Digital enterprise and cyber resilience championed at business event

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University Centre Weston (UCW) and North Somerset Council co-hosted an event on Thursday (18 May) that was also supported by Barclays Corporate to promote digital enterprise in North Somerset.

The Digital Showcase, held at UCW’s Knightstone Campus in Weston, saw students from UCW’s Applied Computing degrees, which are delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol, present the website and application development projects they have been working on with local businesses to more than 50 attendees.

The projects included new websites for creative and retail businesses; an automated agricultural tagging system; a smartphone mileage tracker; an e-portfolio system; and an application for managing show jumping events.

Attendees also took part in a panel discussion on cybersecurity led by Edward Heath from Avon and Somerset Police, Amber Olsen from Barclays Corporate, Paul Romano from IT Governance Ltd and Barry Horne from BPH Training.

The evening also included a talk on UCW’s new degree apprenticeship in Digital and Technology Solutions, which is also being delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol.

UCW’s Assistant Director Sadie Skellon said: “It was fantastic to welcome so many members of the digital business community to UCW and have them meet with students and find out about their projects.

“The panel discussion was also informative and interesting, and timely in the wake of the recent ransomware attacks affecting thousands of organisations across the world.”

John Wilkinson, North Somerset Council’s Head of Transformation and Policy, added: “The Digital Showcase provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the talented students and innovative businesses that are contributing to an emerging North Somerset digital economy.

“Encouraging prosperity and opportunity is a key aim for the Council, and we look forward to working closely with UCW and other partners to achieve this goal within the digital sector.”