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Bridging Gaps, Building Futures: A Symposium on Inclusivity in SMEs Digitalisation in the West Midlands -Panel Discussion

  •  15th July 2024
     10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bridging Gaps, Building Futures: A Symposium on Inclusivity in SMEs Digitalisation in the West Midlands -Panel Discussion

Event Details

Date: Monday 15th July | Time: 10:00 – 12:00 | Location: Zoom

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Purpose

The purpose of arranging a panel discussion among SME owners, academics, and digitalisation experts is to bridge the gap between theory and practice in digitalisation adoption. This discussion aims to illuminate inclusivity issues in digitalisation within the West Midlands and provide a platform for firsthand data collection from experts and users.

Given the future importance of AI and data analytics, this activity aims to identify concerns and issues related to digital transformation. The insights gathered will inform policymakers in developing hard and soft support measures for SME owners navigating digitalisation.

Audience

The event will attract predominantly SME owners, Academics, local authorities involved in business development, and digitalisation experts.

Programme

The event will consist of presentations and panel discussions:

10:00 – 10:10: Registration, Welcome and introductions

10:10 – 10:45: Setting the scene – sharing some relevant research

  • Dr Samia Mahmood – Exploring the Adoption of Digitalisation in UK SMEs: Analysing Gender, Ethnicity, and Geographical Leadership Variations
  • Dr Kayvan Kousha – ChatGPT in Action: What AI Chatbots Can and Can’t Do for Your Business

10:45 – 11:30: Panel Discussion

  • Professor Javed Hussain (Professor of SME Financing, Birmingham City University, UK )
  • Professor Robyn Owen (Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, Middlesex University, UK)
  • Ms Neo Chatyoka (CEO and Founder of Uhuru Botanicals Ltd, a natural skin and hair care brand)
  • Dr Lorelei Gherman (Knowledge Transfer Manager – Advanced Manufacturing, Innovate UK Business Connect)

11:30 – 12:00: Question and Answer session

12:00: Event Close

The University of Wolverhampton will record audio and video of the event and take notes throughout the panel discussions for research purposes. You can sign the consent form to opt in or out of this research.

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