Free advice to encourage digital growth in Rushcliffe
1 March 2017
News from East Midlands Chamber: An exciting digital support programme has been launched in Rushcliffe.
It will offer bespoke and structured digital business support and advice to a variety of small and medium-sized enterprises across the borough.
Rushcliffe Borough Councillor Simon Robinson recently welcomed 69 businesses to a free launch event at Holme Pierrepoint where the criteria for being part of the D2N2 Digital Growth Programme were explained.
He said: “We were delighted to welcome so many local businesses to the Digital Growth Programme launch at Holme Pierrepoint. It is vital that the many SMEs in the borough have access to new and emerging ICT products and services in order to continue to grow.
“Supporting local businesses and helping them grow and prosper is a priority for Rushcliffe Borough Council and so we are committed to delivering this important project alongside all of the partners.”
Rushcliffe Borough Council is one of the partners funding the D2N2 Digital Growth Programme. Others include Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, The Creative Quarter Company, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, the European Regional Development Fund and East Midlands Chamber*.
The Chamber is delivering the programme through its eBusiness Club. A similar programme is being run in the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership area.
Diane Simpson, the Chamber’s Commercial Director and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Knowing the true value of digital technology and understanding what is right for your business can be a daunting challenge, making it all too easy to miss out on opportunities for improvement.
“The two programmes we’re delivering seek to encourage enterprises with growth aspirations to explore and introduce new and emerging ICT products to improve their competitiveness and productivity.”
Over the next two years the programmes will deliver 580 action-planning workshops, annual digital conferences, dedicated digital business advice, workforce development skills advice and a technology grant scheme worth £3.8m – to be 60% matched by participating SMEs.
The programmes, which are open to businesses, charities and other organisations, will engage with at least 3,662 enterprises through dedicated marketing and activities, resulting in 1,534 enterprises receiving intensive support, the creation of 170 new businesses and 1,278 SMEs introducing new digital processes.
Programme launch events have already started to roll out across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with more dates planned for March and one in April.
Businesses attending the free launches will learn about the participation criteria and hear from specially appointed advisers before being given an opportunity to register for the programme and the available technology grants.
The launch events provide delegates with opportunities to:
- discover how businesses can benefit from this new and exciting opportunity
- officially register with the programme (demand is already proving to be high)
- secure a place on future strategic action-planning workshops
- register an interest in applying for technology grant funding
- meet with a dedicated Digital Business Adviser to discuss business needs or technology investment in more detail.
Booking is essential – visit http://bit.ly/2mm2axK for details of the events and how to book.