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Digital Leaders SME Conference 2019

February 12 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


The SME Conference 2019 will bring together those in the public sector leading support for SMEs with a group of large corporates and specialist providers giving support to SMEs. There will be keynotes from Ministers, the latest innovations from the main stage, a chance to meet some of the most inspirational programmes, lots of networking and an active exhibition all hosted at the latest accelerators in the North West, “The Landing”.

Industry support for SME Transformation is being led by large corporates from the tech and banking sectors who provide support both in large national programmes like training platforms and at their points of contact with SMEs, but are all business organisations fully aligned in this journey?
Government support programmes are rolling out across the UK with business support and skills programmes delivered by a wide range of agencies and arms length organisations including the charity sector, but is this the right support and sustainable?
Start-up and innovation programmes are giving the push and acceleration that digital start-ups need. We will meet some of the very best.



Thread one: National Strategy
9.30 Keynote: Building the digital capability and skills of our SME sector
10.30 Panel Discussion: Change is hard – Supporting transformation
10.40 Fireside Chat
11:00 Morning Coffee
Thread two: SME Innovation
11.30 Keynote: Innovation in Birmingham
12.10 Panel Discussion: Innovative spaces
12.40 Fireside chat
13.00. Lunch Break
 Thread three: SME Skills
14.00 Keynote: The skills agenda for SMEs
15.00 Panel session
15.40 Fireside Chat
16.00 Chairs Closing Remarks


Digital Leaders


Social 7 at The Landing 7th Floor
Social 7 at The Landing 7th Floor, Blue Tower, MediaCityUK
Salford, Greater Manchester M50 2ST United Kingdom
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0161 686 5500
  • Accelerating Dorset's digital economy
  • Silicon South is an ambitious not-for-profit organisation
  • The best place for digital and creative organisations to thrive
  • Accelerating Dorset's digital economy

  • Silicon South is an ambitious not-for-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the digital economy in Dorset – one of the fastest growing creative and digital hubs in Europe.

  • We deliver projects, manage investment, nurture new talent, and encourage cross-industry collaboration to make Dorset the best place for digital and creative organisations to thrive.