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Digital Bolton - a hidden gem

Wednesday 17th May 2017 at Lecture theatre, University of Bolton, Deane Rd, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL3 5AB - #digitalbolton

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This breakfast event will hear from key figures in Bolton to find out how the town has embraced the digital revolution.

The event runs from 7.30am to 9.45am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #digitalbolton.

Bolton has undergone a quiet revolution.

The town that was one of the founding fathers of the industrial revolution has undergone major regeneration in recent years.

The building of the Middlebrook Retail Park was followed by the construction of the £34m Bolton One project and major improvements to the University of Bolton and Bolton Transport Interchange. Developments at Market Place, Logistics North and Rivington Chase have also shone a spotlight on Bolton.

Business is booming but in an increasingly technological world how is Bolton rising to the challenge?

While all the talk is around a widening skills gap what can Bolton do to prevent the brain drain to nearby Manchester?

BusinessCloud has teamed up with the University Of Bolton; Bolton Council, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Business Growth Hub and a number of leading businesses across the borough to find out how they’ve embraced the digital revolution.

We’ll also be hearing from a panel of experts about the skills gap and the role that apprentices can play.


Simon Wiggins, head of creative tech, University of Bolton

Aaqil Ahmed, Professor of Media, University of Bolton

Joy Sewart, head of skills development, GMCC

Phil Foster, MD, Love Energy Savings

Chris Houghton, CEO, Eventura

Matt Carr, director, Carrs Pasties

Kirsty Styles, head of talent and skills, Tech North

Stephen Young, director of place, Bolton Council

Matt Fielding, head of marketing, Bring Digital

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Andrea Wolfendale, director of events:; 0161 215 7142  
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