North Lincolnshire's digital business will be taking centre stage in March when they showcase the talent and opportunities already thriving in our area alongside some of the established 'big guns' of Microsoft and the BBC.at the 'Connect4 Digital Expo'.
The one day Digital event will take place on March 1st 2016 at Scunthorpe's Glanford Park and it's free for all. The event is aimed business and schools who want to know more about how creative and digital business can secure a success future through education, products, skills and services.
Creative and Digital business is already one of the highest grossing industries for the UK with over 1.46million people employed within the industry and it looks to have a huge progression with 5.4% digital employment growth forecasted by 2020.
The emphasis during the morning sessions will be on providing advice and guidance for young people and those wishing to move into creative digital careers from those who are already thriving in creative or digital business. The afternoon will focus on supporting local businesses introducing them to companies whose talent can help to improve their 'bottom line' through effective use of social media, website development, online apps and commercial photography. There will also be the opportunity to speak with business guides to get advice on how to stimulate and support growth.
It has been organised by the Humber LEP, North Lincolnshire Council and supported by North Lindsey College.
Cllr Rob Waltham, cabinet member for Health, Strategic Projects and Regeneration, said: "Connect4 EXPO is a unique opportunity for businesses and students to find out about the digital and creative sector. Whether they want to develop in this sector or move into this area; they will be able to get invaluable advice at the event. Speakers from BBC and local digital companies will share their wealth of knowledge making it an event not to be missed."
Also supporting the event is Tracy Muir, founder of hugely successful local company Digital Spotlight, who said many people did not realise how important their digital skills could be to businesses.
"In my career I have been very lucky to have worked with some truly inspiration people, but what makes them inspirational is not just what they have achieved but their generosity of spirit. They recognise that as individuals and companies we are stronger when we work together, sharing knowledge and support. Bringing the creative and digital sectors from this region together at the Expo will open up opportunities that individually we might miss."
The event will also aim to encourage youngsters to consider a career in the industry; Assistant Principal at North Lindsey CollegeClaire Foster said "It's crucial that we give young people and their teachers the opportunity to see and hear for themselves that a career in the creative digital sector is possible, not just in the big cities but right here in our own region, by showcasing the talent that already exists."