Nicki Clark, chief executive of BE Group, the company delivering the Digital Knowledge Exchange service on behalf of Digital Enterprise

Nicki Clark, chief executive of BE Group, the company delivering the Digital Knowledge Exchange service on behalf of Digital Enterprise

Leeds city region businesses to benefit from new digital skills programme

Leeds City Council, with its local authority partners from across the Leeds City Region, has launched a new programme to help digitally upskill the region’s SMEs.

Digital Knowledge Exchange is part of the Digital Enterprise business support programme which was set up to help ambitious SMEs grow and achieve digital transformation.

The new programme will offer entrepreneurs and managers access to knowledge, expertise and advice on deploying digital technology solutions through a range of support measures including workshops, masterclasses and mentoring.

The aim is to help firms achieve higher levels of productivity, competitiveness and innovation through the better use of digital technology, helping them to achieve digital maturity as they scale up and grow.

The Digital Enterprise (DE) programme is being delivered by Leeds City Council, in partnership with the Leeds City Region LEP and 9 local authorities. The Digital Knowledge Exchange service will be delivered by leading business services provider BE Group on behalf of DE.

Muz Mumtaz, programme manager for Digital Enterprise, said: “We are really excited about the launch of the Digital Knowledge Exchange service and are looking forward to working closely with the BE Group to ensure it helps to deliver digital transformation and digital maturity to SMEs across the Leeds city region, boosting growth and employment within the city region economy.”

Nicki Clark, BE Group chief executive, said: “Using digital technology to improve service delivery, operational efficiency, business continuity or marketing, is an opportunity for all business regardless of size, stage or sector. 

“The Digital Knowledge Exchange will bring expertise from some of the best known global brands as well as some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial businesses. We are really proud to be working on behalf of Digital Enterprise and the Leeds City Region LEP on such an exciting programme.”

The programme will deliver a number of workshops and digital conferences in addition to providing businesses with access to digital audits and mentoring.

It will focus on a range of topics including digital and social media, cyber security/digital resilience and many more.

The service will begin rolling out from July 2017 with the first large conference for businesses taking place in September.

The programme will run until March 2019 and is funded by Leeds City Council and partner authorities from across North and West Yorkshire with funding from the European Union.