BEIS Growth Hubs: Digital Day

Written by Gary Coyle, Head of Partnerships at Digital Leaders

Yesterday, Digital Leaders supported the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to host a Digital Day for the UK’s 39 Growth Hubs.

The morning focussed on digital strategies, the sharing of best practice and early stage successes experienced by Growth Hubs. Delegates heard from the GFirst LEP on the early successes of the Digital High Street project currently being piloted in Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham. Then we heard from the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub about their innovative “Greater Connected” programme. The final keynote of this session was the Black Country LEP sharing their experiences on the development of their online supply chain tool. After this, there were four breakout sessions hosted by BE Group, New Anglia LEP, London LEP and HMRC, all of which are using digital to improve their offer to their customers.

The afternoon theme focussed on Collaborative Partnerships – “Inspiring Innovations and Ideas”. We heard from Intel who spoke about the explosion in mobility and data and how this is already enabling the public and private sector to transform interactions with providers of services, customers and citizens. Then was Nominet who used their research and insights to share how best to understand the drivers that help make it attractive and compelling for small local businesses to develop their digital skills and get online. Microsoft also shared how in collaborating with Growth Hubs and LEPs, they are driving productivity, efficiencies to help connect to regional SMEs to help them grow.  And finally, Google’s talk discussed how collaborative partnerships with a number of Growth Hubs and LEPs have enabled them to offer their Google Digital Garage initiative through a number of city libraries and other locations.

The final three breakout sessions were from Axelos, highlighting the worrying and growing emergence of cyber-crime, Scale Up Institute, showcasing their scale up map and tool and Do it Digital, who used their extensive campaign experience to share advice, guidance and best practice on how best to mobilise and motivate a local/regional community to get the most out of what a Growth Hub offers.

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Digital Leaders are pleased to support BEIS with their Growth Hub Digital Day. We recognise the growing importance of the Growth Hub network and its vital work in supporting its regional SMEs to enable UK plc to continue its upward growth trajectory. However, the Growth Hub network needs support, with funding only committed by Government until 2018, Growth Hubs need to build collaborative and innovative solutions with the private sector and regional stakeholders that will provide not only a compelling proposition for the regional small business but also a commercial return for the Growth Hub that is sustainable over the longer term. Digital Leaders are well placed with our existing partners and nationwide stakeholders to help them achieve their ambition.

For further information on Growth Hubs, visit the LEPs page or watch the recent DLTV episode here:

Digital Leaders also host and chair a LEP Digital group that meet quarterly and focus on important digital transformation topics. The next meeting is on the 11th October at GFirst Growth Hub looking at the Digital High Street initiative being piloted in the region. For more information, please email me at [email protected]

Digital Leaders are always on the lookout for great thought leaders and innovators to share their insights, so if you would like to know more about how you can add value and engage with the LEPs and Growth Hubs in the future, please email me via [email protected]

Presentations from the Growth Hubs: Digital Day

– In order of appearance – 

Accelerating the Evolution of the High Street – Dr Diane Savory OBE, Chair, GFirst LEP & Polly Barnfield OBE, Founder and CEO of Maybe*


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Greater Connected: Equipping the Digital, Creative & Tech industries to thrive through collaboration and community – Katie Peate, Head of Digital, Creative and Technology, Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub


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Online Supply Chain Tool: Sharing the Early Findings – Isobel Woods, Head of Enterprise, City Economy, Black Country LEP


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Breakout session 3: Using digital transformation to achieve long-term sustainability – Jamie Izzard, Senior Manager, London Enterprise Panel & Marianne Whitfield, Managing Director, Cobweb Information


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Breakout session 4: HMRC Digital Direction – Supporting Small Business – Ruth Mackman, Senior Strategy Advisor, Small Business Team, HMRC


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Unleashing the benefits of the Digital Economy – Ian Jones, General Manager, Intel


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Nominet: Bridging the digital divide – Neil Dagger, Senior Marketing Manager, Nominet


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Digital Transformation: Driving business productivity through collaboration – Lee Frater, Head of Strategic Influencer Partnerships, Microsoft


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Google Digital Garage – Itay Haber, Head of Marketing, Google UK


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Breakout 1: Do it digital – digital is reaching the parts others cannot – Michelle Ovens, CEO, Do It Digital


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Breakout 2: Growth and security in a digital world: your critical human factor – Nick Wilding, Head of Cyber Resilience Best Practice, Axelos


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BEIS Growth Hubs Digital Day

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