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    North of England Excellence – Digital Conference 2015

    Start date: 24/03/2015
    Cost: See Information in Article

    Learn from leaders how digital strategies enhance business performance and how digital can grow your business

    Technology is now the key driver if businesses are to be innovative and grow.  The North West is a hotbed of digital technology companies and we will hear from the region’s most forward-thinking technology providers about the latest technologies that are available and how they can impact on your business.

    Jonathan Bowers, Managing Director, UKFast – More information to follow

    Garfield Southall, Associate Dean, University of Chester
    Will speak about Cyber Security – keeping your Business Secure” a summary of the latest security challenges and how best to protect your business, and yourself, from unwanted intrusion.

    09:00                 Registration and Networking Opportunity
    09:30                 David Teale, Chief Executive, North of England Excellence
    09:35                 Jonathan Bowers, Managing Director, UKFast
    10:05                 Workshop 1 – Duration 1 hour

    Futureproofing your business through digital technology

    This interactive presentation will cover: ICT Strategy for SMEs – what is recognised as best practice and what should you consider A whistle stop tour of cloud computing reviewing online services such as Office 365 & Microsoft Azure Delivered by – Graham Fern on behalf of Connecting Cheshire Superfast Business

    Graham Fern – Technical Director, Axon IT After a career that began with mainframe IT systems and went on to include a 14 year stint with the RAF handling technical military hardware and advanced computer-driven simulators, Graham Fern founded Axon in 2001 along with business partner Mike Agutter. With a third director, Tim Mears, now on board Axon has found its place as a cloud computing specialists.

    Axon IT Founded in 2001, Axon specialises in the design, implementation, troubleshooting and provision of business-focused end-to-end cloud computing solutions. Based in Macclesfield, Cheshire Axon utilises its expertise as a Microsoft Gold Partner and Microsoft Cloud Accelerate Partner to enable the provision of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, VoIP telephony, data backup, connectivity, IT security and technical support to customers across the North West.

    Workshop / Presentation 2 – Duration 1 hour
    Digital marketing to support business growth

    Delivered by – Annie Bannister on behalf of Connecting Cheshire Superfast Business This interactive presentation will cover: Social Media for business – how this can help you retain and grow your business Advice on how to maximise marketing performance on search engines, specifically using SEO and PPC.

    Annie Bannister – Director – WSI Annie is based in Altrincham and is passionate about helping local businesses use the internet to grow their business. A former Global Marketing Director, Annie has worked in marketing for over 20 years and has immense knowledge of internet marketing. Annie delivers  tailored workshops on Social Media, Creating a Digital Marketing Plan, Email Marketing, Turning Clicks into customers, PPC and Search Engine Marketing.

    WSI We Simplify The Internet is the world largest Internet Consultancy, headquartered in Canada with 1,500 offices worldwide

    11:15                 Garfield Southall, Associate Dean, University of Chester  “ Cyber Security – Keeping your Business Secure”
    11:45                 Lunch & Networking Opportunity
    12:30                Close

    Mar 24, 2015

    International Business Centre, Delta Crescent, Warrington WA5 7WQ

    Workshop led by:
    North of England Excellence

    £75.00 +VAT per Joint NoEE / BQF Members
    £85.00 +VAT per BQF, NECC, LCCI, MCCI, Trinity Club and NW Auto Alliance
    £95.00 +VAT per Non-members

    Further Information & Bookings

    For further information or to make a booking please call 01925 715245 or email:

    All NoEE training events can be organised in house. Contact or call 01925 715245 for more info.


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