Companies in the West Midlands looking to harness the power of digital to grow their businesses can sign up for a free two-day 'summer school' next month.

The event is being organised by the Greater Birmingham Digital Academy and takes place at Fazeley Studios and the Custard Factory in Digbeth on June 25 and 26.

Delegates will be able to attend a series of hands-on workshops around the themes of data, marketing and growth with industry experts in situ to discuss the challenges of technology.

The event is open to SMEs from across the West Midlands which trade with other businesses and delegates who complete the two days will receive a 'graduate certificate' from the Greater Birmingham Digital Academy.

The academy was launched earlier this year by Digital Birmingham, the council-funded organisation tasked with developing digital skills and promoting digital industries in the city.

Since then, it has hosted a series of workshops for small businesses in the region.

Raj Mack, head of Digital Birmingham, said the summer school was the latest strand of a long-term strategy to equip business with the necessary skills to thrive in the digital age.

He said: "When we carried out our Greater Birmingham Digital Audit earlier this year there were two significant but contrasting findings.

"The first was that almost half of the SMEs we spoke to did not understand the opportunities offered by digital. The other was that, for those that had embraced digital technology in their business, half had experienced growth because of it.

"With so many businesses in the region yet to embark on their digital journey despite the clear benefits, we launched the Greater Birmingham Digital Academy this year to give businesses the knowledge, tools and confidence to adapt their business to the rapidly changing landscape of the 21st century.

"Using the feedback from those workshops and the Greater Birmingham Digital Audit, we have been able to get an even better understanding of the needs of business to get ahead. That is why we have launched our summer school."

The Greater Birmingham Digital Academy and summer school are supported by the Greater Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership and the ERDF - registration is via