Historically the biggest sector within the Festival! This is a result of the amount of SMEs in the areas which have common needs such as sales, marketing and growth strategies. The region is a magnet for innovation and enterprise, with a huge number of start ups opening every year.
The local offer to support businesses is strong, spearheaded by the CWLEP Growth Hub, which is open to businesses of any size or sector and offers one-to-one advice and ongoing support to businesses with ambitions to grow. It has successfully helped thousands of businesses across the region to access funding, tap into supply chains, increase productions and reach their full potential.
This year's sector lead is Stuart Mackintosh, CEO of OpusVL. Stuart founded OpusVL in 1999 to bring professional Open Source software to businesses through providing customised solutions, support and infrastructure.Aside from OpusVL, Stuart founded a company in 2014 delivering infrastructure to the education sector, requiring no licensing expenses.He also acquired a company in 2013 that delivers mission critical software to universities, local councils, blue-chips and financial institutions.Stuart was recently appointed chair of the UK Open Source Industry Association and has advised the Cabinet Office on their move towards Open Source and Open Standards Policy. Stuart has been recognised nationally, and now internationally as a leader in Open Source technology and has giventalks all over the world.
"By challenging your own processes and becoming more joined-up, you improve communications, productivity and drive local economic benefits. Digital technology has evolved to be commodity - it is no longer a limiting factor."
There are a huge number of events taking place in this sector, covering a wide range of topics. There are eight featured events in this sector, including:
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