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The Creative, Digital & Innovation Business Consultancy

Delivering growth for businesses through the use of innovative technologies, coaching, leadership & development courses, social media workshops and sales & marketing master-classes. Providing a foundation for economic growth through project management & consultancy for local authorities wishing to engage with the creative, digital and new media industries.

Our mantra – Connecting Solutions For Growth – reflects our strength in introducing new supply chain partners and stakeholders to enable growth. This approach was typified by our visit with content creators to Media City, Salford to meet BBC Programme Commissioners – arranged for the Creative Sheffield CDI New Opportunities Programme

Currently we are working with our team of associates on the digital technologies elements of a three-year business support programme for Halton District Council (Widnes). There are more details of the Halton Programme which is parts of the Liverpool City Region Integrated Business Support (LCRIBS) initiative on this link.

In July 2016 we won a three-year contract to partner East Midlands based EMB Group Ltd to deliver business support to digital businesses and digital technology users in Greater Lincolnshire. This project started in spring 2017 – click here for details.

Directors Richard Lukey (left) and Stuart McFarlane (right) with Jason Bradbury presenter of the Channel 5 technology programme The Gadget Show at the highly acclaimed #GoDigital15 Conference organised by CDI Alliance at The Showroom in Lincoln for Lincolnshire County Council’s “onlincolnshire” programme. This was the second digital conference we had put on for LCC as part of five different business support programmes we have successfully delivered in Lincolnshire and Rutland prior to the current one.

What We Do

Business Growth

Helping business leaders develop a detailed picture of their company at a point in the future, plan how they will get there and get the team committed to achieving the objectives.

People Development

Working with business owners and managers to develop their leadership and management skills, through 1:1 coaching, peer to peer sessions and group training workshops.

Project Management

We project manage and deliver publicly funded business support programmes on behalf of other organisations e.g Local Authorities & Chambers of Commerce.

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New Lincoln Technology Park Growing Rapidly

May 12th, 2017|Comments Off on New Lincoln Technology Park Growing Rapidly

Nine weeks after opening its doors, a £6.8 million tech complex in Lincoln is already more than a third let. The Boole Technology Centre, located on the Lincoln Science and Innovation Park on Beevor Street,

Funding for emerging and enabling technologies round 2

March 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Funding for emerging and enabling technologies round 2

Innovate UK's emerging and enabling technologies programme identifies and invests in new technologies and the underpinning capabilities that improve existing industries. Our aim is to inspire the products, processes and services of tomorrow: those with the potential

5G and £200m more for “Full Fibre” Broadband

March 13th, 2017|Comments Off on 5G and £200m more for “Full Fibre” Broadband

In the budget the Chancellor announced several improvements for broadband connectivity in the United Kingdom, including boosts for 5G Mobile and another £200m for “full-fibre” (FTTH/P) networks. Several significant broadband infrastructure related developments have happened since

Sci-Tech Daresbury – where Theresa May ventures CDI Alliance follows!

January 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Sci-Tech Daresbury – where Theresa May ventures CDI Alliance follows!

Following in the footsteps of Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet a couple of days earlier (read more), CDI Alliance associates Guy Lewis and Richard Lukey attended the monthly Business Breakfast Network at Sci-Tech

Business Lincolnshire at Boston College

January 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Business Lincolnshire at Boston College

CDI Alliance Directors Stuart McFarlane and Richard Lukey represented the Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub at Boston College's "The Age of Information and Technology" event yesterday - 25th January 2017. The breakfast event which was attended

Snapchat opens London base in the latest boost to London

January 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Snapchat opens London base in the latest boost to London

Following a year of rapid growth for Britain's tech industry, 2017 has already offered good news with Snapchat opening its international base in London. The move is expected to bring hundreds of millions of non-US ad revenues into the UK.

Funding competition: analysis for innovators

January 10th, 2017|Comments Off on Funding competition: analysis for innovators

Businesses can apply for a share of £6.5 million to work with world-leading organisations on solutions for analysis/measurement problems. Innovate UK, Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), National Physical Laboratory (NPL), LGC (formerly the Laboratory

Gameslab Leeds

January 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Gameslab Leeds

Creative England is proud to announce Gameslab Leeds, the latest regional instalment of its successful Gameslab programmes. Gameslab Leeds is a three year programme which supports studios and digital companies in the Leeds City Region.

Value of North West R&D tax relief claims hits £130m

January 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Value of North West R&D tax relief claims hits £130m

Research and development (R&D) tax relief claims have risen in the North West as more and more companies look to unlock funding to support their growth plans. According to accountancy firm RSM, the number of

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What Our Clients Say

“We were very impressed with the way that the CDI Alliance delivered the New Opportunities Programme for companies in the Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) in Sheffield. They demonstrated an excellent understanding of the sector and were able to draw upon a wide range of expertise to deliver tailored support which was much appreciated by the businesses. I would have no hesitation on recommending the CDI Alliance to undertake similar work.”

James Wilson, Sheffield City Council

“I’ve found CDI Alliance’s input into my business venture to be refreshing and enormously validating. They provided much constructive critiquing, direct scrutiny and approached my business idea with a genuine helpful mind-set. Their one-to-one and group orientated bespoke development session was tailored to my needs and addressed many factors, I didn’t for see. I whole heartedly recommend their integrated approach of experience, knowledge and no-nonsense consulting for all creative, digital and new media business initiatives, both large and small.”

Ananth Vijaykumar (VJ), Silk Road Consulting

“CDI Alliance have worked with us on a number of projects over the last few years. Over that time I have found them to be very professional, very organised, approachable, and crucially the ability to deliver targets on time and to the agreed quality. They offered creative solutions to problems and issues that we shared with them and were never afraid of responding to constructive criticism.

All members of their team were very amiable individuals and they interacted extremely well with members of the internal team, and a range of other project leaders within the County Council, and also the beneficiaries (SMEs) of the programme. It is true to say that they more than delivered on the agreed outputs at the start of the projects.”

Bryn Davies, Lincolnshire County Council