Digital on agenda at Barnsley business conference

Richard Dennys of Digital Business Academy.
Richard Dennys of Digital Business Academy.

Barnsley’s biggest business conference is set to celebrate the town’s growing reputation as an expanding digital economy.

More than 100 business people are expected to attend the fourth annual Connected Business Conference to learn more about how to utilise digital tools and resources to benefit their business.

Speakers at last year's Connected Business Conference.

Speakers at last year's Connected Business Conference.

The free event will take place at The Civic in Barnsley town centre on Tuesday, October 13, between 9am and 2pm and includes a programme of local and national speakers.

Tracey Johnson, event organiser and Enterprising Barnsley’s sector specialist for creative and digital industries, said: “Connected Business 2015 will showcase more local digital innovation than ever before and this is indicative of the flurry of activity across the digital economy in the borough at the moment.”

Richard Dennys of the Digital Business Academy, part of London’s Tech City, has been announced as the first keynote speaker.

Richard will talk about the DBA, which provides free support to entrepreneurs wanting to learn the skills they need to start.

He will be joined on the line-up by Barnsley-based innovators, including lifestyle blogger Katie Portman who contributes to online newspaper, the Huffington Post, and Bill Bottomley of Lifetime FM, a Barnsley-based business which has recently created a series of online films aimed at engaging with customers.

Kath Shackleton, of Huddersfield-based animation experts Fettle, will also give a presentation. Other speakers will be announced shortly.