Designer talks at conference

Leading fashion designer Wayne Hemingway is to give a talk at a conference in Northumberland next week.

The event, on Tuesday at Linden Hall, near Longhorsley, is being held by iNorthumberland Business Support to highlight the free help available to Northumbrian firms looking to boost their online presence.

It will bring together industry experts and county businesses to spell out the importance of digital technology to companies.

The day will include a keynote speech by Lancashire-born Hemingway, other talks by industry experts, advice sessions and the chance to hear from businesses already benefiting from iNorthumberland Business Support’s digital help programme.

The support package includes online training in subjects including social media, search engine optimisation, digital marketing, cloud technologies and cyber security.

It also offers one-to-one advice, access to an online learning system, free masterclasses and a financial incentive worth up to £400 to upgrade to superfast broadband.

Mr Hemingway, made a Member of the British Empire in 2006, said: “The online world opens up so many possibilities for businesses to start, grow and flourish, and I’m delighted to be asked to speak at this event and hopefully encourage many more businesses to take full advantage of this fantastic support package.”

Booking is essential for the conference, on from 9.30am to 4pm. To register, visit

For details, call 07807 493723.