13 Feb 2019

Hundreds sign up to 2019 Digital Growth Conferences

Hundreds of businesses have booked their place on the Digital Growth Programme’s 2019 conferences – designed to keep them ahead of the game in the world of technology. 

Dates for the highly-anticipated events were announced in December, and places are already filling fast.  Now more businesses across the region are being urged to book their spot and take advantage of the programme, while seats are available.

The speaker line-up has been confirmed, and the day promises to deliver a host of expert advice - from getting the most from social media channels to making sure businesses can stand out from the crowd in online searches.

The fully-funded events in Nottingham and Leicester will showcase the very latest developments, helping SMEs to stay at the cutting edge of new technology, tools and techniques.

Diane Beresford, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chamber, said: “Following the success of last year’s events there was great demand to deliver these conferences. 

“We’ve already been overwhelmed by the initial response of local businesses – it shows the appetite that companies in this area have to grow and thrive, which is fantastic to see and it’s great that we can support that development.”

The full-day sessions will build on the success of the programme’s conferences in 2018, which saw 98 per cent of the 600 delegates saying they would like the opportunity to attend another.

Eligible businesses can secure their place at one of the two events:

  • 11 April 2019 - Leicester Racecourse, Leicester (for businesses based in Leicester and Leicestershire). Book here.
  • 16 May 2019 - The Nottingham Belfry (for businesses based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) Book here.

The day will bring together like-minded businesses who are keen to embrace the digital world. It will highlight what companies need to be doing to keep ahead of competitors, as well as providing a glimpse of what's to come, across all things digital. 

Business support providers will also be on hand to answer any questions and offer advice on what help is available to SMEs across the region. 

Topics on the session include:

  • Effective search engine optimisation in 2019
  • Paid digital advertising, challenges and successes
  • How AI will transform marketing in the next five years
  • Content marketing in a non-text world
  • Leveraging social media groups
  • Health and wellbeing in the digital age

Search #DGPConf19 for conference updates on Twitter.

Amazing workshop, provided tons of information about creating content - it's a must for any busy small business owner!

Rashpal Rai, Wellbeing Works, Derby

Best workshop I've been to, so relevant and current

Laura Bruce, Steel City Marketing, Sheffield

Really impressive workshop, with great in depth practical advice and examples. The explanation of hidden feature on social media was very useful and I will be going away from the session looking at building and executing a full social media strategy for my business. Thank you again for providing me access to workshop and the information if delivered.

Wossicon Brown, Sheffield

In addition to helping develop my digital presence, these workshops are helping me reshape and refocus my business

David Primrose, Synergy Food Ingredients, Melton Mowbray

I really appreciate the Digital Growth Programme and have benefitted from previous workshops and seminars. Now that my knowledge in this area is growing I am looking forward to attending more seminars so that I can build on my knowledge and skills

Dorinda Miller, Into Deeper Waters, Nottinghamshire

Before, Google Analytics was a bit of a minefield, but I now feel more confident to use it in the way that works best. Looking forward to future courses!

Emma Daley, SortRefer, Derby

The workshops exceeded my expectations! A huge amount of useful information delivered in a straight-forward, practical and professional way. I am leaving the day with lots of ideas for implementation and looking forward to attending the next workshop

Kate Brudenell, Hawthorn, Melton Mowbray

Really informative workshop, lots to take away and apply to our own site. This is a brilliant service on offer and I’m extremely grateful to be able to attend these workshops

Emma Bradley, Bradley Brown Internet, Nottingham

The GDPR seminar was fantastic and I have already to action certain points within marketing strategy.

Barry Aldridge, TidyCo Ltd, Derby

A massive thank you to Liam and the programme - an insightful and very engaging workshop. I particulary found the hashtag elements useful.

Efficiency North, Sheffield

The GDPR seminar was fantastic and I have already to action certain points within marketing strategy.

Barry Aldridge - Marketing Manager, Tidyco Ltd, Derby

Using my new blogging skills thanks to the fab blogging workshop I attended with Paul Ince.

Sally Davies, Jumpstart I.T Training Services Ltd, Arnold

Thank you Digital Growth programme, you made me believe in myself and gave me skills and knowledge to change our website. I strongly recommend these workshop to SMEs.

Svetlana Parmar, The Winchester Snooker Club, Leicestershire

The Digital Growth Programme is an excellent asset to the East Midlands – it has really helped my company push on in ways that otherwise may not have been possible

Carl Musson, S&J European, Leicestershire

The application is straight forward, access to the team for help is superb and the potential benefits to your company are huge

Carole Hunter, London Edge, Leicester

We used a digital grant to introduce new technology in our warehouse, allowing the guys allow to take on extra business. A lot of our customers are needing faster processing, and this will help us fulfil those orders. It allows us to be quicker and more accurate

James Munton, CS Ellis Ltd, Leicestershire