Workshops & Training
We are offering free training workshops as part of the Scale Up 4 Growth programme to support a range of challenges that SMEs face.
"Such a wide-ranging and interesting day with a great mix of speakers; it was the ideal blend of practical hands-on information and out-of-the-box thinking. I definitely felt that I left the workshop armed with the tools to take our business to the next level!"
Digital Scale-up for Your Business
11 & 12 July 2022, 09:00 – 16:30
Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham Campus
Are you looking to know how to grow your business in a digital world?
Do you want to create new products & services that meet the needs and wants of your customers?
Are you thinking about the skills, talent and funding you might need for your next steps?
Join us for this engaging two-day workshop and learn how you can put customers and digital scale-up at the heart of your business.
Ideal for SMEs based in Gloucestershire of all sizes - early-stage start-ups to established companies. You might be, for example, a consultancy, a technical product business, a retailer, or a software business. What you have in common is an interest in:
Adopting new digital technologies into your business
Funding routes for your business
Expanding your customer base
Design thinking and how it can help you to create improved products and services
Keeping your business and customer information safe
The workshop is designed to support your business in adopting new digital and cyber technologies and we will cover sessions, including:
Say "Hello!" to Design Thinking - From Apple to Google, Samsung to IBM, some of the world’s biggest tech companies are using Design Thinking - Gain insight into the why, the what and the how of Design Thinking, and how it can help to reduce the risk when launching new ideas
Building Your Team to Scale - To build a successful team you will need to be strategic and selective, but where do you start? Assess your current and future workforce needs, and develop strategies to close skills gaps
Reimagining Your Business for Life in a Digital World - Go on a time travelling expedition into future and past industrial revolutions to consider how you can make the right choices for your business in a digital world
Protecting Your Business from Cyber Threats - From securing your devices and network, to how you manage your business and customer data - learn about current trends, common pitfalls, and how you can help protect your business from cyber threats.
Funding Your Business - How can you fund your ideas? Explore the different types of funding options, find out what investors are looking for, and determine if you are funding ready.
This in-person workshop is funded by the ERDF and is free to SMEs in Gloucestershire. Places are limited to 20 SMEs and so we politely request that you commit to the full 2-day programme.
Expert speakers and facilitators from UWE Bristol, NatWest, Gloucestershire College, Together Digital will include:
"This was a re-energising couple of days away from running the business, with some interesting new contacts made and an opportunity to get up to date with some of the resources available."
Liam Cahill, Founder of Together Digital.
Liam has successfully built and scaled a digital business nationally in the health system, designing and building digital products to improve patient care, and both advises and mentors national bodies such as the NHS and military on digital and innovation. He has also directly advised and mentored a number of organisations around beginning their digital transformation, and works closely with, and advises, a range of tech start-ups too.
Reimagine Your Business for Life in a Digital World - Liam will be taking the group on a time travelling expedition into future and past industrial revolutions to consider how you can make the right choices for your business in a digital world. We'll cover some big technological leaps and small steps in an accessible and understandable way that should relate to whatever your business does.
Jason Kalwa – Founder of Salus Cyber
Bringing over fifteen years of experience in cyber security to the table, Jason Kalwa founded Salus Cyber, an NCSC Approved provider of cyber security services, in 2017.
He has considerable experience working for large organisations such as the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, NATO, and several years with multi-National defence corporations. What separates Jason from others is his ability to communicate complex technical and security-based topics in an easily understood way. Jason's focus on protecting his client’s data as if it were his own, reducing the risk, and continually improving security posture is an ethos he and Salus Cyber fiercely strive for to ensure the highest level of service.
Protecting Your Business from Cyber Threats - Jason will share the best was to be protecting your business from cyber threats. Taking your business online has benefits, from increased operational efficiency to improved customer experience, but it can also increase the risk of scams and security threats. From securing your devices and network, to how you manage your business and customer data, in this engaging session you will learn the basics of how you can help protect your business from cyber threats.
Aimeé Skinner – Senior Business Innovation & Growth Manager, UWE Bristol.
Aimeé has a background in technical project management, lean six sigma, and large-scale transformation programmes, and has been recognised in the Top 75 innovators in the South West in 2021. She also co-manages the Bristol Innovators’ Group – 600+ innovators, offering networking and learning prospects in the local area. Aimeé oversees several programmes, including Scale-up 4 Growth Gloucestershire, the Digital Innovation Fund, and UWE Bristol’s Launch Space Incubator programme, to further enhance opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses to succeed and grow in the region.
Aimee will be overseeing both days of the workshop and will be on hand to answer your questions and talk to you about engaging with the University and associated funding and business support opportunities.
With a background in engineering and technology in a variety of commercial settings, Mark is an experienced Technologist and Award-winning Mentor. He has been at UWE Bristol for last four years as Incubation Manager for the Bristol Robotics Laboratory the leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK as well as Entrepreneur-in-residence for Launch Space, providing business support and mentoring to start-up businesses in UWE Bristol’s University Enterprise Zone.
Funding Your Business - Mark will be taking a look at the current funding landscape – from bootstrapping and accelerators, to crowd-funding and equity investments. Find out what investors are looking for and how to align expectations.
Paul Bailey - Head of Design, SPARCK
As a Design consultant, Paul’s been working with teams to help create digital products and services for over 20 years. He has created innovative solutions for some of the UK’s largest organisations and government departments. As well as co-hosting #NottsTechfast he’s a regular speaker on the value of Design. SPARCK is a global Design & Innovation consultancy, with over 100 Researchers, Designers, Strategists & Innovators in the UK, Portugal, and the US. We collaborate with ambitious businesses to create and deliver human-centred products & services. We believe that everything can be better, by design.
Say "Hello!" to Design Thinking - From Apple to Google, Samsung to IBM, some of the world’s biggest tech companies are using Design Thinking to drive innovation and business results. Design Thinking is a non-linear, iterative process for creative problem solving. It enables teams to understand users (or customers), challenge assumptions, redefine problems and create innovative solutions. In this practical session, the team from SPARCK will give you an insight into the why, the what and the how of Design Thinking, and how it can help you to reduce the risk when launching new ideas.
Myra Billinghurst, Andy Bates & Mark Higgins - Gloucestershire College
Myra Billinghurst - Business Development Manager, Gloucestershire College. Myra is a sales/business development management professional, specialising in apprenticeships and work-based training. Passionate about business and training our next workforce, as well as existing staff, Myra now manages the business development and consultant team at Gloucestershire College and supports employers in the IT & Cyber and Telecommunications industries with all of their training requirements.
Andy Bates - Chief Financial Officer and Vice Principal at Gloucestershire College. Since joining Gloucestershire College as Chief Financial Officer and Vice Principal in 2014, Andy has driven several high-profile projects. These include introducing a business partner model to improve financial visibility throughout the organisation and Gloucestershire College’s Institute of Technology bid consequently securing £3 million of funding for outstanding new cyber and engineering facilities
Mark Higgins - Senior Assessor Trainer in Computing Apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College. Prior to joining the college, Mark held the position of WW Practice Leader in Watson Internet of Things at IBM, where he led a team of systems and software engineering consultants across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since joining the Employer Training & Apprenticeships team, Mark has focussed on delivering the Cyber Degree programme and developing a Level 4 DevOps Apprenticeship.
Building Your Team to scale - Hiring the right people for your business is essential for your growth and success. To build a successful team you will need to be strategic and selective, but where do you start? In this session, Myra and Andy from Gloucestershire College will help you to assess your current and future workforce needs, and help you to develop strategies to close any skills gaps