Cartologie Network Launched in Manchester

February 27th, 2013



The Cartologie Network, a new initiative by Manchester Digital, launched yesterday is aiming to make Manchester the UK capital of online trading by adding an extra 100,000 jobs in the region.

Aimed at both existing brands and new e-tailers, Cartologie will support the ecommerce sector and drive its growth in the North West.

Online purchases will account for more than 20% of the country’s retailing by 2016. This means the North West workforce supporting these retailers is set to double.

The network will promote the region, lobby government and provide real world and online resources for eBusiness.

In addition the Cartologie Network will provide a monthly networking event and various seminars.

The launch event took place yesterday, was sponsored and hosted by Deloitte’s at thier offices in Spinningfields, Manchester. It included informative presentations from key industry professionals including Jonathon Wall, eCommerce Director at Shop Direct, Rob Smith from Blueleaf and James Beard, Head of Sales and Business Development at Sage Pay.

Richard Hudson, Chair of the Cartologie Network says; “eCommerce can be a driving force behind the regional economy, but the sector needs nurturing.

“Currently, there is very little support for those running an eBusiness. With turnover from online retail in the UK set to reach £140billion by 2016, it’s essential that online retailers are prepared and have the right tools and information in order to keep up.

We aim to be a friendly and relaxed network, where retailers and suppliers can exchange knowledge and share best practice. The north west is already home to two of the UK’s fastest growing etailers, Boohoo and Shop Direct, we aim to provide a reliable support network for all rapidly growing eBusinesses in our region, making it a centre of excellence.”

The network will also disseminate news and updates on the latest innovations in ecommerce technology, along with insights into accomplished, leading brands from the UK.

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