Bookings open for region’s digital growth conference


Businesses across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can now register to be part of a free conference to help them grow through the use of digital technology – and access grants of up to £16,000.

Running on Thursday, 8th March, the D2N2 Digital Growth Conference 2018 will be held from 8:30am to 4pm at the Village Hotel in Nottingham, and has been designed to help businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire make the most of the very latest digital technologies.

The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme, half-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, has been set up to help businesses grow through use of existing and emerging technologies and information communications technology. Grants of up to £16,000 are available as part of the £7.2million programme.

D2N2 is the LEP for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area and works with its areas businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers and community and voluntary organisations to grow its areas economy, with the aim of creating 55,000 new jobs in the decade leading up to 2023. D2N2 also has an allocation of European Funding, which includes the ERDF, which is designed to help businesses to grow and become more competitive in a number of ways.

The D2N2 Digital Growth Conference 2018 is being delivered in partnership with Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire, an initiative to improve superfast broadband coverage across Nottinghamshire – which D2N2 is also part-funding to the tune of £2.63m.

Speakers for the D2N2 Digital Growth Conference 2018 include:

  • Andrew Grill of Practical Futurist, who will be looking at how SMEs can use new and emerging digital technology to ‘outrun’ the competition
  • Ian Lockwood of Boom Marketing, who will discuss recent changes and the future of search engines such as Google, and what this means for business
  • Rob Gregory of Magnifica, who will look at how businesses can increase their productivity through digital technology
  • Joada Allen & Kelly Diver of Sky, who will look at the future of TV marketing, and the opportunities available for SMEs
  • Paul Ince of LikeMind Media, who will look at the rise of personalised marketing and how businesses can use this to boost their operations
  • Liam Lally of Zaddie Internet, who will look at the latest developments in social media and how businesses can make best use of these.

The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme is due to run until 2019. At least 2,380 businesses will be engaged with over the course of the programme; resulting in 852 businesses receiving intensive support, the creation of 69 new businesses, and 639 businesses introducing new digital products or processes.