Canterbury tech event – Digibury Weekender – seeks partnerships with local businesses

WHAT: Digibury Weekender conference
WHEN: 17 October 2015
FROM: 10:00am – 4:30pm
WHERE: The Gulbenkian Theatre on the campus of the University of Kent, Canterbury

Hot on the heels of the brilliant Digibury Weekender/2014, Canterbury-headquartered digital agency Deeson again sponsors this conference that considers technology issues of interest to people in the arts, business, government, the third sector, and education. The over-arching theme of the day is “Has technology made the world a better place? Have we lost the human in the rush?”. The Arts Council is a co-sponsor this year and The Kentish Gazette, Kent Online, and KMFM of the Kent Messenger Group are our Regional Media Partners.

Tickets are priced at £25 and available for purchase online at

Robin Ince – comedian, writer and co-host of BBC R4’s Infinite Monkey Cage – returns as the host for the day.

This event is not-for-profit and we are looking to partner with local businesses which provide support services to the digital and creative industries to enable us to continue to keep the event as inclusive as possible. The Digibury Weekender audience is a highly engaged and eclectic mix of entrepreneurs, creatives, technologists and marketeers. Partnering with Digibury Weekender offers a unique opportunity for a local business to position itself at the leading edge of digital change and set themselves apart as thought-leaders and innovators.

Throughout the day, we’ll be exploring how digital has made people, communities and nations more inclusive – as well as challenging this notion by looking at where new barriers are emerging through technology. Topics include the impact of Artificial Intelligence on our lives; the need for businesses to develop ‘tech ethics’; how crowdfunding has changed options for artists and executives; what activity tracking and the “quanitifed self” really teach us about ourselves and what the future really does – might – hold for us all…

We anticipate a large turnout because this is an extension of the Digibury programme, a monthly meet-up for Kent’s digital and creative minds.

Tim Deeson, Managing Director of sponsor Deeson, said: ‘We’re really excited to be able to co-host this event for a second year and continue to foster a strong digital community in Kent by bringing national thought leaders to Canterbury. It’s great to have The Arts Council supporting our community and giving us the opportunity to create a vibrant discussion”

To discuss partnership opportunities please email or call 0118 901 4226

Additional information, including the biographies of confirmed speakers, can be found on


CATS Canterbury – Business Opportunity to Engage with Local Students.

We are very pleased to be returning to deliver this very successful programme on the 23rd and 24th September 2015 to the new intake of students from CATS College Canterbury .

We will be running two programmes on each day, during the morning and afternoon, which will enable us to give every student the opportunity to take part.

Many of the students attending will be international and English will not be their first language. We hope to offer every student the opportunity to have a short personal interview with a local business partner with a view to developing their communication and presentation skills. The interview itself will be a personal interview to encourage the students to open up about their strengths, interests and future aspirations. The sessions leading up to the interview will be designed to prepare the students for this, in preparation for either a University Interview in the future or the work place in due course. The programme has proved highly successful in developing the students confidence and communication skills and has greatly supported their transition into higher education.

The interview sessions will run at approx 10.15am and 2.15pm on each day and the programmes will be delivered at Kent County Cricket Ground, Old Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3NZ. All our business guests will be invited to attend a buffet lunch provided by the College and share some feedback following the interview sessions with the students.

Full guidance including suggested interview questions will be provided on the day

Please do not hesitate to contact me by email if you require any further information or are able to support on one of the dates mentioned.

Scale Up Britain is almost here!

Scale Up Britain was created with high growth British companies in mind. Inspired by the Scale-up Report, a key part of the SV2UK (Silicon Valley to the UK) initiative, the event’s key purpose is to widen the Growth Debate and provide practical solutions to dynamic business owners by those – and only those – who are in a best position to give it.

We are aiming for a highly interactive event that concentrates on real life cases and finding relevant solutions to the current challenges of start ups aiming for ambitious growth.

Founders of some of the most successful British start ups will talk openly about their journey towards success, the problems associated with growth and share their thoughts on how to tackle them. Representatives of the start up support ecosystem – heads of accelerators, investors, alternative funding providers – are looking forward to connect and point young companies into the direction where they might find the most fitting solution for their challenges in plans. Attendees will be able to learn the most by actively participating in the conversation and are absolutely encouraged to talk about their projects so the Growth Debate may focus on the most important, current problems and the whole audience could profit from the answers and advice of the speakers.

If you head up an ambitious company looking to achieve sustainable growth with 10-300 people on the team this will be a superb opportunity to learn from the most successful and to network with the like-minded. If you are in a senior position at a large organisation with an interest in the scale-up scene, the event will equip you with most relevant knowledge and connections.

To book tickets to this event please click here or for more information visit:

Boots On, Start Up & Grow at Global Entrepreneurship Week

ENTREPRENEURS the world over are preparing for an exciting Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and those in Canterbury are not going to be disappointed, as business support initiatives StartMyBiz and GrowMyBiz, have created an inspirational line up of workshops and seminars for their annual Boot Camp.

One of the highlights of Boot Camp this year has got to be Get Growing: Great British Business Road Show. The half day workshop will address one of the toughest questions for entrepreneurs who are ready to expand their business, “When I’m already working full time in my business, how do I make the time to grow it?” Penelope, the clever app and telephone service that makes your small business look bigger, will kick off the day’s proceedings. Then speakers from Elance, FreeAgent and Constant Contact will be giving top tips on time saving through outsourcing, business finance and digital marketing. In addition to their talk on why businesses fail, Advantage Business Partnerships are providing a free business growth assessment worth £199.00 for every attendee. It’s set to be a high octane, interactive event topped off with an exciting prize draw to win £500 and a networking lunch where entrepreneurs can find prospective business partners.

Clare Smith and Joanna Jones from Dover Arts Development will be demonstrating the far reaching benefits of creative mind mapping, guaranteed to help both creative and more practical, problem-solving minds implement a successful business strategy. As joint Directors of DAD the duo have some impressive projects under their belts including Nautical Threads exploring Dover’s history, DAD4DADs examining the family role of the father and Six ways to Wellbeing aimed at improving mental wellbeing of young people. Their approach to running their own business is thoughtful, collaborative and emotionally intelligent and these are the skills that they will be passing on to entrepreneurs at Boot Camp.

StartMyBiz and GrowMyBiz have yet to reveal many other quality business events that will help you start up and grow, so watch this space in the run up to GEW for more information on how your business can benefit from Boot Camp!

StartMyBiz and GrowMyBiz are supported by Canterbury City Council, Canterbury 4 Business, University of Kent, Canterbury College, Kent County Council, Canterbury City Partnership and Canterbury Christ Church University. RIFT Group, Canterbury HR, Tony Avery from Creative Corporate Solutions, Phil Auden from Pinchpoint Coaching Alison Young from Aly Young Law and the team at the lovely Abode Hotel Canterbury have all provided invaluable support for what promises to be another brilliant Boot Camp.

Boot Camp runs from 17-23rd November 2014. You can register for all events via the StartMyBiz website here: or by contacting Chris West on 01227 862 532 and (07786) 852 061