more than 72,000 additional properties in Leicestershire will have access to high-speed fibre broadband.

Cllr Pain said: “The conference was a great opportunity for businesses from across the region to come together and learn more about how technology can support and enhance their work.

“It was great to see so many businesses engaging with the Superfast Leicestershire team to discover the real benefits that having a high-speed connection can bring.

“I am proud that Superfast Leicestershire continues to provide residents and businesses across the county with faster broadband speeds, supporting our local economy and communities.”

Earlier this week, an independent assessment of the eBusiness Club’s delivery of the Government’s Transformational ICT2 scheme concluded that it boosted the region’s economy by £54m, led to the creation of more than 150 new jobs and provided digital technology support to more than 1,300 businesses over the past two years.

The review found that for every £1 of public money spent on the programme, an additional £19 of value was generated. A total of 1,660 individuals, representing 1,337 businesses, received at least six hours’ worth of support.

The eBusiness Club also awarded £722,918 grant funding to 106 businesses during the second phase of the scheme, which ran between October 2013 and September 2015.

Transformational ICT2 was a £3m programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund, with match-funding from the private sector and Chambers across the East Midlands. It followed a number of earlier schemes, including Transformational ICT Phase 1, which the eBusiness Club also delivered.

eBusiness Club Manager Jon Egley said: “We’re really pleased with how the conference went. It was extremely well attended, which is testament to how many businesses recognise the importance of keeping up-to-date with all the latest developments in digital technology and ICT to enable them to remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace.

“It was also a fitting way to bring the latest phase of Transformational ICT to a close and to celebrate the successes and real benefits it delivered to local businesses.

“Over the past two years, we have helped hundreds of businesses from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire to boost their digital skills and make the most of the very latest technology.

“We’re currently developing the next phase of our activity with our local authority partners across the region and hope to build on the successes of phase two of the programme by helping even more businesses to develop and grow.”

The eBusiness Club was founded in 2001. With a membership of more than 9,000 SMEs from across the East Midlands and its neighbouring counties, it is the premier source of independent and impartial advice and support in online marketing and digital technologies.

Alongside these activities, it is also a key partner in the Digital

Derbyshire, Superfast Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire Broadband for All initiatives.

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