BARNSLEY took centre stage recently as a panel of inspirational female leaders from the technology industry shared their expertise with businesses.

Hosted by Innovation Network South Yorkshire, a partnership between the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, the event attracted over 60 attendees eager to explore the future of digital transformation.

Joining the panel of digital business leaders were representatives from Enterprising Barnsley, the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, and both Sheffield universities, with a focus on facilitating future collaborations to drive regional growth.

Discussions explored the impact of Artificial Intelligence, capitalising on digital innovation, the digital skills gap and how to bridge it, and harnessing the varied regional support available to businesses.

The panel also shared powerful insights on the challenges women navigate in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Tracey Johnson, tech ecosystem lead at Enterprising Barnsley, said: “The Innovation Network’s events are the perfect way to bring South Yorkshire’s entrepreneurs and business innovators together with the expertise and knowledge of our amazing universities.

“The event demonstrated the wealth of knowledge, expertise and personality in our region and the keen desire to share this widely for the collective good. We enjoyed the insights of a panel of phenomenal entrepreneurs with a timely reminder that a diverse economy is a good economy.”