In the early days of working with Visit Somerset, we decided that we would strive to make Somerset the most digitally savvy county in the UK. We want to share out own expertise with Visit Somerset members – and thus, with the support of the Visit Somerset board, The Visit Somerset Digital Festival was born – an event we spearheaded and are now helping to organise.
It’s absolutely fab news then that, the event aimed at helping businesses to maximise the impact of their digital strategies, has completely sold out with a week to go.
The Visit Somerset Digital Festival 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28 February at The Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare’s Regency Suite, with businesses and organisations from across the South West attending.
The first of its kind, the event is open to Visit Somerset members and non-members and incorporates seven interactive talks, speed networking and expert advice on all things online and digital.
The event will see over 100 businesses as well as over 20 students from Weston College in attendance. Topics will include social media, cloud-based accounting, how to make money out of merchant services, video production from your mobile phone and connecting to customers through Wi-Fi.
John Turner, CEO of Visit Somerset, said: “This event will be the start of a two-year programme to roll out conferences countrywide, aimed at up-skilling and increasing productivity in the regional economy. It is estimated by Visit Somerset that business models like online travel agents take some £36 million from our accommodation providers in Somerset annually. We hope to be able to take back market share by helping businesses become digital savvy.
“The event has been designed for those who are unclear on how digital can help their business thrive and those who need some basic guidance on how to kick start efforts in a user-friendly way that everybody can understand.
“Attendees will not only learn about basic digital practice, but also have the opportunity to meet local suppliers who operate in digital services and network with other delegates.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to this event, which has now completely sold out. It demonstrates that there is a demand for quality advice in the South West, especially when it comes to the digital market, which for some businesses and organisations is a foreign language.
“We’re committed to ensuring that our members, as well as other local businesses, are not only kept up-to-date but are ahead of the curve so that the Somerset economy can thrive.”
The festival is being held in the Regency Suite of the Grand Pier, a leading venue for business events in the South West.
Michelle Michael, co-owner of the Grand Pier, said: “This event will be hugely beneficial to guests and it’s great to see so many local businesses embracing digital.
“As a business we understand the importance of investing in technology to communicate with customers and create efficient systems.
“We’re looking forward to seeing many forward-thinking South West organisations at the event and hope they enjoy the stunning views and hospitality of our Regency Suite.”