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Digital transformation for East Anglia - Launch of InDigital Connect

Celebrating home-grown talent and championing the digital sector in East Anglia, a conference designed for local businesses and digital professionals is being held on 1 May at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

The conference promises to champion the digital industry in East Anglia, encouraging community engagement and growth, support the region’s wealth of creative professionals and to facilitate collaboration. Local businesses will be able to attend for free and meet regional specialists, agencies and developers. The event will provide a unique opportunity for local businesses to find out how digital can help revolutionise their business, and for professionals to share best practise.

Supported by West Suffolk College and Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, InDigital Connect is Co-Founded by digital entrepreneur, investor and advisor Simon Grice who has recently invested into and Co-Founded a number of digital businesses including rentify.comlingos.copareapp.com and iNeed.co, Emma Jell, Co-Founder of Digital Suffolk and social media advisor to a number of digital businesses and Matt Anderson from Bury St Edmunds-based social media agency Montage Communications, specialists in consumer social media and PR.

Simon Grice said: “It’s time to put East Anglia on the map and create the UK’s strongest digital community. This region is home to many world-class digital professionals and agencies and our conference is the ideal opportunity to bring this wealth of expertise together under one roof. If you are a local business or digital professional and want to be inspired, share your knowledge and learn from some of the best digital players, our InDigital Connect Conference is the perfect event for you.”

The InDigital Connect Conference will run from 1pm until 6.30pm covering four themes: Local, Social, Mobile and Cloud, across two streams, Innovate and Learn.

Interactive workshops and keynote presentations from digital innovators will give delegates the opportunity to find out: How they can leverage digital to gain more customers; Maximise the potential of social media; Benefit from the smartphone revolution and Gain efficiencies using cloud-based services.

Alongside InDigital’s Co-Founders, the speakers also include:

• Paul Grenyer, Founder of SyncNorwich and Director of Naked Element Ltd

• Andrew Walker, Owner of UniquePlastique.com and Co-Founder of Tweetminster

• Oli Watts, Head of Digital and Internal Communications at East of England Co-op

• Erika Clegg, Co-Founder of Spring, Board Director of New Anglia LEP and the Design Business Association, and a British business ambassador for the UKTI 

• Adrian Melrose, Founder and CEO of Inn Style

• Alex Caccia, Digital Entrepreneur and President at Ideaworks3D Ltd 

• Mark Newby-Robson, Managing Director at Talk the Talk TV

• Mikael Dia, Co-Founder and CEO at Lingos

• Niall Cook, Digital and Social Media Communications Specialist

Co-Founder Montage’s Director Matt Anderson said: “Our region is already home to a wealth of creative talent both in-house and agency side. Our InDigital Connect Conference will facilitate digital collaboration and growth within our regional talent base, helping to attract and retain digital experts. Our new network is an ideal way to share best practice, promote world-class talent and collaboration from the region. Why head to London for work or to find an agency when we have all the talent and expertise right on our doorstep?”

The official launch event will take place on Thursday 1 May 2014 at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, from 1pm until 6.30pm.

Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet member for Economic Growth said: “The digital industries not only provide important employment, they are demonstrating ways that we could all be working in years to come. I am delighted to support the InDigital Connect Conference as a way of introducing all kinds of businesses to one another, to spark ideas and get new perspectives on how to get to wherever we are planning to go. This is another great business event at the Apex, which is fast growing a reputation for this as well as for music and entertainment."

Spaces are limited so book your tickets today! Thanks to support from Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council it’s free for local businesses and students to attend. 

Dr Nikos Savvas, Principal and CEO at West Suffolk College said: "West Suffolk College prides itself on embracing new technology and industry. We are delighted to be supporting this event, which champions the digital hub and expertise in this region. We welcome the opportunity for our students to meet with industry leaders and leading digital specialists.”

Digital professionals and agencies can attend from £35. All digital professionals and agencies who register before the 5 April 2014 will receive an inclusive exhibition space.

To book your place or find out more please visit http://connect.indigital.com

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