New programme to get Leeds businesses investing in tech and digital knowledge

New programme to get Leeds City Region businesses investing in tech and digital knowledge

SMEs across the region are invited to ‘invest in knowledge’ via a brand new digital and technology focused business support programme.

The Digital Knowledge Exchange, part of the already established Digital Enterprise programme, is inviting SMEs and interested parties to attend the official launch of the new programme at a free full day conference called ‘Marketing the Art Of’. 

The business support programme is part funded by ERDF in partnership with the five West Yorkshire and three North Yorkshire Local Authorities.

The full day conference takes place at LIFE Centre Events, Wapping Road, Bradford, BD3 0EQ on Thursday 28th September from 9:00am-16:30pm

The event will see digital skills specialists and expert trainers, presenting sessions aimed at helping business to make the most of online technologies and showcasing what’s possible in the digital marketplace.

The event will provide practical help with topics such as SEO, Facebook, GDPR, CRM Automation, Video Marketing and much more.

Businesses attending the event will range from those with limited digital knowledge to those that are looking to refresh their knowledge and fine tune their digital marketing campaigns.

Businesses will be able to find out about the full programme offer, which includes; access to a range of digital and technology focused workshops, a comprehensive digital audit, one to one mentoring via digital champions, plus access to an online business community and a variety of resources.

Beth Hewitt, senior project manager of the Digital Knowledge Exchange said:

“As a result of participation in the DKE programme, businesses will become much more aware of how to use digital channels and will become more confident about making an investment in the most appropriate digital solutions that support their development goals and aspirations.

“We hope many businesses will take up the excellent free business support on offer”

Muz Mumtaz, programme manager for Digital Enterprise said: “We are very excited about the launch of the Digital Knowledge Exchange service. 

“It is a central component of the Digital Enterprise mission - to help small to medium sized businesses achieve digital transformation and growth through the better use and understanding of digital solutions.”

The event will also witness the re-launch of the hugely popular Digital Growth Voucher Scheme, which received almost 500 applications for Phase 1 earlier in the year. 

Muz will be delivering a session on Phase 2 of the Voucher scheme, covering the key changes to be introduced.

Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: ‘I very much welcome this additional support for business across the region to invest in digital technologies, improve their knowledge and boost growth.

“The digital sector is key to creating jobs and a strong city region economy and this new programme will further support this thriving sector.”

Support is available to businesses across the Leeds City Region including: Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax, Harrogate, Skipton, and Selby

To find out more and book a free place at this event in Bradford contact the Digital Enterprise Team on 0113 426 0535, email knowledge@digitalenterprise.co.uk or visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk for more information.