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What's Coming Up at Manchester Digital at a glance | December 2023

New Updates | December 2023

Below you'll find: 

  • How you can contribute to helping shape the future workforce and continued prosperity in our region.
  • How we are supporting Startups in 2024.
  • Ways to meet other members - Ecommerce 2024 announced! 
  • Ways you can share your insights with the community. 
  • How to get the most out of your hiring.
  • Everything else that's going on!

We need your help! 

Can you help contribute to help shape the future workforce and continued prosperity in our region?

The 2024 Digital Skills Audit provides critical insights into our local talent that inform workforce development programs. Your response gives direct input on the skills needs and gaps facing regional employers. 

The report helps inform those who help create opportunities for upskilling and reskilling that meet local workforce demands and will impact your recruitment. You can contribute by completing the below survey. 

We know your time is limited, so we've kept the surveys concise at 10 minutes. Consider forwarding internally to a HR leader or your senior manager able to complete the Audit if not the right contact.

  1. For Business leaders (covering: Business Confidence, Recruitment, Skill Gaps and more).  
  2. For HR professionals (Covering Demographics, L&D and more). 

As an added incentive, we'll donate £500  to FareShare Greater Manchester which does vital work combatting food poverty and food waste in and around our city. We'll also draw a winner at random from everyone who completes the Skills Audit, who will be able to donate £500 to a charity of their choosing in their or their organisation's name.

Please contribute your perspectives to the Skills Audit today or pass this along to an internal expert who can. 

Every completed survey helps ensure our research and future programs directly address employer and talent needs across the region. We hugely appreciate your contribution.

For HR professionals

For Business Leaders

The Startup Activator. 

The Startup Activator will give businesses an unbiased and unvarnished view of the Startup landscape and an introduction to all the programmes, investment and support that is on offer across the Greater Manchester region. 

Read the Startup Review report here. 

Are you an early-stage Startup Founder? 

Manchester Digital's Startup Activator will help startups in the Greater Manchester region maximise success, taking you from idea to early traction stage with all the knowledge and resources you need to flourish. 

The programme will include exclusive founder network meetups, workshops and access to an active supportive community which includes investors, trusted professional service support and more. 

Join The Startup Activator today

Can you help Startups? We’re looking for partners. 

We are looking for 4 partners to support this programme and help us deliver 12 months of valuable information and insight to the next generation of tech businesses and make sure that Greater Manchester continues to grow great businesses.

Contact to discuss

Sponsorship pack

Events coming up:

2024 Event Calendar

Our 2024 Events Calendar is now live!

Jot these dates down in your diary to make sure you don't miss out!

Download here

Digital Skills Festival 2024: Conference Day

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 | 13:00 - 18:15 | No1 Circle Square

Manchester Digital's Digital Skills Festival will be launched with our Conference Day, bringing together industry experts, thought leaders and key stakeholders from across the sector for an afternoon of panels, talks and networking opportunities as we discuss some of the key challenges and trends impacting the industry.

Book now

Digital Skills Festival 2024: Digital Apprenticeships Day (For Businesses)

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 14:00 - 16:00 | No1 Circle Square

Offering apprenticeships provides amazing benefits for your organisation and the sector at large, but starting that process can sometimes feel daunting.

This afternoon session is designed to help employers explore their options and hear from organisations who can share their insights and wisdom around employing digital apprentices.

Connect with other businesses who share your values, ask your most pressing questions and get inspired by empowering & employing the next generation of tech talent.

Book now

Digital Skills Festival 2024: Digital Her Day

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 13:00 - 18:30 | No1 Circle Square

Our Digital Her programme takes the spotlight on the Thursday of the Digital Skills Festival 2024, featuring inspiring talks, workshops & panels for women in tech.

These include keynotes & panel discussions led by industry leaders, lightning talks by members our community of Role Models, training sessions, conversation cafes & the creation of a Digital Her Pledge for a more equitable future.

Book now

Digital Her Inspiration Breakfast: International Women's Day 2024

Fri, 8 Mar 2024 09:30 - 11:30 

Building on the success of our Inspiration Breakfast for Ada Lovelace Day, we’re bringing this event back to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Expect an invigorating start to International Women's Day packed with inspiring ideas and meaningful connections, focussing on the IWD theme of 2024: Inspire Inclusion.

Book now

Manchester Digital Tech Leader Talks

Thu, 7 Mar 2024 09:00 - 10:30

Manchester Digital's Tech Leader Talks offers the opportunity for senior leaders in large-scale digital and tech businesses here in the North West to come together with other C-Level individuals to network, share best practices and make new connections.

This event will be in the format of a breakfast networking session followed by a Q & A. The morning will include a light breakfast for all attendees, refreshments and an Industry Insight session.

Book now

Ecommerce Conference 2024

Thu, 21 Mar 2024 10:00 - 17:00 | No1 Circle Square

Manchester Digital prides itself on its relationships with ecommerce brands, agencies and suppliers both from in and out of our membership. These brands attend our regular industry events.

It is an exciting time for ecommerce companies in Manchester. The city’s retail tech industry has seen phenomenal growth in the number of online retailers establishing offices in the city and in recent years it has developed the greatest concentration of ecommerce start-ups than anywhere else in the UK.

We look forward to welcoming guests to Circle Square as we discuss the latest trends, challenges and technology to be impacting this innovative and vital sector.

Book now

Hiring in 2024? 

Each Tuesday, the jobs board round-up is shared on our social media channels and groups from the Manchester Digital jobs board to let job seekers discover new roles. 

If you are recruiting, let us know!

Digital Skills Festival 2024: Talent Day

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 10:00- 16:00

Talent Day is an event for businesses who are hiring early career in the next 1 - 2 years and want to get in front of graduates, job switchers and more. 

An event for members who want to have more conversations with proactive job seekers in a single afternoon than you would online and who want to build their talent pipeline. 

Our last Talent Day attracted over 1800 signups and was the biggest careers fair in the North West. If you’d like to exhibit at this year's talent day, find more information here

Let me know if you would like to send over more details.

Download Exhibitor Pack

Manchester Digital Apprenticeship Academy

Did you know…..Manchester Digital is an ESFA approved independent training provider for high level digital apprenticeships

  • Software Development
  • Business Analysis
  • Data Analysis

We deliver flexible online quality apprenticeship training for our members, whether you want to up-skill an existing employee or hire new diverse talent into the business. We provide a free recruitment support service for this too. AND if you’re an SME, we can help you to secure funding to cover the apprenticeship training costs with us.

Ready to recruit, join the programme or just want to know more? Speak to our Head of Talent and Skills now: 

New Offers for Members

We can now support your international growth. 

We’re excited to announce that we can help support members make the most of the global opportunities available to them. If you’re looking at international growth, market expansion, cost savings, regulatory compliance, or generally interested in overseas markets, then let me know. 

This is enabled by an affiliation partnership with Santander’s Navigator platform and as Manchester Digital members, you will get free access to the ‘Prepare’ subscription package on Santander Navigator, a saving of £1,800 on the standard cost for this level of subscription.

Read more about it here. 

Visiting London soon? 

As a member, you can now gain access to discounted membership at The Home Grown Club for those visiting London - Access their exclusive member-only events, Community, Facilities inc 35 bedrooms, meeting rooms, lounge, bar, terrace, event space and more.

Perfect for when visiting large conferences like the London Tech week and needing a space to check in with work. 

Community Channels

Wider Community events coming up posted by members

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