25 Feb 2019

Digital programme in Leicestershire hits the 1,000 mark

More than 1,000 Leicestershire businesses have signed up to an expert-led programme that helps businesses get ahead in the digital world.

The Digital Growth Programme – delivered by East Midlands Chamber* – has just hit the figure, marking a milestone for the successful project.

More businesses are now being encouraged to join the programme, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivers a series of workshops and seminars.

Nick Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, said: “This significant milestone demonstrates the demand for business growth in Leicestershire and highlights how eager our local businesses are to be fit-for-the-future.

“That’s why Superfast Leicestershire’s work with the Chamber is so important. Providing vital broadband connections is essential to giving businesses the opportunity to access the latest technology. 

“It is great for the council’s team to be part of such a successful programme and I’d encourage any budding business leaders to come along to the conference in April and learn from some of the best in the industry.”

The project delivers fully-funded expert advice to businesses across Leicester and Leicestershire, helping them keep ahead of the latest digital trends – from social media and virtual reality to cyber security and selling online.

In addition, the full-day Leicestershire Digital Conference 19 is being held in April, and is designed to help local small and medium-sized enterprises.

Booking is now open and businesses can sign up for the event, as below:

Diane Beresford, Deputy Chief Executive of the Chamber, added: “We’re delighted to see the success of the programme in Leicester and Leicestershire, helping hundreds of businesses to make their mark in the digital world and ultimately contribute to the growth of the local economy.

“We would love to hear from more businesses who have not yet taken advantage of the project – there really is a wealth of free advice and support that will benefit all businesses, no matter what stage you’re at.”

For more information, and a full list of events, click here.

*East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

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