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Press release: issued 29/05/14

Making a Difference with Data attracts sponsorship from Capita for Birmingham launch event on 26 June

Making a Difference with Data, the programme designed to promote the role of data in place-based social and economic development, has secured sponsorship from Capita for its launch event in Birmingham on 26 June.

The Making a Difference with Data programme is being developed and run by Birmingham-based Boilerhouse Media in collaboration with England’s core cities. The, launch event is also supported by Digital Birmingham.

The aim of the programme is to raise awareness among local leaders of the benefits of using data to improve public services, create economic and social well-being and engage citizens. The programme comprises a series of UK-wide events and an online platform for sharing ideas and projects for data release and use.

Birmingham’s launch event has attracted an impressive speaker line-up of experts in data release and reuse, as well as local leaders of key public services including health, social care, housing, and economic development. Speakers include:

•    Emer Coleman, data entrepreneur and former deputy director of the Government Digital Service
•    Sam German, Programme Director, Healthy Villages, Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
•    Jas Bains MBE, Chief Executive of Ashram Housing Association
•    Neil Crockett, CEO, Connected Digital Economy Catapult
•    Shane O’Neill, chairman, roadworks.org
•    David Frost CBE - First Chairman, LEP Network

The event will also feature presentations from core cities Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester.

Demand for places at the event is high, with an initial release of tickets being snapped up by Birmingham’s senior decision-makers across public health, social care, housing, transport, economic development and policing.

Andy Parker, Capita plc chief executive, said:  'This decade has been phenomenally tough for the public sector, but the pressure to find further cost savings is likely to remain for the foreseeable future. Balancing budgets while maintaining service delivery may feel like an impossible task, but having better, data-driven insight into customers will play a greater role in shaping further service transformation. It allows the public sector to more effectively target its services, enhance the customer experience and nip trouble spots in the bud before they escalate. It also allows public sector organisations to link people to specialist groups that already exist within the local community that can provide another layer of support.'

Commenting on Capita’s decision to sponsor the launch of Making a Difference with Data, Bolierhouse director Vicky Sargent said: ‘We are very pleased that Capita has come in as supporters of Making a Difference with Data, endorsing our vision of the importance of data for place, and the need for local decision-makers to come together to use the increasing volumes of data available to them to create strong and sustainable communities.

Further information can be found at www.madwdata.org.uk and @MADwDATA

Media enquiries: Vicky Sargent: 07726 601139

Notes for editors

Making a Difference with Data future programme: a series of one day events is being planned with England’s core cities between September and March 2015. Dates and details to be announced in due course on the programme website www.madwdata.org.uk

Boilerhouse Media is a Birmingham-based SME that has led innovative digital and data projects for local and central government, the NHS, third and private sector organisations. Boilerhouse is also active in digital communications, including video, publishing, branding and graphic design. Boilerhouse is on is on the Government's G-Cloud framework.

Capita plc is the UK’s leading provider of BPO and integrated professional support service solutions. With 64,000 people at over 400 sites, including 73 business centres across the UK, Europe, India and South Africa, the Group uses its expertise, infrastructure and scale benefits to transform its clients’ services, driving down costs and adding value. Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (CPI.L), and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 with 2013 revenue of £3.9 billion. Further information on Capita plc can be found at: www.capita.co.uk 

Press release: issued 16/05/14

Birmingham’s top decision-makers will launch the Making a Difference with Data programme on 26 June

Making a Difference with Data is a new programme about the role of data in creating social and economic wellbeing.

The programme is being developed and run by Birmingham-based Boilerhouse Media in collaboration with England’s core cities and is being supported by Digital Birmingham.

Cllr James McKay, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, who will be opening the event and talking about the central role of data in Birmingham’s plans to become a ‘smart city’ has welcomed the programme:

'Communicating the benefits of using data and open data for better decision-making is important. There needs to be much greater awareness among leaders locally and nationally about the volume and value of data they can access to inform everything they are doing to improve cities, regions and neighbourhoods. This programme will help make that happen.'

The launch is an invitation-only event bringing the city’s leaders in health, social care, housing, economic development and policing, together with representatives from transport, education and the third sector.

Speakers who will be presenting their ideas about how data can contribute to improved pubic services, more sustainable economic development and greater citizen involvement in their city and neighbourhoods include:

• Emer Coleman, data entrepreneur and former deputy director of the Government Digital Service
• Jas Bains MBE, Chief Executive of Ashram Housing Association
• Shane O’Neill, chairman, roadworks.org
• David Frost CBE - First Chairman, LEP Network

Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust will be fielding one of their top team to speak, and there will also be presentations on the data programmes at Manchester, Sheffield, and Leeds.

This event is mainly for public sector but we may release a small number of places for others.

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