Date: 27th June 2017
We are excited to announce that plans are now taking place to launch the new Digital Knowledge Exchange. The programme will officially launch to businesses at a conference in September but you’ll start to see elements of the programme being rolled out from July 2017.
The Digital Knowledge Exchange is a key component of the Digital Enterprise business support programme and will target growing eligible small to medium sized businesses in the Leeds city region. It will offer entrepreneurs and managers access to knowledge, expertise and advice on deploying digital solutions to help them develop their business.
As a result of participating in the programme, businesses will become much more aware of how to use digital channels and solutions to grow their business and will become more confident about making an investment in the most appropriate digital solution/s that supports their development goals and aspirations.
Businesses will have access to their own Digital Knowledge Exchange online account which includes access to a digital audit, the ability to register for relevant workshops and conferences, access to mentors and digital champions, as well as best practice content and guidance, webinars and live Q&As.
The Digital Audit is an online assessment of a business’s online presence and technological needs, supported by a dedicated digital advisor and the creation of a personalised action plan with recommendations and supporting guidance and resources.
The programme will deliver 36 workshops delivered on a range of topics including; designing your ideal enterprise, customer service in a digital age, content and video marketing, designing your 2017-2018 social and digital marketing strategy and more. All workshops will include the important cross cutting themes of technological connectivity, cloud computing, data analytics and governance and risk.
The programme will deliver 4 large digital and technology focused conferences; including workshops from industry experts, one to one mentoring, live demonstrations and access to suppliers. Dedicated mentoring support will be available to 50 businesses, offering confidence boosting help via a mixture of face to face, online and telephone mentoring.
The programme is set to support a minimum of 400 businesses with 12 hours of dedicated support over the next 22 months. During July, the project team will begin raising awareness of the scheme across the Leeds City Region and start to roll out the audit and digital advisory support. Details of the official launch event for businesses, which will take place in mid to late September 2017, will follow shortly.
Beth Hewitt, Senior Project Manager for the Digital Knowledge Exchange is keen seek interest from businesses, partners, trainers and suppliers who would like to get involved in various aspects of the programme. You can contact Beth via email email@example.com