Entrepreneur and investor Rob Wilmot, who helped found Internet service provider Freeserve in the 1990s before the firm was sold to Wanadoo for £1.6 billion, is in international demand as a speaker and has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 13th March conference at DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln.
Entrepreneur and investor Rob Wilmot, who helped found Internet service provider Freeserve in the 1990s before the firm was sold to Wanadoo for £1.6 billion, is in international demand as a speaker and has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 13th March conference at DoubleTree by Hilton Lincoln. Rob, who is nonexecutive director of the Cabinet Office’s Government Procurement Service with responsibility for digital services and also co-founded cloud computing service Crowdicity which is used by John Lewis Partnership, LEGO, NHS and Ofsted, said: “Since the 90s technology has advanced at an often bewildering pace.
“I was to be born at a time where, in my mid-twenties the CDROM and the PC became the norm, and the Internet was emerging. I’ve been fortunate to have been part of the development of how people use the Internet by introducing new products and services. I understand firsthand what kind of things businesses need to be on the look out for.
“It’s vital that businesses have a thorough understanding of what services – like cloud computing, online voice and video communications and other online tools and services – so that they can keep up withemerging competition and maintain their competitive edge. “I’ll be giving advice on how you can incorporate cloudbased services to improve efficiency, leverage social media as a business generation tool and also taking a peek at what’s on the horizon.” Lincolnshire County Councillor Kelly Smith, Executive Member for Finance and HR, said: “The county council will soon be rolling out first-class broadband across Lincolnshire. This conference will be a chance for businesses to find out more about the opportunities this will bring for them.
“Many businesses aren’t aware yet of how to take advantage of the digital services that come with better broadband, and the many commercial opportunities through improved efficiency, connection with customers and exposure to an expanding global market. Our aim with the conference is to change that. And with a major keynote speaker like Rob Wilmot in the lineup this is one event local businesses can’t afford to miss.”
Also speaking is Stephen Parry from Lloyd Parry, Trefor Davies, from Timico Technology Group, Jonathan Fitzgerald from Lincolnshire County Council’s communications and Richard Duxbury from Lincolnshire Media, which publishes the Lincolnshire Echo. Delegates will get a chance to take part in a question and answer session with all the speakers.
Stuart McFarlane from CDI Alliance, which is organising the event on behalf of onlincolnshire, said:
“All our speakers will offer a unique take on how to use the Internet and digital technology to improve business, and our keynote speaker is a particular draw.
“Rob is a truly great presenter with an inspiring business story to tell about seeing an opportunity, changing the way the company did business, improving customer service and making technology work for him and his customers.”
The idea behind the event is to inform, engage and connect Lincolnshire businesses so they don’t get left behind the rest of the UK when superfast broadband arrives. The conference is partfinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and organised by digital specialists CDI Alliance on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council.