Legal experts show support for digital sector | 23 March 09

LEADING law firm Ward Hadaway has signalled its continued support of the North East’s digital technology sector by signing up to sponsor one of the region’s top business events.

Ward Hadaway has agreed to sponsor the ’Think and a Drink’ networking event series – which is run by digital trade association Codeworks Connect – for the fourth consecutive year as part of its ongoing commitment to supporting growing technology companies in the region and beyond.

Alex Shiel, partner and head of the intellectual property and IT team at Ward Hadaway, said: “The North-East’s digital technology sector is a highly active and hugely important part of the region’s economy and one in which Ward Hadaway is heavily involved.

“Codeworks has been a major catalyst in the ongoing progress and development of the sector and an organisation which we have been eager to support and champion since its foundation.

“Codeworks’ Think and a Drink provides an excellent forum for companies and people in the sector to exchange information, to meet new contacts and forge new working relationships so Ward Hadaway is delighted to continue sponsoring the event.”

Think and a Drink is a monthly networking event for digital business owners, managers and staff in the North East, which features presentations from speakers talking on a range of topics relevant to the digital sector, followed by a networking session which is designed to promote collaboration and closer working relationships amongst digital businesses in the region.

Recent events have seen the BBC telling companies how they could begin working with the corporation, and finance experts showing companies how to put together a successful investment pitch.

The next event on 26th March at The Northern Stage, Newcastle, will look at web design and user interface, with a talk from James Box, User Experience Designer at Clearleft, one of the UK’s leading web usability firms.

Carri Cunliffe, head of sector development at Codeworks, added: "We’re delighted that Ward Hadaway has agreed to extend its support for the region’s digital sector. Over the past few years it has been an active and dedicated supporter, providing invaluable advice and support to many of our members.

"Its commitment to digital companies in our region is hugely welcome."

As part of the deal, Ward Hadaway will run a workshop on legal issues facing digital companies, and will speak at a forthcoming Think and a Drink event.

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