Lively debate at launch of Digital Lancaster

Delegates at the launch of Digital Lancaster at the Storey Centre.
Delegates at the launch of Digital Lancaster at the Storey Centre.

Businesses rose to the challenge of an online world at the launch of Digital Lancaster.

More than 80 people attended the event at the Storey including local digital business owners, Lancaster University, business leaders, council representatives, Tech North and Lancaster MP Cat Smith, as well as a host of technical and digital experts.

Delegates at the launch of Digital Lancaster at the Storey Centre.

Delegates at the launch of Digital Lancaster at the Storey Centre.

The evening was filled with debate and eagerness for digital transformation in the city.

Topics of discussion included collaborative work spaces and suitable offices in the city, infrastructure, including broadband, Wi-Fi and 4G, skills including recruitment, retention and training and finally, support and finance available to businesses.

Issues raised included that Lancaster lacked good office accommodation and really needed collaborative work space, problems with BT Openreach and endless waits for decent broadband access, and a need to retain and grow the talented digital workforce in the city. Speakers included Susan Parsonage, chief executive of Lancaster City Council, and Digital Lancashire’s MD Stewart Townsend.

Anyone interested in being a part of Digital Lancaster should join Digital Lancashire first at www.digital-lancashire.org.uk and then email hello@digital-lancashire.org.uk.