Around 30 businesses and local groups came to the launch of a new digital initiative at the Fairmile Building in Dunoon yesterday (Monday, October 1).
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is introducing a special programme of #hellodigital events in Dunoon over the next six months to help enterprises make the most of digital opportunities – and how they promote and operate their businesses and projects.The sessions will be held at the Dunoon Digital Dock in The Fairmile Building at the Sandbank Business Park. The Digital Dock is a large digital suite which has been kitted out with a maritime theme, where HIE and partners including Business Gateway will host digital workshops and seminars.
The centre was opened today by local MP Brendan O’Hara. Experts from Google Digital Garage kicked off with a session about digital innovation. This provided hands on experience of 360 cameras, virtual reality and augmented reality.
Liza Moran from HIE said: “We are delighted to have opened this facility in Dunoon. It will offer an opportunity for businesses and community groups to access high quality training and support in latest technology. As well as the #hellodigital sessions we will also be working with Business Gateway who will use the venue for their DigitalBoost workshops. We are also delighted that local technology firms BC Technologies and SAMTEQ, which are based in the Fairmile Building are partnering us and offering to support the facility.
“We want to offer Argyll and Bute groups and businesses the opportunity to meet with the experts who can show them first hand how technology can be used in many different projects.”
Brendan O’Hara MP commented: “Digital is dominating modern life and it’s opening more and more opportunities for commerce across the board, from marketing, to networking, to sales and beyond. These sessions will open doors for so many and inspire the entrepreneurs amongst us. Even if you think you know your stuff, there’s always more to learn.”
“Argyll and Bute has so much to offer and we need to take every opportunity to put ourselves out there. With the backbone of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the partners in this initiative, these sessions will be invaluable”
There will be a Digital Heritage workshop at the end of October looking at how digital technologies can play a part in heritage – whether by creating interactive experiences for visitors on historic sites, or by recreating scenes in virtual reality. There’ll also be a Virtual Reality Expo in November.
Experts will deliver each event, helping explore current trends, and looking at how on-line behaviour is set to change. The aim is to help keep pace with technologies that are quickly becoming widely adopted and to take advantage of the opportunities they present for your business.
Find out more about what’s on offer at #hellodigital over the next few months and to secure your places, please visit http://bit.ly/hellodunoon
Photo caption – L-R Brendan O’Hara MP, Brendon Wallace BC Technologies, Liza Moran HIE, Abbey Oladapo Google Digital Garage, Rachel Wallace, BC Technologies, Ken Coley Samteq
As well as #hellodigital workshops HIE is offering short term single desk hire packages within the Digital Dock. Individuals starting up businesses, or people looking to work remotely, have the chance to rent, short-term, a desk space within the IT focused Digital Dock. And for businesses looking for more room, there is still opportunity to rent bespoke office space within the purpose built Fairmile Building and to benefit from joining an existing group of like-minded tech businesses.
#hellodigital was launched by HIE last year with the goal to support enterprises to make the most of digital opportunities in how they promote and operate their business. This initiative saw over 2000 delegates access digital training and events last year. April will be bringing demonstration technology around the Highlands and Islands Area including Virtual Reality (VR) kit, Augmented Reality (AR) demos and some 360 cameras.
This event is organised and supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We work with private businesses and public and voluntary sector organisations to build sustainable economic growth across a diverse and beautiful region, from Shetland to Argyll and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray. We are committed to developing the Highlands and Islands as a competitive region which is home to strong communities, successful, high growth businesses and excellent quality of life. HIE are committed to helping enterprises of all sectors and all sizes to make the most of digital technology in the way they operate and promote their business. Find out more at www.hie.co.uk