Showcasing the Best of Welsh Business


22nd May – Cardiff
Digital Productivity and Regional Resilience: An SME Focus



Cardiff University and its partners invite you to a one day conference to discuss the challenge of increasing productivity amongst Welsh firms.

The day will showcase experts from the academic, policymaking and business community who focus on exploiting digital technologies to realise business productivity gains.

The event will include case studies detailing practical ways Welsh firms have exploited digital technologies to boost productivity, efficiency, innovation and expand operations. Audience participation and engagement with presenters through questions and discussions is actively encouraged.

The conference will also launch Cardiff University’s Digital Maturity Economic Impact Report for Wales 2018. The report will highlight how digital technologies are impacting on productivity in Wales.

This conference is supported by the Welsh Government’s Superfast Broadband Business Exploitation programme, part-funded by European Regional Development Funds.


09.45 – Registration

10.15 – Introduction to the Conference
Professor Tony Davies – Chair of the Advisory Panel for the Superfast Broadband Business Exploitation Programme

10.30 – Laura Norris – The regional context for SME digital technology use and regional productivity

11.00 – Professor Andrew Henley – Building resilience in the regional small business base: innovation drivers of productivity

11.30 – Break 

11.40 – Dr. Adrian Healy – Regional economic resilience in an age of digital technologies: exploring the tensions, trade-offs and opportunities

12.10 – Professor Calvin Jones – AI, automation and regional processes

12.40 – Lunch 

13.35 – Introduction to the afternoon agenda 
Michael Groves – Director of the Superfast Broadband Business Exploitation programme

13.50 – Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport

14.10 – Giles Phelps, Spectrum Internet – Deploying broadband in Wales – challenges and opportunities

14.30 – Wayne Phillips, Amazon Web Services – Cloud computing: a business opportunity for Wales

14.50 – Sharon Smith – Hazelwood Carpentry – Implementing a digital strategy in a small business

15.10 – Conclusions

15.20 – 16.30 – Tea, networking and depart

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WHEN:22nd May 2019 – 09:45–15:15
Cardiff – Park Plaza Hotel