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Ambition North Wales launches SME Connectivity Assessments project

A project has begun to provide funded guidance and recommendations to North Wales small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on the adoption of new wireless communications technologies. 

 

Led by Ambition North Wales, the SME Connectivity Assessments initiative is through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and will be delivered by BIC Innovation Ltd in partnership with Intelligens Consulting. 

 

SMEs based in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey are now encouraged to apply for the fully-funded project, which does have limited availability.

 

Support to successful applicants will be given via in-person consultations – assessing current use of technology and opportunities for improvement, alongside expert guidance on a wide range of digital connectivity technologies and transformative solutions.

 

Following the consultations, businesses will receive a customised report with recommendations on areas such as training and recruitment, property upgrades or modifications, procurement and funding options. 

 

Stuart Whitfield, Digital Programme Manager at Ambition North Wales, said,  

 

This is an exciting opportunity for businesses in North Wales to understand how they can benefit from enhancing their use of wireless technologies. Whether it is the use of sophisticated 5G private networks in manufacturing to monitor and control equipment or relatively simple and low cost LoRaWAN (long range wide area network) sensors to remotely keep track of energy usage, humidity levels or room occupancy, the applications are vast. 

 

As the technology continues to advance rapidly so do the opportunities which are becoming increasingly accessible and user friendly. 

 

“This customised support will help businesses to investigate wireless infrastructure options to become more efficient and develop new products and services.”  

 

To express an interest in a consultation, SMEs based in Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd or Anglesey should express their interest by 19 July 2024.

 

Due to limited availability applications will undergo careful assessment to ensure suitability for the available support. Insights from discussions will help inform future interventions for North Wales businesses, as part of a wider package of projects. 

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