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Digital Dock lands at Sandbank Business Park in Dunoon

Around 30 businesses and local groups came to the launch of a new digital initiative at the Fairmile Building in Dunoon yesterday (Monday, October 2).

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is introducing a special programme of #hellodigital events in Dunoon over the next six months to help enterprises make the most of digital opportunities – and how they promote and operate their businesses and projects.  

The sessions will be held at the Dunoon Digital Dock in The Fairmile Building at the Sandbank Business Park. The Digital Dock is a large digital suite which has been kitted out with a maritime theme, where HIE and partners including Business Gateway will host digital workshops and seminars.

The centre was opened today by local MP Brendan O’Hara. Experts from Google Digital Garage kicked off with a session about digital innovation. This provided hands on experience of 360 cameras, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Liza Moran from HIE said: “We are delighted to have opened this facility in Dunoon. It will offer an opportunity for businesses and community groups to access high quality training and support in latest technology. As well as the #hellodigital sessions we will also be working with Business Gateway who will use the venue for their DigitalBoost workshops. We are also delighted that local technology firms BC Technologies and SAMTEQ, which are based in the Fairmile Building are partnering us and offering to support the facility.

“We want to offer Argyll and Bute groups and businesses the opportunity to meet with the experts who can show them first hand how technology can be used in many different projects.”

Brendan O’Hara MP commented: “Digital is dominating modern life and it’s opening more and more opportunities for commerce across the board, from marketing, to networking, to sales and beyond.  These sessions will open doors for so many and inspire the entrepreneurs amongst us.  Even if you think you know your stuff, there’s always more to learn.”

“Argyll and Bute has so much to offer and we need to take every opportunity to put ourselves out there.  With the backbone of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the partners in this initiative, these sessions will be invaluable”

There will be a Digital Heritage workshop at the end of October looking at how digital technologies can play a part in heritage – whether by creating interactive experiences for visitors on historic sites, or by recreating scenes in virtual reality. There’ll also be a Virtual Reality Expo in November.

Experts will deliver each event, helping explore current trends, and looking at how on-line behaviour is set to change. The aim is to help keep pace with technologies that are quickly becoming widely adopted and to take advantage of the opportunities they present for your business.

Find out more about what’s on offer at #hellodigital over the next few months and to secure your places, please visit   


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