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Digital showcase event heads to Rushcliffe to boost local business


Businesses are being invited to a showcase event being held in Rushcliffe next month as part of a partnership project designed to help grow the local economy.


Funded by Rushcliffe Borough Council and delivered by the Chamber and Rushcliffe Business Partnership, the free event will focus on some of the latest developments in digital technology – helping companies better connect with their customers and drive sales and productivity.


With around 100 free places available at the all-day event on 28 September, businesses from Rushcliffe and the wider Nottinghamshire area are being urged not to miss out.


It is being run as part of the D2N2 Digital Growth Programme that provides dedicated support and grants to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) located in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottingham, and runs until June 2019.


John Collins, Chair of Rushcliffe Business Partnership, urged local SMEs to take advantage of the expertise and knowledge which will be shared on the day.


He said: “The world of digital technology and marketing moves on so quickly and it can be daunting – particularly for smaller firms – to keep up. But it is crucial that businesses stay ahead of the game to ensure they are well-placed to grow and innovate and, ultimately, contribute to a thriving local economy.”


The event, which is being held at Rushcliffe Arena, will feature expert speakers focusing on three key areas; what is new in the world of online search, the latest trends in social media and how businesses can make the best use of the data they hold to deliver products and services to their customers.


There will be opportunities to connect with like-minded businesses, including a networking breakfast sponsored by Rushcliffe Business Partnership – kicking the day off from 8am.


Cllr Simon Robinson, Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: “Supporting the local economy and increasing skills and knowledge - within our small and medium businesses in particular – is a top priority for us.


“This is a great example of key partners coming together to do our best for business and I don’t doubt we will see a full house on the day to take advantage of this really positive opportunity.”


The Digital Growth Programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It has so far engaged with almost 1,430 SMEs across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire, with over £2.2m of grant projects being delivered to help SMEs use new technology within their business to increase productivity – with aspirations to deliver £4.5m.


Diane Beresford, Deputy Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “We are lucky to have so many expert consultants working with us which means, together with funding from Rushcliffe Borough Council and support from Rushcliffe Business Partnership, we are able to stage an excellent line up that will be of great value to attendees.


“Time and time again businesses tell us how much they take away from the workshops and events that we run – not just thinking about the high-level strategy, but gaining some really practical and low-cost ideas that they can put into practice easily.


“We are certainly looking forward to this event and are delighted to be working in partnership to support the local business community.”


For full details of the event and to book a place visit www.d2n2-digital.co.uk/RBPdigitalFor information about the programme and the range of free support available go to www.d2n2-digital.co.uk.