8 February 1999

 

 Millennium Meltdown Course out on CD-ROM

 

A training course which is the only free scheme of its kind in Europe is going on CD-ROM to get its Year 2000 message out into the business community.

 

The Humberside Year 2000 helpdesk at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside helps small businesses beat the millennium bug with workshops held in collaboration with the Humberside TEC and Humberside Business Link.

 

But now even more local businesses can beat the bug problem with the issue of 5,000 CD-ROMs to enable them to deal with it in-house.

 

They will complement the Year 2000 auditing workshop run free of charge by university lecturers Angus Marshall and Kevin Jacques.

 

“The course has been tailored to meet the needs of smaller businesses who don't have the time to attend a full training course,” explained Mr Marshall. “Although we can't guarantee it will solve all their problems, by following the process outlined in the CD course they will be able to assess how much exposure their business may have to the Year 2000 problem, at all levels, and take steps to avoid the worst.”

 

The government’s Action 2000 scheme is designed to prevent problems in the public services, leaving small businesses to fend for themselves.

 

“As far as raising awareness goes the government scheme is doing an excellent job, but they’re not offering any practical help for small to medium size enterprises,” said Mr Marshall.

 

The project is worth £500,000 and the local funding sources are the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, Humberside Business Link, ESF Adapt & Compris, TekniCAL Ltd., and  Chisholms Computers.

 

 

 

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This funding means local business people can take advantage of the service free of charge. Outside of the Humberside area businesses are paying between £150 and £600 to find out what measures need to be taken.

 

The CD-ROM is free to businesses who attend short courses held by the Humberside Year 2000 project and free to any business in the Humberside region which employs fewer than 250 people.

 

For more details contact the helpdesk on 01482 462000.

 

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