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UK online centres – funding to support businesses


Better digital skills can save time and increase customers. Recognising this, Google has developed a package of online learning to help businesses improve their digital capability – the Google Digital Garage. So far the Google Digital Garage has helped thousands of businesses to do more with digital. But Tinder Foundation and Google are partnering to ensure the resources can reach

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Written on April 5, 2016Marketing. Published in Finance, IT & Telecoms, News, Skills

New Mobile/Broadband Checker


Businesses can check the quality and coverage of mobile and broadband services by postcode, using a new interactive tool from Ofcom. The Mobile and Broadband Checker uses coverage, availability and speeds data, collected directly by Ofcom from major communications providers. This has not been readily accessible to consumers and businesses before. Visit Ofcom’s website here for further information. Share this

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Written on April 4, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News, News story 3, York

Leeds Executive Lunch: Data City PPT

On 12 February, Bloom’s Alex Craven gave a presentation to the Leeds Chamber Executive Lunch on ‘Data City’ – the use of technology, the diversity of the digital sector, and the challenges and opportunities of identifying and incorporating this ever-advancing sector in the wider economy. This enlightening talk was accompanied by a PowerPoint featuring statistics (or should that be data?!)

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Written on February 17, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News, York

Invitation for suppliers to attend Census market engagement events

On 15 January 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) opened registration for its forthcoming market engagement exercise on delivery of a nationwide census in 2021, and is inviting supplier organisations that may be interested in getting involved with the delivery of the census to sign-up to take part in the exercise and attend one of three Supplier Briefings being

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Written on January 21, 2016Marketing. Published in IT & Telecoms, Media, News

BCC: UK digital strategy must match growth ambitions

Leading business group publishes letter signed by leaders of 52 Chambers of Commerce — every accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK — demanding improved digital and mobile connectivity for UK business On the closing day of the government’s consultation on the UK’s future digital strategy (19 January), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) calls for the government to match

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Written on January 19, 2016Marketing. Published in BCC, IT & Telecoms, Lobbying, News

Business is just bouncy are expanding! Created only a few months ago: the unusually named new website saves time for parents when arranging parties for their little ones. Co-founder Adam Barrett explained: “In addition to the continuous increase in traffic and party booking requests made through the site, the positive feedback we received from the early versions of the site were very encouraging

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Written on August 6, 2015Marketing. Published in IT & Telecoms, Members news

Don’t miss out on connection vouchers

Time is running out for businesses to get their share of the Government’s £40m connection vouchers scheme. The scheme provides grants of up to £3,000 for SMEs looking to upgrade their internet connectivity, and it has proven very popular across the Yorkshire region. Over 5,000 vouchers have been issued to Yorkshire businesses, which means that Yorkshire is the top region

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Written on July 29, 2015Marketing. Published in Infrastructure, IT & Telecoms, Media, News

Construction Lunch: Cities Challenge

Business leaders in Bradford and Leeds were given stark reminders recently of the importance of technology and developing people skills if their cities are to keep up (catch up?) with the competition. A Chamber construction lunch received presentations on so-called ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Magnet Cities’, in which case studies of smaller and less influential metropolitan areas have reinvented and regalvanised

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Written on May 29, 2015Mike Cartwright. Published in Construction, Economy, IT & Telecoms, News

Chambers join forces on technology and skills

West and North Yorkshire Chamber and Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce are hosting an exclusive networking event in partnership with Superfast West Yorkshire. The breakfast event, to be held at Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield on Thursday 16 April, will give businesses the opportunity to meet new business contacts from across the region and take their business forward with the best

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Written on April 10, 2015Marketing. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News story 4, York

West Yorkshire SMEs in internet windfall as Superconnected scheme expanded

Over 27,000 small businesses in Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale have become eligible for a grant of up to £3,000 to help them boost their internet connectivity, after the extension of the government-funded Superconnected Cities scheme to include the whole of West Yorkshire. The Superconnected Cities scheme, which awards ‘connection voucher’ grants of up to £3,000 to individual businesses to cover

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Written on February 9, 2015Marketing. Published in IT & Telecoms, News