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Free workshops to help businesses make the most of online opportunities

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The Optimising Business Broadband (OBB) project will offer local businesses a unique opportunity to benefit from free expert advice funded by ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).  For details of the support and project please visit our refreshed website for more information: www.optimisingbusinessbroadband.co.uk

The OBB project will ensure Small – Medium Enterprises (SMEs) take advantage of the new fibre optic broadband infrastructure that is being rolled out in the Shropshire Council and Staffordshire County Council areas.  The project’s key aim is to support local businesses to increase their competitiveness through the use of advanced information and communication technologies.

The project will deliver a range of free support, from local events (drop in sessions at village halls; demo’s at conferences and exhibitions) to practical learning (webinars, demonstrations of technology, training courses) and face-to-face intensive support (1:1 diagnostics, specialist ICT business advice) tailored to your business needs.

The events are to be held on:

Venue DateVenue Location
Wednesday 27 AugustLeek Cricket Club
Friday 29 AugustSECC, RSH
Thursday 11 SeptemberStaffordshire Place
Thursday 18 SeptemberMascall Centre, Ludlow
Monday 29 September Staffs County Showground
Tuesday 30 September Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Thursday 16 OctoberWynnstay Hotel, Oswestry
Tuesday 21 OctoberChasewater Innovation Centre, Brownhills
Tuesday 18 NovemberKeele University
Thursday 20 NovemberTBC
Tuesday 2 DecemberStaffs Wildlife Trust
Thursday 4 DecemberFestival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton


The main showcase events (listed in bold) will run from 8.00am – 11.45am and will feature experienced guest speakers (Grant Leboff, James Pennington), who will address the challenges of:

  • Generating Business Growth through Digital
  • Technology Advice your Business needs to Grow

All other events will run from 8.30am – 11.30am and will cover:

  • Social Media and the secrets of online marketing
  • Cloud computing and how it can reduce IT costs and boost productivity
  • Other support available for your business
  • Guest speakers at these events will be Martin King-Turner and Gareth Edwards

To book on an event please go to http://www.optimisingbusinessbroadband.co.uk/events Future events will have Eventbrite invitations listed in due course.

Further information:

The new fibre network

It is critically important that businesses prepare to take up the benefits that the new fibre network will provide. We appreciate that in some areas the fibre network may not yet have been upgraded. Please be assured that the Connecting Shropshire remains committed to providing fibre broadband to all our businesses and will continue to work on delivering this aspiration through the current infrastructure programme and by seeking additional funding streams. Should you have any queries on the infrastructure aspect of the programme please do not hesitate to contact the Connecting Shropshire Team on 01743 252 203 or visit the website at www.connecting.shropshire.co.uk.

Contact Information

Please follow us on twitter @OBBshropstaffs and connect with us on LinkedIn (optimisingbusinessbroadband).

Call: 01785 827600 and ask for the OBB team or email: obb@winningmoves.com