Tech Nation Report – We Need You !!!

Tech Nation Survey

Tech Nation needs your help! They need everybody who operates within the tech sector in the UK to share its voice in its annual survey.

Tech Nation 2016 provided the most detailed analysis to date of how the digital sector is driving economic growth, showcasing the innovation and energy of tech hubs across the UK.  The report was well received around the world and has become a beacon of information into the performance of 27 of the UK’s digital clusters.

The survey takes seven minutes to complete, and participating you will have the possibility of being featured as one of over 40 case studies in the Tech Nation 2017 report.

Deadline:  5th December 2016

Please help us get everybody in the region involved!

To help us raise awareness, please use the #digitallancs and #technation hashtags and let everyone know that you have taken part, by sharing on twitter/linkedin or facebook



Google Shopping Event With Dream Agility

If you are an agency or smaller retailer you too can benefit from Google award-winning ad technology. Come and see how at the launch of Dream Agility Lite and Dream Agility Chunky.

Building on the unrivalled results of its enterprise shopping platform, Ramsbottom-based Dream Agility will be unveiling a suite of tools designed specifically for agencies and smaller retailers on Friday, September 30th at 9:30am.

As their names suggest, Dream Agility Lite and Dream Agility Chunky are bite-sized versions of Dream Agility’s distinctive feed and bidding technologies platform that has facilitated striking improvements in sales performance for online retailers.

Motivated by the belief that such uplifts should be shared among businesses on tighter budgets, Dream Agility has developed compact and affordable modules that retain its trademark level of ad technology and exposure to selected online shopping platforms such as Google and Bing territories, eBay and Affiliate Window.

Dream Agility will also be presenting their latest Retail Report on avoiding the Cyber Week pitfalls that Google don’t tell you about. The report also contains a section for retailers with in-store purchasing (or “shops”) on how to take advantage of Google’s local inventory ads. So read all about it to safeguard a highly profitable winter 2016.

The launch event is being held in association with FinTech curators Rise Manchester. Coffee and pastries are provided by bean connoisseurs Grindsmith. Entry by ticket only, so register now to guarantee your place for free breakfast, top Google & Bing Shopping tips and a preview of new sales-busting tools.

The event also comes the week after Dream Agility won the Innovation Award at the Northern E-Commerce Awards 2016, so ensure you register to meet the best Northern innovators!

Stewart Townsend from Digital Lancashire will also be attending the launch event – so please come along to find out more about our organisation.

To register, please contact Andrew Bell on

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Digital Lancashire launches with free Founder Memberships

Digital Lancashire have launched free Founder Memberships for the first 100 eligible companies and individuals who sign up as a member.

Digital Lancashire is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company that has been established to shine a light on the digital sector in the county, whilst providing a focus for skills development, recruitment, support, engagement and collaborations.

The organisation is founded by six owners of digital companies in the Lancashire area, who have collaborated following their own personal experiences of working in and with businesses in the digital sector in the Lancashire area.

Stewart Townsend, Managing Director, Digital Lancashire said, “Having worked in the digital sector for over 15 years, I know how much businesses can benefit from collaboration and networking with like-minded companies to find and deliver work and with educational establishments to help discover and develop talent. Collectively we know how much more can be done to benefit each business, the sector as a whole and our local communities and the county.”

The mission is to provide support to both individuals and organisations working in or aspiring to work in the digital sector in Lancashire. This includes support with skills development, funding and investment, helping develop the right infrastructure, inward investment and business development to help member companies grow.

Digital can be a daunting, rapidly changing industry, the aim of Digital Lancashire is to create an experienced, informative and friendly community organisation who will share knowledge, experiences and information via events, mentoring, and support groups.

In addition to this, the organisation will be working with schools, colleges and universities to develop the wider strategy for developing digital skills and literacy in Lancashire, with the aim of introducing and retaining digital talent in the area.

Michael Gibson, Chair of Digital Lancashire and Director of Miralis Data in Lancaster adds, “The digital economy in Lancashire is booming with fantastic businesses including, amongst others, digital agencies, e-commerce companies, online software, big data and artificial intelligence. With the digital sector growing three times faster than the rest of the economy and pay 36% higher on average it is vital for Lancashire’s economy that we do everything possible to boost the digital sector.”

To find out more about Digital Lancashire, register as a free member to receive invites to exclusive events, industry information and insights, local business news and to of course support the development of Lancashire’s digital practitioners and businesses!

The first 100 sign ups will be recognised as Founder Members of the organisation, for as long as a continuous membership is maintained – this is applicable for both individual and corporate members and is free for the first 12 months. For more information, visit Benefits of Joining.

Digital Burnley

The Digital Burnley Pilot continues to be a be a success with our partners Burnley Bondholders and Burnley Council. The group has brought together over 60 businesses from across the area and helping to provide a forum to help shape the future of Burnley and the companies working in it.

Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have developed thriving digital cultures but, while we currently lag behind, Burnley has the facilities, skills and knowledge bases to compete.

Insight has been given by the group to help influence key decisions regarding future infrastructure projects as well as a forum for just having a beer or coffee to discuss working together or gaining insight from people that are further down the path.