“Why aren’t there more women in tech?”

Just last week we held a Women in Tech event in Lancaster in collaboration with Louiza from the Ladies Wine Design, Lancaster chapter.

As well as revealing a new brand identity for the Women in Tech group [thanks to Louiza!], there was also a panel discussion led by the woman herself, Louiza Rabouhi featuring Becky Lois Burns from Textile Candy, Rebecca Hull from Single Malt Design, Jane Roo and Claire Wilson from Graham & Brown. 

Located upstairs in The Herbarium – a recently restored building in Lancaster which attracts not only digital and creative professionals but also filmmakers, artists, students and yoga enthusiasts to name but a few, the evening began informally over wine, infused water and nibbles [don’t be fooled by the green avocado looking one – it was actually a pea smash…delicious!]

Moving through to an adjoining room there was an influx of people at the last minute, almost doubling the number of people in the room. A quick introduction from Mark about the role of Digital Lancashire, Louiza shared the new brand identity and then it was time to make a start on the panel discussion.

Prior to the event, we hoped the whole room would get involved in the discussions and it was great to see that happen so quickly. It became clear that there is a definite shift towards values-led working relationships regardless of gender or age but improvements still need to be made when it comes to flexi-time and remote working for everyone. The idea of reverse learning/mentoring came up in conversation and we’d be interested to know if anyone has taken part in this? Drop an email to hello@digital-lancashire.org.uk if you’re willing to share your experience. 

When asked about why there aren’t more women in ‘tech’, Rebecca pointed out how do we exactly define the word ‘tech’ as it is such a broad term. Louiza also wanted to reassure people not to be daunted by the word ‘tech’. What are your thoughts around the word ‘tech’ and why there aren’t more women in it?

If you weren’t able to come along to this event but would like to get involved in the future please join our group on Facebook. You can also follow Ladies, Wine & Design Lancaster on Instagram and Twitter.

If you did come along to event, we’d really appreciate your feedback. Please click here to complete the short form. 

Liz DigiEnable and Susanna Brilliant Trees Media

Lancashire Businesswomen Collaborate to Support Local Businesses with Online Skills

Liz Hardwick Co-Founder of Digital Training and Services company DigiEnable, and Susanna Boccaccio, Creative Director of production and events company Brilliant Trees Media have joined together to deliver a one-off workshop to showcase the collaboration possible between Digital and Creative businesses. Liz and Susanna are also on the boards of Digital Lancashire and Creative Lancashire respectively and see this workshop as an opportunity to open up more dialogue and collaboration between the sectors.

The female entrepreneurs are offering local business owners the opportunity to join them for a morning of learning in Preston on the 20th March, to explore how businesses can use video to promote themselves and increase their revenue through online marketing. The pair decided to run the event in March “as a month celebrating women, it felt like a fantastic time to come together and showcase what female business owners can do when they collaborate”.

Liz Hardwick said “Having a background in broadcasting I think it’s great to see more creative and digital sectors working together. There are so many crossovers with technology now, that working together seems like the best way to future proof business”. Susanna Boccaccio added “with so many businesses now realising Video is crucial to their marketing strategy, it’s great to work together to share with local businesses our expert knowledge in this area and how simple it can be to get started”.

The workshop will be running at Barton Grange Hotel in Preston on the 20th March 2019 10am-1pm and is open to all businesses and organisations who want to learn more about how video can help their sales and visibility online. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/onlinevidz

The Work of Lancashire’s Digital Skills Partnership

Another great blog by Kerry Harrison, Lancashire’s very own Digital Skills co-ordinator:


One of the many benefits of being a Local Digital Skills Partnership trailblazer is being able to take advantage of the introductions from DCMS to national partners such as Lloyds, Google, Microsoft and Cisco. These introductions lead to excellent collaborative opportunities which we take full advantage of to further our strategic aims and objectives.

Our Local DSP sits within the Skills and Employment Hub of the Lancashire LEP and is structured around Lancashire’s Skills and Employment Strategic Framework that encompasses four areas of work: the future workforce, the inclusive workforce and the skilled and productive workforce, all underpinned by a fourth dimension – ‘an informed approach’…

Read the rest of Kerry’s blog here.

Danbro Foundation

Danbro celebrate 20 years with the launch of the Danbro Foundation

Danbro, specialist accountants based in Lytham, Lancashire are celebrating their 20th year in business with the launch of the Danbro Foundation. A not-for-profit organisation devoted to improving the prospects and livelihoods of those who are less fortunate both locally and internationally.

IT Manager, Terry Glenister, who joined the company in 2011, is one of the Foundation’s committee members. Discussing his excitement about the Foundation’s launch, he’s confident that the organisation can ‘genuinely better the lives of other people.’

“Danbro has afforded me many opportunities to develop, both personally and professionally. So, when the chance arose to be part of the Danbro Foundation, I applied without hesitation,” he said. “As a member of the Foundation, I am able to be part of a team that can genuinely help better the lives of other people.”

Alongside the launch, an ‘in conversation’ video series with Damian and Helen Broughton was shared last month.  It featured insights about growing a business in Lancashire, why they started the business, insight behind business growth and visions and growth plans for the future – all of which is supported and endorsed by additional video soundbites from Danbro Directors, employees and clients. You can watch the videos by visiting their Facebook page.


InnovateHer set to redress the balance in the tech industry

“InnovateHer is pledging its commitment to assist more than 55 schools and reach over 1,000 girls by 2020.” This is a bold statement and wouldn’t it be great to have this national programme delivered in Lancashire?

InnovateHer, a social enterprise founded in Liverpool has now launched in 26 schools across the North West in 2018, will work with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to deliver an eight-week after-school programme in the region.

The programme is designed to encourage greater equality and diversity in technical roles by giving girls aged 12-16 access to the skills, self-belief and confidence to pursue a career in technology.

The full story can be read on the Business Cloud website by clicking here. 

Speaking to Business Cloud, Jo Morfee, co-founder of InnovateHer says;

“The InnovateHer team are simultaneously working with digital and tech companies through a membership and consultancy offer, to create more inclusive workplaces for the next generation to work within. It’s critical that young people are given the opportunity to learn key digital skills from an early age, as the majority of roles now require digital skills. We also have a gender gap in the industry – just 20 percent of tech roles in the North West are taken by women. That’s why we’re on a mission to change the narrative, because we believe that everyone, regardless of background or identity, should be given the opportunity to follow the path that they choose.

related story

InnovateHer is currently seeking industry mentors to help lead the programme, and business partners to help with delivery. Further details can be found by clicking here.