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Tech for Growth 2017 Inspires Cornish Businesses

Businesses in Cornwall were given an insight into how to use digital technology to remain competitive  at Superfast Business Cornwall’s event ‘Tech for Growth 2017’ in Wadebridge last week.

The event drew small to medium sized eligible businesses from across Cornwall who were inspired to adopt digital technology for growth through a series of keynote speeches and workshops at the Pavilion Centre, Wadebridge on Thursday 1 December.

The fully funded one day conference was part of Superfast Business Cornwall’s (SFBC) new service to help Cornish businesses boost their competitiveness through increased understanding and exploitation of digital technology.

The event welcomed keynote speaker Jon Hogg, Chief Marketing Officer at the blur Group who talked about the benefits of weaving technology into business.  As well as Nick Orme Managing Director of ITEC who shared his business’ experience of migrating to the Cloud and its benefits.  ITEC, who deliver managed services to the Sahara Force One India Formula 1 team, brought their full size F1 racecar simulator to reinforce the idea of embracing technology to stay competitive.  The fastest racer on the leaderboard was Alex Horfall from The Valley Resort who managed to race part of the Silverstone Circuit in just 47.434 seconds!

Ross Facey, Operations Director at Maen Karne, who attended the event said

“Tech for Growth was a perfect opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from people who have been on or are about to embark on the next stage of their business’ digital evolution.

I have come away with a reinforced belief that resources invested to this aim, with the expert guidance of Superfast Business Cornwall, will both bolster existing activities and perfectly position our business for the opportunities and innovations that lie ahead.”

Following the morning of inspirational speakers businesses attended workshops from SFBC Workshop Facilitator Josh Hoole looking at Online Tools for Smarter Working, and gained an insight into how an Agile Approach to business can help support technological change with a workshop from Belinda Waldock from Being Agile. Business Advisers from SFBC gave one 2 one support to businesses throughout the afternoon.

Jim Odell who is a member of the Expert Panel for Superfast Business Cornwall said

“The day has been a great opportunity for businesses to step back and think strategically about what technologies they could adopt to grow and remain competitive in 2017. I hope that some of these businesses will be able to receive support via the Expert Panel very soon.”

The SFBC Expert Panel is made up of professional representatives from finance, law and specialist technology suppliers. It provides valuable independent advice on the utilisation of technology, helps with business due diligence and gives suggestions on how businesses can maximise the impact of their project.

The event is part of a tailored programme of high quality information, advice and digital  development which aims to help businesses develop a strategy for growth that utilises the latest in digital technology.

The Superfast Business Cornwall service is for eligible* SMEs based in Cornwall and will run to March 2019. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the service will be delivered by Peninsula Enterprise, national market leaders in the provision of Superfast Broadband focused business support. All activity is closely aligned to Superfast Cornwall roll out.

To find out more about how digital technology can help develop your business visit or book onto an event at: www.sfbcornwall.co.uk.

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