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Speakers at the Digital Region event, (l-r) Jeremy Sheehan, Head of Sales and Marketing at Digital Region , Mel Kanarek, Project and Incubation Director at Barnsley Digital Media Centre, Chris Muscroft, Chairman of the Digital Industries Forum and  Andrew Denniff, Executive Director of Barnsley Rotherham Chamber
Speakers at the Digital Region event, (l-r) Jeremy Sheehan, Head of Sales and Marketing at Digital Region , Mel Kanarek, Project and Incubation Director at Barnsley Digital Media Centre, Chris Muscroft, Chairman of the Digital Industries Forum and Andrew Denniff, Executive Director of Barnsley Rotherham Chamber
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More than 50 creative, digital, media and technology businesses from across South Yorkshire attended an event at Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre.

It was aimed at explaining how they could take advantage of the county’s new Digital Region super-fast broadband network.

Chris Muscroft, chairman of the Digital Industries Forum, said: “Digital Region will play a huge role in helping to develop technology and innovation in the region.

“It’s important that we support the project to create the environment and infrastructure for future technology development.”

The Digital Media Centre itself recently connected to the Digital Region network and companies in the building are in the process of moving over to the new service.

South Yorkshire’s Digital Region network is the first major regional superfast broadband network in the UK and is owned by soon to be disbanded regional development agency Yorkshire Forward and Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils.

The project is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted a £27m million investment from the European Regional Development Fund.