More than 300 of the region’s leading SMEs attended Birmingham’s first digital summit which aimed to help businesses become more successful by embracing the digital revolution.

The all-day Greater Birmingham Digital Summit at the ICC saw speakers from Microsoft, Google and Linkedin discuss the benefits of digital technology and how it can help organisations improve performance and enter new markets, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Other topics covered at the event included what digital tools are available to SMEs, the use of social media for selling and networking, and the parliamentary perspective on the digital economy.

Talks from Pete Danks, Industry Head at Google UK, and Ha Cole, Architect & Strategist at Microsoft, helped set the scene for SMEs to understand what technology is available to them now, and what’s just around the corner, such as drone deliveries and 3D printing.

Birmingham Post editor Stacey Barnfield chaired a panel debate discussing digital options for businesses.

Panel guests were Mr Danks, Ms Cole, Dr Phil Extance, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Business Partnerships at Aston University, Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Shadow Cabinet Minister leading on cyber security and social entrepreneurship and Coun Lisa Trickett from Birmingham City Council.

Organised by Digital Birmingham, the event also saw the launch of the Greater Birmingham Digital Academy by Coun Trickett - a series of free workshops which will take place throughout the year providing advice and support on a range of issues around digital technology.

For more information about the Greater Birmingham Digital Academy and to sign up for free workshops please visit