Businesses seeking to embrace digital transformation can hear from an array of experts at the SME Digital 4.0 Conference at MediaCityUK in Salford.

There are 5.7 million businesses in the UK. More than 99 per cent of them are small- and medium-sized, accounting for 60 per cent of employment and 51 per cent of turnover.

The North is a hotbed for SMEs while Manchester ranked first nationally for SME growth with a 36 per cent rise since 2010.

In direct response to the digital challenges faced by SMEs, Salford Professional Development and Salford Business School have put together an educational, inspirational knowledge-sharing and networking event on 20th March to help them embrace these opportunities.

Speakers include ThoughtWorks UK managing director Ruth Harrison, business commentator and entrepreneur Prof. Vikas Shah MBE, Webantic MD Luke Grimes and Ted Talks speaker Vimla Appadoo, who was voted a Top 50 ‘Future Leader’ at the inaugural Northern Power Women Awards.

The event will hear real transformation stories from a number of industries, feature interactive discussion sessions, offer advice on introducing digital into a business’ processes and offer extensive case studies and networking sessions.

One of the top five UK universities for SME engagement, the University of Salford is recognised for its sector-leading work in supporting these businesses and offering students innovative industry experiences.

Its focus on creative entrepreneurship allows opportunities to be fully capitalised through new digital, creative and social media.