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10 insight MAY/JUNE 2019

Skills – the challenges affecting businesses

Business West has recently released 12 Local Sector Skills Statements for 2019, reporting on the skills challenges affecting businesses in the West of England. Each statement provides an insight into the skills

challenges faced by different industries and share possible solutions to these challenges and partnerships to address them. They also highlight notable achievements and developments in skills in various sectors, in addition to celebrating success stories. Head of skills at Business West, Nicky

Williams, said: “The Local Sector Skills Statements are a great strategic resource for education providers, skills support organisations and businesses in the region, or indeed anyone involved in planning or development around skills and training. “Our training providers across the

‘The Local Sector Skills

decisions and identifying key areas for training and continuing professional development investment.” All 12 statements, which include

Statements are a great strategic resource’

region will use the statements to inform their curriculum planning and decisions on future investment in the skills landscape, and businesses will find them useful to assist them in making informed workforce planning and resourcing

advanced engineering and aerospace, construction, creative and digital, distribution, health and life sciences, high tech, low carbon, professional and financial services, retail, rural and food economy, social enterprise and visitor economy, are available to download from the Business

West website: statements

Social Media Week to return to Bristol

Global conference, Social Media Week has announced its return to Bristol from 10 – 14 June 2019. One of 25 cities worldwide to host a Social Media Week, Bristol is the only city in the UK outside of London to get involved. The 2019 edition of Social

Media Week Bristol will have a curated stream of inspirational events, talks and seminars. Held previously in 2016 and 2018, the week has previously included keynotes from Facebook, Buzzfeed, Twitter, Glassdoor and Yahoo, a 50 strong events programme attended by 2,000 delegates from over 80 different brands and businesses and visitors from as far afield as the US and Dubai. Social Media Week Bristol

provides a global collaborative and innovative platform to showcase the South West’s expertise as well as providing grass roots opportunities for

networking, knowledge sharing and engagement with the wider business community. The theme for 2019 is STORIES:

With great influence comes great responsibility. This theme explores the role of people that work in social media – content creators, journalists, marketers, technologists – and the responsibility they have to be truthful and real in all communication. The event will bring together

key players that contribute to that knowledge and also seek to facilitate collaboration with businesses and enterprises that have yet to fully realise the potential of social media. It has events tailored to businesses and professionals who want to further their understanding of emerging technology, mobile and social media and sessions dedicated to those who are already at the cutting edge of new trends. Social Media Week Bristol

sponsors include Business West,

Foot Anstey, Access Creative College and ADLIB. Agency sponsors include Fat Media, Fourth Floor Creative Co, Home, Noisy Little Monkey and Nomensa. Industry supporters include the DMA, PRCA, IPA and CIPR SW. Confirmed collaborative partners for 2019 are Visit Bristol, Bristol Media, and Enterprise Nation.

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