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Amazon Academy Manchester

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Windmill St, Manchester

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Welcome to the Amazon Academy Manchester

Following the success of the Amazon Academy in London, the next event in the series is taking place at Manchester Central on Friday 31 March. The Amazon Academy will provide free advice and practical support to help SMEs from across the North West succeed in the digital economy. The event is open to businesses of all sizes and is being run in partnership with Enterprise Nation and The Guardian Small Business Network.

Businesses will be able to learn how to use the power of digital to grow your business, boost export sales and improve the customer experience. SMEs ranging from ecommerce businesses, web developers and new startups will be in attendance to hear from a range of speakers who will provide ‘how to’ advice and insights, as well as discussing some of the broader issues facing SMEs.


What happens on the day?

In the morning, you'll be able to find out how you can make the most of the digital opportunity as a small business, with insight from Amazon; Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation, as well as other independent experts.


Following a networking lunch, in the afternoon session attendees will be given practical advice on:

  • How to build their digital capabilities and expertise to boost revenue, geographic reach and productivity

  • How to boost export sales and go global through Amazon Marketplace

  • How Amazon Launchpad can help startups bring innovative new products to market

  • How to use cloud computing to be lean, fast and agile through Amazon Web Services

  • How to reach new customers through Alexa, Amazon’s exciting new cloud-based voice service


You can view the full line up below:


9:00am: Registation and coffee, plus the opportunity to explore the exhibition area

9:30am: Take your seat for the main keynote stage

9:45am: Welcome from Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation, Amazon and special guests

10:00am: Speech from Simon Johnson, Director of Seller Services UK, Amazon

10:15am: Meet the entrepreneurs

  • Hosted by Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation
  • Panel: Julianne Ponan of Creative Nature, Amer Khan of Love2Sleep and Ray Qudos of RDX

10:45am: Coffee break and opportunity to explore the exhibition area

11:15am Meet Alexa, Amazon’s new voice service that’s open for small businesses

Kevin Sontgerath, Amazon and Romain Lefebvre, Laundrapp

12.00pm Panel discussion and Q&A: Can the North West become Britain’s export capital?

  • Hosted by Emma Sheppard, Guardian Small Business Network
  • Panel: Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation; Damian Waters, CBI North West; Grace Blakeley, IPPR North; Michael Taylor, Manchester Metropolitan University, Donna Edwards, Manchester Growth Company

12:30pm Lunch and networking


Afternoon workshops

When you register for a ticket please select two workshops from the list below.

1:30pm - 2.30pm

  • Go global with Amazon Marketplace: Learn how to reach new customers by exporting across the globe, and hear from successful entrepreneurs who have grown their business using the Amazon Marketplace.

  • Reach new customers with Amazon Launchpad: Find out how start-ups like yours can launch new products on Amazon and get them discovered using world-class ecommerce expertise, global infrastructure, and powerful marketing tools to help you tell your story and deliver your products to millions of potential customers.

  • Scaling your digital infrastructure to successfully grow your business with Amazon Web Services: Lean about how to use reliable, secure, scalable and cost-efficient cloud computing whilst only paying for what you use.

2:45pm - 3:45pm

  • Go global with Amazon Marketplace (ADVANCED): Learn how to take your Amazon Marketplace shop to the next level with advice from successful entrepreneurs.

  • Reach new customers with Amazon Launchpad: Find out how start-ups like yours can launch new products on Amazon and get them discovered using world-class ecommerce expertise, global infrastructure, and powerful marketing tools to help you tell your story and deliver your products to millions of potential customers.

  • Scaling your digital infrastructure to successfully grow your business with Amazon Web Services: Lean about how to use reliable, secure, scalable and cost-efficient cloud computing whilst only paying for what you use.

3:45pm - 4:30pm: Join us for drinks and networking plus you'll have the opportunity to experience Amazon products first hand in the exhibition and display area.

Disclaimer: Please note by registering for this event, you opt in to your email address being shared with Amazon.

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