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University experts keen to connect with Lincolnshire businesses

21st November 2014
University experts keen to connect with Lincolnshire businesses

Onlincolnshire and the University of Lincoln are inviting businesses to get up to speed with the fast-paced world of digital technology.

They’re holding a workshop at the university’s Lincolnshire Leadership and Management Centre (LLMC) on 2nd December to highlight the opportunities for growth and the support that is available to businesses at the university.

Led by Professor Ted Fuller the discussions will focus on the benefits of superfast broadband and how businesses can tap in to the skills and expertise of academics and researchers working at the university.

“We want to support local businesses,” explained Professor Fuller, “by helping them to harness the power of superfast broadband and the opportunities it provides for innovation and growth.  In a digital economy, every business has to rethink and reorganise their approaches to business, just to stay in the game.

“The university’s academics are keen to share their knowledge and expertise and I would urge people who plan to take their business to the next level to come along to the workshop and explore ways to realise their potential.

“It is worth pointing out, however, that this is not a one-off event but rather the start of a longer term project to develop a network of small and medium-sized enterprises who are forward-thinking broadband users.”

Stuart McFarlane from Onlincolnshire is one of the speakers lined up for the event. He says Lincolnshire businesses need to embrace new technology.

“To avoid being left behind their competitors county firms need to get up to speed with the digital world and there’s a lot of support available to help them do so,” explained Stuart.

“Besides this workshop which is being run by the university, Lincolnshire County Council’s Onlincolnshire project offers a range of fully-funded courses in online marketing, ecommerce and social media which are free to attend.

“It has also set up five Lincolnshire Technology Hubs in Mablethorpe, Louth, Horncastle, Boston and Lincoln which are home to a wide range of digital equipment including 3D printers, cameras, laser cutters and a milling machine.

“Businesses can use the technology for free with just a small charge for materials and access free support and advice so there’s really no excuse for being left behind.”

Although the workshop is free, places are limited so booking is essential. For more information or to reserve your place please contact Jane Deville on 01522 835562 or email jdeville@lincoln.ac.uk