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.

Digital Lancaster: Summer Lightning Talks (at The Borough)

Launching Digital Preston (on Thursday March 22nd)

On Thursday March 22nd, at UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio in Preston, Digital Lancashire is launching our Digital Preston city hub.

Digital Lancashire was set up to help accelerate the digital economy in our county. We recently created city hubs in Digital Lancaster and Digital Burnley.

We are now about to set up the Digital Preston hub and we want your voice to help shape the roadmap ahead.

Preston has a thriving economy and is a beacon for the region. There is exceptional digital and tech talent here in our city. But there is also a real need to rejuvenate the town, grow and develop skills, and attract and keep the right staff and personnel.

We need fully to understand Preston’s challenges so that we can future-proof our city and truly thrive as a regional digital centre of excellence.

Join us on March 22nd for discussion, networking, food & drink.

Help us to launch Digital Preston and set the agenda for Preston’s digital future.

Book your FREE tickets via Eventbrite.


4-4.30pm: Reception

4.30-5.30pm: Introduction to Digital Preston

5.30-6.30pm: Workshops.
Ideally, 4 or 5 groups of around 10 people. After 30 mins, we’ll reconvene to collect, collate and share feedback.

6:30 – 7pm: Closing remarks, next meeting

7pm – 8:00pm: Networking

Five weeks to go until Prolific North Live 2018

There are just five weeks to go until Prolific North Live, set to be the biggest marketing expo outside London in 2018, so make sure you register now for free.

The two-day expo will again be hosted at Event City in Trafford Park, Manchester, on February 28th and March 1st.

More details on the event and how to register over on the Prolific North website.

eCommCon comes to Lancaster

Magento development and hosting specialists Nublue are bringing together some of the eCommerce industry’s leading names at an event in Lancaster next month.

eCommCon, a brand new event, is aimed at established eCommerce businesses interested in practical tips and advice on how to improve online conversions.

The event, which is supported by Digital Lancashire, will take place at The Storey in Lancaster on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Expert speakers will include representatives from Dotmailer, Brightpearl, Nosto, Feefo, Temando, Loyalty Lion, RapidSpike and Barclaycard, with keynotes from CRO agency Endless Gain.

Katherine Bell, senior partnerships and events executive at Nublue, said: “There are so many successful ecommerce businesses in our region, but typically they have to travel to London to attend this kind of event. We have a great family of partners who can really add new thoughts and insights to these businesses so we wanted to bring some of them together to inspire more local businesses.”

Tony Lacey

Tony Lacey interview: more money, more time, less stress

On the 30th November, Digital Roundtable, the leading event for digital agency owners and senior management, is coming to Lancaster. The event will take place between 5.30 to 8pm at The Borough.

Together with partners MyAccountancyPlace, Digital Roundtable helps digital agencies optimise their work, improve profitability and thrive through learning from experts and engaging with peers.

This month’s meeting will kick off with a keynote entitled More money, more time, less stress from the excellent and inspiring Tony Lacey.

There’s a great interview with Tony Lacey, over on the MyAccountancyPlace website:

“My name is Tony Lacey. I am the Founder and Managing Partner of Clarity Business People. At Clarity, we work with private enterprise businesses, motivating and energising clients around maximising the return on their business investments. We work with our clients and their teams to provide clear commercial and cultural initiatives designed to accelerate specific outcomes for owners and their businesses. The key is to address these initiatives in the right balance as they build the business towards the vision they set out to achieve.”

Read the rest of the Tony Lacey interview.

Register now for the Digital Roundtable in Lancaster on November 30.

Relative Insight are Tech North Northern Stars winners

Four months of intense competition came to a head at the Tech North Northern Stars grand final last Friday. 20 finalists pitched at the well-attended event which was hosted by Tech North’s Martin Bryant. Then four experienced judges (Suzanne Ashman of LocalGlobe, James Foster of ADV, Sarah Turner of Angel Academe and prolific investor Keith Wallington) selected the 10 deserving winners of this year’s competition…

And Lancaster’s Relative Insight was one of the winners! Congratulations to everyone at Relative Insight for all their hard work and innovation.

Relative Insight help brands choose the best language to use with their target audience: “using comparative language analysis to help marketers discover real insights and turn them into communication.”

Read more over on the Tech North blog.

Bay Business Angels focus on local businesses and entrepreneurs

The Bay’s own “Dragons’ Den”, Bay Business Angels, has hosted its second event in a continuing series of their new investment network, which has been set up in the Bay area by local business advisors.

There were five pitching businesses on the day with over 60% of them receiving investment offers, some more than one. This type of event usually attracts only 10% of investment – marking the Bay Business Angels event a huge success.

The investment meeting was held on 19 September, which was attended by over 60 invited guests. Pitches came from:-

Bee Industrious Ltd – A market research agency using big data mining techniques
Beer Hunter Ltd – Introducing a new way of buying craft beer wherever you live
Select Salvage Ltd – Supplier of top quality guaranteed used car parts
Simply Modular Ltd – A new form of low cost housing production
Mello Ltd – A fast growing new soft drink and organic food business.

There were also key speakers at the event from accountants CLB Coopers, whose tax experts discussed the key tax issues to be considered when investing in a business venture.

Read more…

Post-Brexit Q&A Session To Be Held In Lancaster For EU Nationals

A special question & answer session is being held in Lancaster on Wednesday, the 18th of October from 6pm, about EU citizens’ rights to stay in the UK after Brexit.

It’s being hosted by the European Union Mobile Citizens group, which was set up to provide guidance for EU nationals after the referendum.‎

“The right to stay in the UK for EU citizens” Q&A will take place at Lancaster Town Hall.

A solicitor from Simpson Millar LLP will be on hand to answer questions about permanent residency and British citizenship, as well as outlining the options available to stay in the UK.

The event is being co-hosted with Lancaster City Council.

You can register your interest in the event on Facebook here, and keep up to date with further Q&A sessions here.

Councillor Oscar Thynne, who is helping to organise the event, said: “As such a diverse country, the result of the European Union Referendum has caused great uncertainty for a large number of our community. In collaboration with Migrants Rights Network, we are working hard to support the wider Lancaster community by providing this free Q&A session.”

Via The Bay

Over 2,400 attend region’s biggest ever eCommerce expo

Over 2,400 attendees, 106 exhibitors and sponsors, 71 speakers… the world of eCommerce was out in force for a superb eCommerce Show North last week.

An incredible array of companies, organisations and individuals were at Event City for the inaugural expo, the largest ever gathering of its type outside London.

Whether platforms, payments, analytics, security, marketing, hosting, logistics, mobile, psychology, hardware or innovation was your interest, eCommerce Show North 2017 had something to offer.

Read more at Prolific North