Get Digital – Survive or Thrive

Representatives from EIC and BTC were in attendance at Get Digital – Survive or Thrive – an event held at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale by the Marches Growth Hub.

The event was all about enabling local businesses to find out all they need to know about how new technologies are changing the way we work.

The day began with a keynote speech by Bruce Daisley, the head of the European arm of Twitter. In an interesting and informative talk he detailed how he arrived at his current position, and also his opinions on what a productive and healthy workplace should be like.

Bruce was then joined on stage by local business leaders and academics, including Tim Luft, head of former BTC tenants VR Simulation, for a Q&A session.

Later in the day, there was an expo and also workshops for people to benefit from the knowledge of tech-savvy industry professionals. These included Web Development by Nick Carr of Focus Digital and also Smartphone Videos for Business by Stone’s Throw Media.

All in all, it was an extremely informative day and an important way of keeping the region’s businesses informed and engaged with current and future digital technologies.

Wanted: Leading Businesswomen to Drive Region’s Growth

The region’s leading businesswomen are being urged to step forward and play their part in driving the area’s economic growth.

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has vacancies for two new board members and says it is particularly keen to hear from excellent female business leaders who can play a key role in helping  to drive economic growth in the area and contribute actively to the board’s effective governance.

The LEP – which covers Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – says women are currently under-represented on its board as are the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Marches LEP director Gill Hamer said it was crucial that the make-up of the LEP reflected the diversity of talent across the region.

“It is vital that we properly reflect the communities we serve and we are therefore very keen to improve gender equality on our board,” said Gill.

Applicants should have a strong knowledge or expertise in the region’s industry and either live or work in the Marches.

The board meets six times a year and membership will be for a minimum of two years on a voluntary basis.

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Round Software Take On KEEN Graduate

Tenants at the Business and Technology Centre, Round Software, have recently taken on a University of Wolverhampton graduate via the Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise Network (KEEN). This is a graduate recruitment programme designed to give bright and talented graduates a platform to launch their careers, while gaining valuable business skills.

The software development firm have been located on the Telford campus for seven years and started with only one person. They have grown steadily in the intervening years and have now reached a level where they can offer this fantastic opportunity to graduate Eishpal Mattu.

Owner and founder of Round Software, Joe Hormenoo said: “We are always looking for talented people that can offer us fresh ideas and bring something new to the company. We are really pleased to have taken on Eishpal, and the academic support that has come with collaborating with the University and KEEN is a real bonus.”

Eishpal said: “I have been supported all the way through and provided with opportunities to improve my skills and knowledge. I have gained a better understanding of system analysis which in turn has helped me become a better software developer. Keen and Round Software have given me an opportunity that has changed my life for the better and given me a career path that will present many opportunities now and in the future.”

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