Chamber launches transformational ICT project

January 14, 2014 5:01 pm

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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) has recently secured over £2m of European Regional Developing Funding (ERDF) to manage and deliver the Transformational ICT – phase 2 (T-ICT2) services from 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2015 to help businesses across Ashfield & Mansfield. 

For more information on these and other useful business events, please visit our events page.  This project could help local businesses gain more online sales as, according to the latest data from Ofcom, the amount spent by UK shoppers online increased on average by 16%per person in 2012 compared to 2011 and it is a trend that is likely to continue well into the future.  Therefore local businesses need to adopt a dual sales strategy including both on and off line customers – and fast!  The average spend per person in the UK was £1,175 in 2012, compared to £1,017 the year before.

This increase in online sales is fuelled by the rising cost of transport and parking to visit the high streets, crowded shops and waiting too long to pay in-store, compared to the ease of sitting at home, browsing at leisure and having goods delivered to the door.  All that coupled with the technological advances of high speed internet access and the use of mobile devices means that there is an increasingly compelling case to develop websites to sell products online.  This trend was highlighted at our recent retail futures event.  This figure is more than double the average spend per head of other countries in the survey. According to Ofcom’s research, shoppers in the UK trust online retailers more than shoppers in other countries. The research also suggested that UK online shoppers have greater confidence in the security of the sites they buy from.

The T-ICT2 project will be managed through a dedicated DNCC branded eBusiness Club online service.  T-ICT2 will intensively assist 600 small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) located in eligible areas across the East Midlands to exploit advanced technologies in order to help transform their business processes. This is expected to result in improved business competitiveness, productivity and ultimately deliver economic growth in the region.

This new service will build upon the recently completed phase one project which assisted over 1,200 SMEs through an events and workshop programme. T-ICT2 will deliver added services to the established portfolio of events and workshops and will also  include grant and consultancy support.  From November 2013 to March 2015 the following activities are planned:

AWARENESS RAISING EVENTS

At least 90 two-hour awareness raising events will be delivered. Each event will attract an audience of 20-60 business delegates. Events will be delivered in a variety of locations.  Awareness raising events are delivered using a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation in a conference style setting.  Event delegates will be provided with an electronic copy / link to the presentation slides.  The purpose of these events is to not only raise awareness of the subject matter but to actively promote the action planning workshop programme and provide an opportunity for delegates to participate in a Q&A session following the event presentation.

ACTION PLANNING WORKSHOPS

At least 440 action planning workshops will be delivered. Each workshop will attract an audience of 8-15 business delegates. Workshops will be delivered in a variety of locations.  Workshops are delivered in a boardroom style setting using a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation of case studies and demonstrating examples of best practice.  Each delegate will be provided with a workbook consisting of presentation slide and narrative that is used throughout the delivery of the workshop and allows for the recording of an ‘action plan’.

For more information on this project, please visit the dedicated website.

Note on DNCC: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) is  the leading business organisation in the East Midlands, with a growing membership of more than 3,200 businesses and 8,400 affiliates, it is now the second largest Chamber of Commerce in the country.  Chamber members benefit from a wide range of business support services from lobbying and campaigning, helping businesses realise their international trading ambitions, improving their use of technology, showcasing and market making activities to workforce training and development.  Local delivery is provided from 10 locations across both counties, including main offices in Derby, Chesterfield and Nottingham.

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