It's been a while since we've held one of our popular Digital Garden Parties, but we're back! Our next event is on 11th February and you can Sign Up here.

We'd love to make this event the biggest and best yet. We keep hearing on the grapevine that attendees are making some extremely valuable connections and generally enjoying themselves and chatting to interesting people. As the event is exclusively for people interested in digital, online and/or agency life, it seems that it's easy to chat and mingle so there's none of that sometimes awkward 'networking event' chatter. 

Our goal is to grow this event to into a hub for the digital community in the North West but we need everyone to help make that happen - so if you can hear about us and you're in Manchester and Liverpool, please Sign Up, you're very welcome and if you do sign up, why not let everyone know you're coming on Twitter, using #DigiGardenParty

If you've not heard about our Digital Garden Party and you're wondering whether or not to sign up, or if you simply want to know what's in store for our party on 11th February, we've caught up with event organiser, Kate Welch, to tell us more. 

Over to Kate...

As usual, the event will be held at the wonderful Oddfellows in the centre of Chester  - which was recently featured on The Real Housewifes of Cheshire TV show, although I'm not sure that's a selling point! We've managed to bagsy their private upstairs room again, which I'm thrilled about because it's great to keep the event contained. It means we don't accidentally start chatting to a couple at the bar, who have absolutely no interest in digital. The room also has a private balcony and an open fire, so we have all weather conditions covered.

The event starts at 6.30pm and goes on until 8.30pm. Although for many of you, I think it actually goes on until the bar closes, sometime around midnight! 

We have a fantastic digital debate lined up for you this time (we're genuinely very excited about this). In the red corner, all the way from Macclesfield, England we have Jeff Coghlan, Founder and CTO of Matmi. In the blue corner, from Manchester, England we have Oliver Chesher, Founder and Managing Director of Galibier PR. These two digital heavyweights will battle out the topic of whether an agency should focus on the one thing it’s best at and stay true to that or should it be agile, adaptable and ready to be ahead of the next trend in order to succeed? Fitting in nicely with the boxing themed intro, they've called their debate "stick to the knitting". In favour of the focus is Oliver and fighting for flexibility is Jeff. This is one debate not to be missed! 

As well as the debate, there will of course be some lovely nibbles and drinks, courtesy of our fantastic sponsors Shortlist Recruitment and Melbourne Hosting. We really do appreciate their support, so a huge thanks from all of us.  If you don't know, Shortlist are specialist recruitment consultants; their core values being around speed, precision and outstanding candidates. And Manchester-based, Melbourne Hosting provide mission-critical managed hosting with a special focus on ethics, service and value. They have a great deal of experience working with digital agencies.  

All that's left to say, and perhaps most importantly, is that this event is for everyone. So please do share this with your teams and friends. Also, if you  have something you'd love to share at the event do let me know. We are very happy to share messages about hackathons, charity bike rides or even a cool new tool you've discovered that you think could help others. 

Thanks, I look forward to seeing you there.