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Workshops for Small Businesses

digilab.pngThe Digital Lab Knowledge Exchange Team delivers a range of workshops for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) on a regular basis.

Led by Dr. Mark Swift, the team delivers workshops that give SMEs an insight into the digital technology available to them as well as access to the research base at the Lab. The team work to help SMEs across a range of sectors build significant competitive advantage through the application of new technology. SMEs in the region can also work with The Digital Lab to:

  • Access new business opportunities and partnerships through the WMCCM Collaborative Marketplace
  • Launch a product or use a demonstrator for your customers
  • Build new networks
  • Access research and knowledge transfer funding
  • Work with high calibre Warwick graduates through MSc, PHD and knowledge transfer programmes.

The following workshops will be offered from September 2011:

Information Environment

In these tough times where ROI and sweating the assets are paramount we need methods and solutions for delivering good business information without spending on even more technology.

If you cannot afford to invest in data warehouses and data mining technologies you can still achieve optimum benefit from your data by ensuring its accuracy, relevance and currency.

Attendees will come away with an action plan for improving their bottom line by applying the concepts they learn during the day. There will be time for individual discussion and focussing on specific sectors, businesses or issues.

conceptConcept to Model

Prototype your way to profit

Reduce time to market & leverage in-house design! This workshop will demonstrate the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and Rapid Prototyping technologies that enable SME businesses to get from concept -> product -> market as quickly as possible.

This workshop offers hands on experience of 3D modelling software and an opportunity to prototype your concepts in a DAY!

  • 3D Modelling
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • 3D printing
  • Computer Aided Engineering – Magics/Mimics

The workshop is provided by some of the leading Academic and Industrial specialists in the field.


This workshop has a commercial value of £1000, due to AWM funding is available free to West Midlands based Small and Medium sized Enterprise's.

Who should come to this workshop?

West Midlands based SMEs

If you are active or looking to develop Product Design capability in the Creative Industries, Health Care and Manufacturing sectors this workshop is for you.

Why should you come to this?

In a market that increasingly demands speed, accuracy & flexibility, it is vital to make decisions on concepts quickly to get them to market. Attendees will get an introduction to affordable 3D modelling tools along with an understanding of the advantages of Rapid Prototyping and how it can be effective in winning new business.

healthcare.jpgInnovating for Healthcare Splashdown

If you are an innovative SME with products for the health care sector, come along to find funding or industry collaborators. Get free advice to help you break into the healthcare sector.

For the past year, Innovation Factory and WMG Digital have brought innovation to the healthcare sector with a series of Innovating for Healthcare workshops.

To mark the successes of this project, we are inviting SMEs interested in the health sector to join us and various funding and venture capital bodies for an afternoon of presentations, pitches and networking.

The most succesful companies from the project will be pitching their business plans in front of funders. They are great case studies for how to grow your innovative business into the health sector.

      Web SecurityWeb Application Security Workshop

      Application. Vulnerability. Testing.

      Do you know how easy it is for hackers to get into your website?

      Have you ever wondered how easy it would be? Rewriting the content? Resetting the Administrator’s password?

      We can offer you the opportunity to find out how worryingly easy it can be – at our FREE Cyber Security Workshop.

      There’s a very serious side to all this of course – protecting YOUR website from people who indulge in those questionable extracurricular activities.

      What are we talking about?
      • Access Control
      • Session Management
      • Data Validation
      • Logical Flaws
      • Cross-site scripting /XSRF
      • Mitigation
      Why should you come to this?

      Our aim is to help you ensure your site is secure and protected. We want to help you keep those malicious hackers at bay. You can leave this workshop confident that your data will be protected.

      Who should come to this?
      • West Midlands based SMEs
      • Web developers, website managers
      • Prior ASP & PHP desirable

      This workshop has a commercial value of £1000, due to AWM funding is available free to West Midlands based Small/Medium sized Enterprises.

      This Digital Workshop is from a new range of SME focused services from the Digital Lab Knowledge Exchange team.

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      More information

      Contact the Knowledge Exchange Team at the Digital Lab:

      Eleanor Precious
      Marketing and Business Engagement Manager

      Tel: 0247 657 5594