Media & Technology Lunch

The UK is one of the world’s strongest internet economies, yet the myth persists that it consists largely of tiny dotcom or biotech start-ups in a few high technology clusters that quickly bubble up and often go bust. Data is to this century what oil was to the last one: a driver of growth and change. The digital economy has spread into every part of the United Kingdom, not just in London and the South East but throughout the country, with particularly great intensity in places like Manchester. Manchester the birthplace of the industrial revolution is now one of the European centers of the data and digital revolution.

Flows of data have created new infrastructure, new businesses, high quality jobs, new monopolies, new politics and—crucially—new economics. Digital information is unlike any previous resource; it is extracted, refined, valued, bought, and sold in different ways. It changes the rules for markets, and it demands new approaches from regulators. Many a battle will be fought over who should own, and benefit from, data. Digital Reality defines the data economy as the financial and economic value created by the storage, retrieval, and analysis of large volumes of high-speed business and organisational data, this has become especially true during the COVID pandemic.

The Club has welcomed digital leaders, futurists, developers and entrepreneurs from James Akrigg of Microsoft, Ajaz Ahmned founder of Freeserve, Steve Oliver co-owner of musicMagpie, Futurist Tom Cheesewright, Tech Innovator Naomi Timperley & digital author Nik Maguire.


These lunches are held in the third week of the month on a Wednesday or Thursday and offer unique networking opportunities for anybody from digital professional, to investor or indeed anyone with an interest in the industry.

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If you would like to book onto this event, please use the contact form or telephone 0161 8293000.