A Meeting with the Mayor to set the Agenda for a Digital Manchester


Mark Duncan

Earlier this month, Andy Burnham, the first elected Mayor of Greater Manchester, hosted a Digital Summit at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. The event was hugely oversubscribed and two remote events took place in Stockport and Oldham, both receiving a live stream of the event with attendees able to join the debate via the MeeToo app.

There were three panel sessions, each with a pretty stellar line up. Highlights included the morning session at which a group of Manchester business leaders, including AO World’s John Roberts, made it very clear that they’re not ‘digital businesses’, rather that digital is a tool. And based on the success stories on show, they use that tool very effectively.

A series of interactive workshops were expertly managed by Campbell Tickell partner Radojka Miljevic, and were based around questions posed by delegates through the conference app.

A second panel on ‘Making a Difference with Digital’ was a personal highlight for me. Contributions from Dr Maria Stukoff of Maker Space Salford on the importance of building a manufacturing base around tech and digital, as well as the need for more women in the sector (because, simply, they are better at most things and excel at digital design and innovation).

UK Fast’s Lawrence Jones talked passionately about the need for the private sector to not only take on apprentices but also to invest in training and education for young people – highlighting the millions of the organisation’s own funds that have been put back into the system to help support the development of young talent.

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