Lancashire IT Forum

Lancashire IT Forum

Lancashire IT Forum

Date: 09/05/2018

Address: Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Further Lane, Mellor, UK

Hosted by: Community & Business Partners & Affilius Group


Wednesday 9th May 2018
11.30am to 2.00pm
Stanley House Hotel, Further Lane, Mellor, Lancashire BB2 7NP


  1. Buffet Lunch & Networking (11.30am to 12.00pm)

  2. Welcome and General Introduction (12.00pm)

  3. Craig Hines – Project Manager - Vedas
    Continuous improvement with IT
    Vedas Services are the people development specialists, based in Burnley, Lancashire. As a growing, multifunctional organisation Vedas faces the same challenges as many other organisations when it comes to IT - providing an efficient and easy to use service, effective policies and procedures plus improving administration and operations - all on a tight budget. Craig will explain some of the key challenges being addressed and the IT solutions being put in place.

  4. Claire Bennett – Charity Manager - PAC (Positive Action In The Community)
    How a five year IT strategy delivered award-winning results at PAC
    PAC is an award-winning charity, working across Pendle, Rossendale and Burnley. They provide supported accommodation to homeless young people, support to adults and children affected by domestic violence and early support to families who are struggling. Claire will describe the five year journey PAC has been on to implement innovative new IT based working practices based on a new software solution across its multiple projects and sites.

  5. Our IT Forum Debating Duo – Chris and Richard – Cloud V On Premis servers
    Chris (Director, Lighten Ltd) and Richard (Director, Black Bear IT Solutions Ltd) will put forward the pro's and con's for Cloud computing versus a more traditional on-premis server setup within a business.

  • Cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data. Cloud computing is often available as a managed service with activities such as backups and security provided by a Cloud Computing supplier. 

  • On-premis servers are the use of an organisation's own servers on a local network in its own buildings. It is typically the organisation's responsibility to manage and administer the server to provide users access to the software they need.

  1. Chris Hunter, Creative Director – HM Network Ltd 
    GDPR – Are you ready?
    The General Data Protection Regulation has been described as the most significant overhaul in data protection in a generation. GDPR comes into force 25th May 2018, 16 days after this forum! Chris has been a key figure in the Lancashire area running the GDPR Roadshow, supporting businesses in being compliant and sharing best practice, are you ready?

  2. Andrew Dewhurst, Managing Director – Affilius Group 
    IT Download -
    Andrew will conclude the forum with a brief discussion of current topics relating to technology and share key tips to help you improve your business performance. 

  3. Any Other Business 

  4. Next Forum – 12th September 2018

    IT Free Support Clinic - from 2.00pm, members of Affilius Group and our guest speakers will be available to answer any individual questions or queries you may have in relation to your organisation.

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