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Richard Philips

Richard Philips

Richard Philips

Companies today are rushing headlong to become more digital. But what does digital really mean?

For many, it’s about technology. For others, digital is a new way of engaging with customers. And for others still, it represents an entirely new way of doing business. However, many have the misconception that digital is solely about selling online, social media, website development and/or other e-commerce solutions. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Have you considered advanced technology?

The Digital Surge Programme is a fully funded advanced technologies mentoring programme for enterprises across Northern Ireland.

Mentors will provide the support you need to discover how to fundamentally change how you operate and deliver value to your customers by using technologies such as robotics, the internet of things, blockchain, artificial intelligence/machine learning, big data, and immersive tech (AR/VR).

This fully-funded programme is for eligible organisations from any sector including manufacturing, tradeable services, retail, tourism, hospitality, agriculture, construction, and social enterprises. You just need to open your mind on how advanced technologies can pivot your business model.

Speaking on why his organisation chose to sign up to the Digital Surge Programme, Richard Philips, principal software engineer at Acksen, which designs and manufactures a range of portable electrical voltage and current recorders, says: “We are keen to expand into new markets as well as offer improvements to how we operate or produce products for our customer. We can see a number of new challenges arising with limited solutions available to our target audiences.

“We have a number of concepts in the pipeline that we want to make a reality but are keen to see what technology is accessible to us in order to streamline our business model. By taking part in the Digital Surge Programme we hope to gain a deep knowledge around the various technologies and how these could be integrated cost effectively into our current and future processes.

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“We are on a journey, and by improving our knowledge now we can, through the help of the programme, put in place a route to travel. We want to use this programme to focus on the technologies that will be most suitable for us now and in the future.”

To join an organisation must be a trading enterprise or social enterprise based in Northern Ireland and have less than 50 full time employees.

For details on all eligibility criteria and to register now for mentoring, sign up now at https://bit.ly/digitalsurgeprogramme

(The programme does not cover website and e-commerce development; social media strategies; mobile marketing, paid advertising, blogging and content creation; search engine optimisation, customer relationship management.)

As part of the programme, we’re running Innovation Workshops and Advanced Technology Masterclasses – everyone is welcome to attend these to get a flavour for the programme if you’re curious and want to find out more. 

The Programme is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland, the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme and all 11 councils.


Book your place now on the workshops and masterclasses by visiting https://bit.ly/3ynttvC


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