Date: 23rd November 2021
DKE Meet the Experts – December 2021
Thursday 9th December 2021, 1-hour appointments available 9am-4.30pm
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Booking Deadline: Wednesday 1st December 2021
The DKE Meet the Experts returns on Thursday 9th December 2021. The event is organised by the Digital Knowledge Exchange and is a one-day opportunity to receive expert one-to-one consultations on the digital challenges faced by your business.
In this article, you will be able to read more about the experts who are providing support to businesses on the day. They share our passion for encouraging businesses to do more with digital technology to drive productivity, competitiveness and ultimately business growth.
What can DKE Meet the Experts do for your business?
“Really positive experience, it’s great to be able to talk one to one to someone with a depth of knowledge who helps you immediately in the areas you need help” – Dermot Butler
“I have attended two of the DKE Virtual Meet the Experts and they are excellent. Relaxed atmosphere, friendly whilst being extremely informative. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it! – Joan Webb, JW Design
“The DKE Meet the Experts are always excellent and offer high-quality experts who are willing to share their expertise with you and help your business grow.” – Debra Samuel
“Connor and Jack of Assured Marketing gave me some great ideas and information around the questions I had about digital marketing. They’ll be easy to put into practice in my business. Thank you guys.” – anon
“The Virtual Meet the Experts Day was very helpful and I was extremely happy that I was able to speak to my ‘first choice mentor’. The advice has been extremely useful and we will be implementing the suggestions straight away.” – Nicole Szekeres Fusion Products Co Ltd
Meet the Experts
Andrew Clayton helps businesses move online with business-focused websites that get results for their clients. Andrew’s background, however, is in building networks and financial systems for business up to and including Airlines, Chemical companies and Hotel chains. Before launching Visible Thoughts Andrew was ‘building the bits of the internet that the internet is built on’, so he can bring a lot of in-depth knowledge to the table that many businesses would not usually have access to.
With experience in finance too, Andrew looks at a project from the business side, which gives a pretty unique view with both a technology and business head. Helping a business go from concept, through branding, design and then taking it all online using proven business principles and concepts is what he is passionate about. Many of Andrew’s projects involve integrating a company’s website into their business model to ensure that they become more efficient while moving their business online. With experience in all sizes of business, Andrew loves nothing more than helping business owners better understand the opportunities technologies offer for them.
Andrew founded Ascensor in 2007, one of Leeds’ leading digital agencies.
Andrew is a digital transformation expert, advising businesses in using technology for growth, he’s operated in the digital sector since 2001.
Andrew prides himself in being able to support businesses from start-up to PLC in the areas of online software development (websites, apps, PWA’s) and digital marketing (SEO, PPC, CRO, Data). Whether you need support with Ecommerce, Lead Generation or Brand Building, he can help.
If you’re just getting started, or looking to grow, come and discuss your plans with Andrew and learn from a seasoned digital expert.
Claire is CEO of Trio Media, an award winning digital marketing agency based in Leeds. Claire has more than 12 years working in strategic, international marketing and co-hosts two podcasts.
Trio Media is a fully integrated digital marketing agency based in Leeds and providing website design, SEO, PPC, social media, branding, and creative and lead generation services. They work with clients across the UK to drive business growth through digital marketing and web design, with clients including Lily Comms, Omniya Clinic and eSales Hub.
Co-Founder and Director of Assured Marketing Connor Hewson is an experienced operations manager and driven sales and marketing professional. Working in sales for FTSE 100 companies such as British Telecoms. He has also worked in Social Media Marketing for a number of small businesses locally and has also previously managed effective marketing campaigns for businesses in the Private Healthcare Sector. Specialising in Pay-Per-Click Advertising (PPC)
David has spent fourteen years working in the Telecoms industry, specialising in internet connectivity services and cloud telephony. David currently works for Exa Networks, an independent Internet Service Provider that specialises in high speed, fibre optic internet services, security and bespoke solutions for business and education sector clients.
