Digital Upscaler Connecting You

Digital Upscaler Awareness event

Event Information:

Type: Business Growth

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Available To: Eligible SME's

Speaker: David Dobson

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

The Digital Upscaler is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). It aims to support ambitious high growth businesses across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and Leicestershire by providing them with the knowledge, investment and capacity to scale-up through embracing new technologies.

Do you have;
A Digital Advantage - Are you already using digital technologies to drive growth or are open to exploring how they can benefit your business?

A Strong Vision - Are your people involved in and can they understand how they contribute towards the success and future of the business by embracing digital technology? Can they see personal development potential through strategic change?

A Solid Team - Does your management team share a desire for growth? Do they embrace challenges and empower teams to provide solutions and innovation? Are they aware of their team's capabilities and seek external support where needed?

A Documented Approach to Process - Can your business demonstrate consistent delivery of product and project? Do you maintain clear and accessible, value-driven processes? Investment in growth Does your business have the reserves and appetite to invest in growth. Do you invest in both technology and people? Do you make the most of research and development opportunities?  

If you have any of the above and want support and advice on how to move your growth plans forward, then this event is for you! 

Who should attend this awareness event?

SMEs that have experienced barriers to growth through lack of expertise in new technologies, staff resources or finance, or if you are a business already embracing digital technologies and want to take the next step to scale-up

This event is open to eligible SMEs located in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

What will we cover?

  • Overview of Digital Upscaler
  • Eligibility
  • Adviser-led support available
  • Grant opportunity
  • How to enrol

Who’ll be presenting this event?

This awareness session is delivered by the Chamber's Digital Upscaler Technology Adviser, David Dobson. 

There will also be a guest speaking slot from Dr Ismini Vasileiou covering:

  • The upcoming East Midlands Cyber Cluster to bring in new initiatives to support businesses increase cyber awareness and protection in the East Midlands 
  • The changing Digital Skills Landscape for businesses to access talent with digital skills
  • New digital skills courses being delivered by educators in the East Midlands

David Dobson

Digital Technology Adviser

David began his professional journey in IT support, as a certified Systems Engineer (Microsoft, Novell and Dell) and rapidly progressed into senior IT and project management roles. Over the last 20 years he’s been successfully working as a self-employed IT/Business Consultant, providing bespoke creative solutions to businesses throughout our region. But his talents don’t end there; as a certified Robbins-Madanes Life/Business Coach, he also brings a level of mindfulness and understanding around the needs of clients making use of these digital solutions.




Dr Ismini Vasileiou

Dr Ismini Vasileiou is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at De Montfort University and Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) at the School of Computer Science and Informatics. Dr Vasileiou enjoys working with employers to create courses that give learners the outcomes that employers need for their business. Dr Vasileiou has extensive leadership experience in the discipline of Computer Science and its related fields, from developing new courses at strategic level to managing and implementing the Degree Apprenticeships portfolio.

Dr. Vasileiou's research interests include Social Engineering, Security Education, Learning Analytics and Technology-supported Learning. Dr Vasileiou is regularly invited to deliver keynote presentations in relation to topics of Digital Transformation in Higher Education, Social Engineering and Cyber Education.


Here’s how simple it is to book your place

This event will be delivered online. To register for a place please complete the booking form. 

To attend this awareness session, your organisation must be located in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. If not already, you may be asked to complete an SME enrolment form prior to attending.

Once a place has been booked, a confirmation email with a joining link will be sent to you.

Any questions please speak to Events and Engagement Officer Kam Atker on 07971 403786, email:

This event is delivered by the East Midlands Chamber’s Digital Upscaler team and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Chamber.