We all need to embrace the digital revolution or risk being left behind. This was the key message of the Enterprise M3 Annual Conference that took place in Woking on Wednesday, 11 November 2015.
The theme of this year’s sell-out event was “Seizing the opportunities of the digital age” and it featured a range of national and local speakers - including James Wharton MP, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse and Allister Frost, a leading speaker on the future of marketing in the digital age – all looking at the opportunities and challenges businesses face as a result of the fast-changing digital landscape and what they need to do to ensure they aren’t left behind as a result of these changes.
A key element of the sell-out event at the HG Wells Conference Centre in Woking was the the launch of a new study, the Enterprise M3 Digital Technologies Report, which identified the Enterprise M3 area as one of the most productive and fastest growing digital economies in the UK. (See key findings below)
The report highlights the fact that the Enterprise M3 area is home to significant clusters of successful companies – including games, cyber security, aerospace and defence, automotive, digital media and telecommunications companies – that are all underpinned by the strength of its digital technologies sector. However, the report also warns that there was no room for complacency and the Enterprise M3 digital economy needs ongoing support and investment from both the public and private sector in order to remain internationally competitive.
Kathy Slack, Executive Director of Enterprise M3, said she was keen to capture the enthusiasm and vitality generated by this year’s conference and announced the formation of new Digital Task Force to take forward the opportunities and tackle some of the challenges still facing the region.
Kathy Slack commented: “It is clear from the Digital Technologies Report and today’s event that the scale of opportunity offered to the Enterprise M3 area by the fast-changing digital landscape is tremendous and that all organisations, whether in the private, public or not-for-profit sector, need to maximise their digital potential or risk being left behind.
“We, as a LEP, are fully committed to supporting our area’s business community and helping it embrace the digital revolution. We would encourage all digital businesses who are passionate about driving this agenda forward to get involved. Collaboration between businesses and between the sectors is key if we want to ensure our ongoing success as a key digital economy at both the national and international level.”
Photos of the day can be viewed at http://ow.ly/UA5t2