Janet is a highly regarded social media marketing trainer, speaker and consultant.
One of only 25 Accredited Facebook #SheMeansBusiness Trainers in the UK and works with Facebook through Enterprise Nation. Janet is a certified Facebook Blueprint Digital Marketing Associate and a badged Facebook Trainer for Facebook Blueprint.
Recognised as one of Enterprise Nation’s top 50 UK Growth Advisers in 2015 and has over 15 years’ experience in business and enterprise support.
Janet & her team support SMEs and larger corporates with social media marketing, strategy and planning, social advertising campaigns, social media management, in-house and open social media workshops, 1:1 social media training, social media onboarding and digital reviews.
Social Progress were Regional Finalists for the Chamber Awards in November 2017 in the category of ‘Best Use Of Social Media’ and finalists at the National UK Blog Awards in 2016 & 2017, under the category of ‘Social Media, Marketing, PR & Comms’.
John Burgess is part of the specialist Cloud Accounting team at Sagars and first started using cloud accounting software over 9 years ago, one of the first in the UK. Sagars are a leading accountancy practice in the tech space who are often asked to speak at accountancy conferences.
They regularly support other accountancy practices who are unable to offer the level of expertise within the cloud accounting space. This begins with core products like Xero & QuickBooks, but then leads into the extremely comprehensive (and always growing) AppStack, which can feature products to help with a huge variety of business processes. This can be anything from getting paid more quickly, managing your workload & team, tracking complex stock processes and much, much more.
“We are all technology businesses these days, and embracing automation is the key to staying ahead of (or possibly even keeping up with) your competition. Don’t get left behind.”
Jonathan is currently the co-owner of Northern Media, a successful Google accredited digital marketing agency, established in 2009. Prior to that, Jonathan had various senior sales and account management roles, within the advertising, telecoms and software sectors, both in the UK and across Europe.
Today, Jonathan’s role at Northern Media is overseeing the business development and account management teams. With a hands-on approach, Jonathan plays an active role in shaping clients marketing strategies, putting together marketing budgets, producing business cases, return on investment analysis, campaign performance analysis and relationship building. Jonathan is also a strategic growth coach and has been providing coaching as part of the ‘Business Resilience Programme’, to help business owners develop marketing strategies to bounce back from COVID-19
Merewyn works with small businesses on their marketing strategy through coaching, consultation and training. Often referred to as ‘virtual marketing department’, helping businesses to do what they do best. Merewyn is an Area Leader for the Federation of Small Businesses, Founder of the HD8 Network, Trustee at the Friends of CHaT Parks, Director of Clayton West Community Hub and at the heart of everything she does is Sayers Solutions.
Rachel’s social media career was somewhat unexpected and began back in 2008 when she decided to take her first business online.
With a background in advertising, marketing, sales and having been a shareholding director in a Leeds based ad agency, Rachel still found the whole “online” transition a challenge. At the same time, she also found it truly fascinating and very quickly became totally engrossed with what businesses could achieve without having to pay agency prices!
Fast forward to today, Rachel not only trains businesses how to use Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter effectively, she also helps with the management of social media accounts, conducts social media audits, builds websites, helps with lead generation, general marketing and trains on the likes of blogging, automation, Mailchimp, content creation and strategy too.
Rachel does all of this through various methods including live group workshops, private 1-2-1’s in person or via Zoom, in-house group or team training, online video courses, private Facebook groups and speaks at public events.
Rachel’s main focus has always been to help businesses across the UK demystify and use social media effectively to help increase their visibility, sales and profits in a non-jargon, friendly, approachable and affordable way. Find more information about Rachel Moore Social Media here.
To take part in the DKE Meet the Experts event your business will need to be registered to the Digital Knowledge Exchange.
To register your business please call 0113 426 0535 or email email@example.com
If you are unsure of your registration status please call 0113 426 0535 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is free of charge to Leeds city region businesses. Businesses must have been registered from March 2020. Businesses with less than 12h business support received will be prioritised for appointments.