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The coronavirus pandemic has created a ‘digital nudge’ for businesses worldwide, as Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO put it: “We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.’’

Leeds City Region businesses are not falling behind and have stepped on to the digital trend viewing the current coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to develop their digital infrastructure via Digital Enterprise and the Digital Knowledge Exchange.

The Digital Knowledge Exchange (DKE) is the business support arm of Digital Enterprise that has put together a comprehensive training programme to provide a pathway for businesses to learn more about digital technology.

The first DKE programme was commissioned from 2016-2019 and was re-launched in March 2020, weeks before the national lockdown. The dynamic DKE team adopted a ‘covid contingency plan’ pivoting from the usual in-person training events to a completely virtual learning experience. To date, they have organised 61 webinars, two mentoring days and a virtual conference with several hundreds of businesses registered to the programme.

The virtual training programme started in April with season one of the ‘zoom webinars’ series, a joint effort with their sister programme Digital Drive based in County Durham. Since then DKE has gone on to diversify its catalogue of events to include mentoring days, group learning and their virtual conference Go Digital Live.

Hannah Chadwick, Fortitude Training founder said: “One of my networks first put me on to the Digital Knowledge Exchange a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve attended three webinars and I’ve learned so much and have been able to apply the new skills and knowledge to my social media strategy. I love the idea of the get togethers with other businesses where you can bounce ideas off one another, and I would love to participate to get some inspiration, and hopefully to help inspire others too.”

Kate Buckle
Article by Kate Buckle
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