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29 Aug 2017

Funding and free digital workshops to help growth

Financial help is available to organisations across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Leicester and Leicestershire wanting to exploit digital technologies.

They can also take advantage of fully-funded digital workshops to help them choose the right technologies for their business. These workshops have been developed to allow businesses to understand what digital technology is available and how they should be implemented successfully.

The funding and workshops are available from the Digital Growth Programme, which has just completed a successful pilot project.

During the pilot, which launched in February, the Digital Growth Programme engaged with with many organisations to raise awareness and increase knowledge of new digital technology. We have held a variety of events across the programme, made up of launch events, awareness-raising seminars and full-day workshops. New dates have now been released and can be found here.

Delivered by expert practitioners, these full-day action-planning workshops cover a range of subjects including website planning and development, cyber resilience, social media, ecommerce, email marketing, paid digital advertising and, video production and marketing, which all specifically designed to boost digital growth.

During the pilot stage, many SMEs have benefited from the programme.

Emma Bradley, of Bradley Brown Internet, of Nottingham said: “Really informative workshop, lots to take away and apply to our own site. This is a brilliant service on offer and I’m extremely grateful to be able to attend these workshops.”

Kate Brudenell, of Hawthorn, of Melton Mowbray said: “The workshops exceeded my expectations - a huge amount of useful information delivered in a straight-forward, practical and professional way. I am leaving the day with lots of ideas for implementation. I am looking forward to attending the next workshop.”

Jon Egley, Digital Growth Manager said: “We are really excited about the next phase of the programme. We’ve received excellent feedback from organisations which are already saying how they are going to incorporate what they have gained from attending our workshops into their business straight away.”

Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the programme aims to help organisations to grow by utilising digital technology through interactive events, one-to-one support, digital advice and technology grants. In order to access this support, businesses must register with the Digital Growth Programme.

Ongoing support will be available through the programme to organisations in various locations across the region, including advice from dedicated Digital Business Advisers who will assess the needs and requirements of firms on a bespoke basis in order to identify digital workforce development needs.

The programme will also provide grant-funding opportunities of up to 40% - available between £2,000 and £16,000 - for businesses that require assistance with technology and/or digital projects. Full details of eligibility criteria, can also be found here for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and Leicester and Leicestershire. To book your place on our next workshop please click here.

Amazing workshop, provided tons of information about creating content - it's a must for any busy small business owner!

Rashpal Rai, Wellbeing Works, Derby

Best workshop I've been to, so relevant and current

Laura Bruce, Steel City Marketing, Sheffield

Really impressive workshop, with great in depth practical advice and examples. The explanation of hidden feature on social media was very useful and I will be going away from the session looking at building and executing a full social media strategy for my business. Thank you again for providing me access to workshop and the information if delivered.

Wossicon Brown, Sheffield

In addition to helping develop my digital presence, these workshops are helping me reshape and refocus my business

David Primrose, Synergy Food Ingredients, Melton Mowbray

I really appreciate the Digital Growth Programme and have benefitted from previous workshops and seminars. Now that my knowledge in this area is growing I am looking forward to attending more seminars so that I can build on my knowledge and skills

Dorinda Miller, Into Deeper Waters, Nottinghamshire

Before, Google Analytics was a bit of a minefield, but I now feel more confident to use it in the way that works best. Looking forward to future courses!

Emma Daley, SortRefer, Derby

The workshops exceeded my expectations! A huge amount of useful information delivered in a straight-forward, practical and professional way. I am leaving the day with lots of ideas for implementation and looking forward to attending the next workshop

Kate Brudenell, Hawthorn, Melton Mowbray

Really informative workshop, lots to take away and apply to our own site. This is a brilliant service on offer and I’m extremely grateful to be able to attend these workshops

Emma Bradley, Bradley Brown Internet, Nottingham

The GDPR seminar was fantastic and I have already to action certain points within marketing strategy.

Barry Aldridge, TidyCo Ltd, Derby

A massive thank you to Liam and the programme - an insightful and very engaging workshop. I particulary found the hashtag elements useful.

Efficiency North, Sheffield

The GDPR seminar was fantastic and I have already to action certain points within marketing strategy.

Barry Aldridge - Marketing Manager, Tidyco Ltd, Derby

Using my new blogging skills thanks to the fab blogging workshop I attended with Paul Ince.

Sally Davies, Jumpstart I.T Training Services Ltd, Arnold

Thank you Digital Growth programme, you made me believe in myself and gave me skills and knowledge to change our website. I strongly recommend these workshop to SMEs.

Svetlana Parmar, The Winchester Snooker Club, Leicestershire

The Digital Growth Programme is an excellent asset to the East Midlands – it has really helped my company push on in ways that otherwise may not have been possible

Carl Musson, S&J European, Leicestershire

The application is straight forward, access to the team for help is superb and the potential benefits to your company are huge

Carole Hunter, London Edge, Leicester

We used a digital grant to introduce new technology in our warehouse, allowing the guys allow to take on extra business. A lot of our customers are needing faster processing, and this will help us fulfil those orders. It allows us to be quicker and more accurate

James Munton, CS Ellis Ltd, Leicestershire