Dorset’s digital transformation – how funding will create jobs and boost revenue

  4th August 2017       Charmaine Padfield
 Recruitment, Employment, Executive Search, Human Resources, IT & Software Solutions, Office & Commercial, Temps

Dorset’s digital sector has been asked how a £1.2million grant for boosting the industry should be spent.

The money comes from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be spent by Silicon South, the not-for-profit body set up to develop the county’s digital economy.

David Ford, chairman of Silicon South, said the ERDF money, with match funding, would help boost the digital transformation that was already going on.

“Hopefully it generates more jobs, more careers, more excitement for what we’re doing,” he said.

Silicon South director Anthony Story said the match funding would serve the objectives of creating jobs, developing new products and increasing revenue.

“We’re not looking to do one-off activities or sticking-plaster type activity. We want to create things which operate over a period of time and have a meaningful impact on the companies who are working with us. The key thing is to try and identify what are the areas for growth that the industry can identify for itself. How can we develop some programmes that can support that?”

Representatives from the digital sector were invited to The Future of Silicon South, an event at THIS Workspace in the Daily Echo building, to help shape the programmes it will develop. During the feedback, it was apparent that there were three common themes:

Mentoring of both companies and individuals looking to develop their careers, accessing new clients and avenues for businesses to expand. There was a need to help businesses access the professional skills and support they needed to step up in size.

Silicon South is using the feedback to design programmes which will be revealed at the end of summer 2017.



Charmaine Padfield

Managing Consultant

Charmaine’s extensive recruitment career started in 2001. Heading up our IT Recruitment Division, Charmaine has an uncanny knack of sourcing uniquely skilled talent for our clients and this is coupled with a tenacity and a great work ethic resulting in many recruitment success stories. Her ability to stay calm when …

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