Roadshow urges businesses to be more ‘digital-friendly’

A Roe Valley roadshow designed to encourage local business and training organisations to use digital media has been hailed a “success” by organisers.

The event, held last Wednesday at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, was the brainchild of “Online Qualification Sales”, a partnership between Limavady’s own Northwest Lifelong Learning and Benmore Health and Safety Specialists based in Antrim.

Betty McNerlin from Northwest Lifelong Learning said: “It has allowed both ourselves and Benmore Health and Safety Specialists to offer a new and exciting range of qualifications under the one umbrella brand. Our qualifications range from online NVQs in Administration, Retail, ICT to professional office services such as ‘HR in a Box’, with its award winning suite of training videos admirable suited to small Northern Ireland businesses and community/voluntary organisations.”

Ms Mcnerlin said the roadshow illustrated how new technologies can be used, including video conferencing, daily to help reduce cost whilst also increasing revenue.

“By using Skype. for example, we have begun to forge relationships with companies in Donegal, Manchester, Swindon, Newry and Macedonia,” said Ms Mcnerlin.

David Shaw from Benmore Health and Safety Specialists said: “The digital world is a smaller place today and using digital media can save businesses money, if they would only let us show how it can be done on a much more economical and efficient footing”.

The roadshow was also an opportunity to present ‘World Host’ pins to local eatery George’s Café, after five of the completed a two-day tourism qualification with ‘Online Qualification Sales’, in association with sponsorship funding from Limavady Borough Council and the Department for Learning (NI).

World Host is the flagship new qualification in customer care delivered by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and costs only £20 per person and is available at this hugely sponsored price for anyone who serves, talks to or makes contact with tourists. The Classic Winebar, Limavady, also joined in when 10 of the company’s staff undertook the course as well.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made the event such a success, thanks to Julie Brolly at the Piazza café for “feeding the troops” and special thanks to the Stendhal pandas for coming too! Mini podcasts and videos are available to view online,” added McMcNerlin.