On Friday 14 December saw our final session for 2018 and we celebrated with an excellent packed hall of around 100+ people made up of SME’s, M3JC members, alumni, supporters, volunteers and trustees.
It was fantastic to see so many new and ‘old’ faces and get such great support.The theme for this year’s event was ‘connecting members to business‘. This is a fundamental part of what we’ve always strive to achieve at M3JC. So, being able to work in collaboration with Connecting Biz for this event, gave all parties a tremendous opportunity to engage in structured networking whether and SME or M3JC member and felt we met that aim. It also provided us the chance to create some awareness of our services to local business and enable businesses to spot potential talent.
We’d love to do more events and perhaps during 2019, we’ll be able to collaborate with more companies to connect people.
Thank you to all the businesses who attended, and we’d be delighted to hear from you as to how you found the event and if you have any questions or suggestions for us. You can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org. For those businesses who attended, if you’d like a copy of Mike’s presentation, please email us.
Our special guest speaker, Dr Mike Short CBE FREng FIET FBCS FITP, Chief Scientific Adviser to Department of International Trade, treated the audience to an extremely interesting and informative presentation on “Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Risks for Businesses and the Workforce”.Source: GSMA
Some great questions came from the audience, such as the pros and cons of AI, the impact to the workforce and what role government and business has to play in creating and developing new skills of the future.
We’re grateful to Mike for his time and expertise and learning some interesting fun facts about mobile devices, the Internet and many others that provided some context as to how quickly the digital age has swept the world.
It was also fascinating to hear of what the UK has to offer and what organisations are the ‘ones to watch’ to become a potential unicorns (companies with a market valuation of $1bn)
UK is home to a huge pool of digital and technical talent and world class R&D and today, the UK is accounts for 38% of Europes 34 unicorns
- 2.1m digital jobs
- 300k devs in London
- 3 of top 10 global computer sciences unis in the UK
The Worshipful, the Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Cllr Keating spoke about the positive benefits of business and charity working together and provided an excellent example from the table he was at, where one of the businesses was looking for the skills of one of our members as a result of the Connecting Biz networking session.
I was very pleased to hear that our event raised the most money, ever, for a Connecting Biz event, £212 that will enable us to pay for some members (outside the Basingstoke & Deane area) to benefit from our additional full day focus workshops or one-to-one professional coaching.
We’d like to thank the Mayor and Connecting Biz for their support and contribution to make this an amazing event. We would also like to thank Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council for the funding for Basingstoke residents to already benefit from these additional sessions.
A big thank you to all those who have supported us over the last year and our premier sponsor, Cass Information Systems who covered the main cost of the event.
The logos below show the number of companies, large and small who regularly support us, and many for several years, for which we are truly grateful. You can find more details about who our presenters are by going to our website.
We would also like to offer our appreciation to:
- Trevor Band and Malcolm Hawkins for being our Hosts
- Sue and Suzanne for serving refreshments with a smile every week
- Chris Wright our IT master, whose supported us from the outset. Keeps low but the value and calibre of his unwavering support is truly appreciated.