Lincolnshire

Second Lincolnshire Business Expo a success, say attendees and exhibitors

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More than 1,300 people attended the Lincolnshire Business Expo at the Lincolnshire Showground on January 18, the county’s largest B2B networking event.

The day, organised by Lincolnshire Business, saw more than 90 exhibitors and 35 speakers across 25 events.

Highlights included a panel of technology leaders and industry experts, including TV presenter and host of The Gadget Show UK and US Jason Bradbury.

The panel focused on how technology has changed the course of business in Lincolnshire and how low broadband speed can impact growing businesses, as well as investments in artificial intelligence (AI).

Jon Moss, CEO and Founder of Hull Digital, also on the panel, looked at the differences between Hull and Lincolnshire saying that Hull is the broadband capital of the UK with speeds of up to 1GB, a statistic that even surprised Jason Bradbury.

Many events were completely sold out with business representatives on the hunt for the most up to date information on topics such as Brexit, where another panel talked in depth about the impact it has had on the county, both the good and the bad.

Colin Davie, Executive Councillor for Economic Development for Lincolnshire County Council and one of the panel members, said: “I think the key thing that came out of the discussions today was the panel’s desire to make sure that the process has really good outcomes for Lincolnshire.

“We have talked about challenges around skills and the 200,000 jobs we’re going to create in the next 10 years and not having enough people to fill them.

“We need to invest in research, development, automation and technology.

“It’s about making sure that the government hears the message that there is a real partnership here in Lincolnshire, determined to make a success of Brexit and to help the government achieve a really good outcome.

“I think there may be some initial blips but I really believe we now understand to be a global Britain in a global age of technology in terms of investment and automation, we’re going to have to invest more in infrastructure and technology. We will meet those challenges over the next 10-20 years, but there may be some short term issues and we need to smooth those issues out.”

Videos of both the panel discussion will be available to view in full tomorrow.