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Ladies, do you have digital skills and are you willing to share them?

A Kent-based business at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and success is asking women to share their digital skills this Women’s History Month.

Community and members club, Digital Women, wants ladies of all abilities from beginner to expert to help others to learn by taking part in their ‘Digital Skills Showcase Challenge.’ The initiative is headed by Lucy Hall of Avisso Media, the digital marketing and events agency founded in partnership with her husband, Stuart Hall and based at the Business Terrace run by Maidstone Borough Council (MBC).  

Participants of the Digital Skills Showcase Challenge are invited to film themselves showing their skill in 20 minutes or less – anything from ‘how to use Instagram reels’ to ‘how to create a digital course’ – and post it to the Digital Women Facebook group, or on social media using the hashtags #DigitalWomensMonth and #SkillShare.

Since its inception, Digital Women has gone from strength to strength, growing from 900 to 7,000 members, some as far as Spain and New Zealand, as well as receiving support from Dragon’s Den’s Deborah Meaden who recently got in touch to take part in a Q&A. The much-anticipated Digital Women Awards shortlist is due to be announced on International Women’s Day tomorrow (March 8) where the ’40 Women to Watch in 2021’ will also be revealed.

The business’s achievements have led to founder Lucy being described as ‘one of the most influential women in UK tech.’ Lucy says: “I am really excited about the digital skill sharing challenge! It’s going to be great to see what people create and how it boosts confidence in return.

“Giving people a platform to share their expertise means that new role models are created and other women have someone that looks like them that inspires them into a digital business or career. These initiatives help us towards our mission of empowering a million women through digital skills.”

Digital Women was launched in 2019 with the aim of closing the gender skills gap and comprises a broad mix of members from students, freelancers and business owners to designers, tech specialists and global marketing directors. Both Digital Women and Avisso Media are based at the MBC Growth Accelerator, the Business Terrace which provides a new generation of flexible workspace to help businesses to start, grow and thrive.

John Foster, MBC’s head of regeneration and economic development, adds: “This is a great initiative from Digital Women in Women’s History Month to continue their work championing women. It’s so exciting to see a Maidstone business really leading the way in its field and helping cement Maidstone’s status as ‘the business capital of Kent’. It’s a fantastic example of the wealth of talent in the borough and we want to nurture even more pioneering businesses like this.

“Business Terrace tenants like Digital Women and Avisso Media have access to a range of advice and resources, but support is also open to all businesspeople in Maidstone looking to grow and develop. I hope they are inspired to access the help available and achieve their ambitions.”

To find out more about the Business Terrace and access help and support visit here. And to find out more about the Digital Skills Showcase Challenge visit here.  

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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