CHAIN2’s 8th business convention in Bournemouth – Silicon Beach

interregThe Channel Innovation Network (CHAIN2) held its 8th business convention in Bournemouth on the 17th September.

The business convention took place to coincide with the 4th annual “Silicon Beach” conference in Bournemouth. Silicon Beach 2014 brought together the UK’s leading strategic thinkers, digital innovators and people who develop brands.

A delegation of entrepreneurs from Normandy and Brittany had the opportunity for a morning’s visit to Bournemouth University’s International VFX Hub, which acts as the initial point of contact for the creative and technical expertise available in the Animation and VFX departments of the University. One of The VFX Hubs primary aims is to provide commercial outlets and links to industry for students, graduates and academic staff. In the afternoon 1-2-1 business meetings were organised at the Executive Business Centre where the French delegation met UK businesses working in the digital and communication sectors. Last but not least, the networking dinner brought together around 60 business professionals (French and UK companies, CHAIN2 partners, along with the organisers, speakers and sponsors from the Silicon Beach event).

The face to face meetings were voted a success by the businesses. For most of the companies, the convention event was much more than simply exchanging business cards.

Aude Garnier, business developer at VOXYGEN (Anticipa Lannion), was delighted with her initial discussions with the UK companies: “they showed a lively interest in our solutions for the field of speech synthesis integrating the spoken word and some of the companies could include them in their current offer”.

Olivier Legoupil, co-founder of the Studio Pickup (Caen) decided to participate in this business convention to meet companies in the marketing/communication, multimedia and digital industry: “The first contacts enabled me to notice that the UK businesses have the same problems as my French customers. The people I have met were very interested in my expertise. From 9 meetings, 50% of the people I met have showed an interest and 25% are working on projects in which we could collaborate in the following weeks”.

Philippe Chartois, iReplay (Rennes Atalante) said “I took advantage of the CHAIN convention to initiate my first international steps and the target of the attending UK businesses matches perfectly my expectations: digital companies and web agencies that address all types of industries. These agencies showed interest in our business model and several are ready to test and promote our solution to their customers. In addition, an Enterprise Europe Network representative that I met in the business meeting suggested that we publish our partnership search on the EEN platform, in order to boost our international development.”

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