About

Digital Growth Programme

Supporting businesses to embrace the digital world

Organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire can benefit from a range of fully-funded workshops, the opportunity to receive financial help and free one to one business advice to help introduce new digital technology with the support from the Digital Growth Programme.

The Digital Growth Programme (formerly known as eBusiness Club) is managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). It is a digital support project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Chamber and Leicestershire County Council offering access to grant funding, attend an array of awareness-raising seminars and strategic action-planning workshops designed to help SMEs embrace new technology. 

partners ERDF, EMC, LCC

From 2016 to the end of June 2019, £5.2m will have been invested in Leicester and Leicestershire project. During this period 1,044 local businesses accessed more than 23,000 hours of free digital support, with 112 businesses awarded £1.2m of grant funding helping them to introduce new technology. You can see some of the programmes successes on our case study pages.

The digital support in Leicester and Leicestershire is set to continue. A further £5m has been invested into the programme extending it to the end of March 2022. The programme is open to eligible enterprises who are registered to the programme, with an expectation they will receive a minimum of 12 hours of support. To check if you qualify, speak to one of our Events and Engagement Officers

How can the programme support your business?

  • Raising awareness and highlighting key factors that affect SMEs

    Digital technology plays an important role in business for many different reasons so it is important that you keep up to pace with the latest changes and trends. 

    To help businesses recognise and understand the importance of digital technology. The programme holds a number of awareness-raising seminars to highlight a range of the key themes and topics and their influences on a business today. Our expert speakers will provide you with what to look out for and provide an insight into how this can impact your business.  Previous seminar topics have included, ‘What’s New in Social’, ‘What’s New in Search’ and ‘Cyber Resilience for SMEs’.

  • Providing you with the know-how and skills
    Our dynamic workshops will be delivered in partnership with expert consultants who are specialists within their field. 

    Our experts will deliver a number of digitally themed workshops that will allow you to move your business forward. Our workshops are full-day sessions and will allow you to explore a number of strategies to help you develop an action plan for your specific business. You will discuss and create a number of objectives and plan out how you will implement these within your business. View all our workshops here 

  • Grant funding and business support to help your business become digital
    Government research has found that 67% of businesses have not invested in new technology for their business*. In many cases, SMEs are not able to find the capital investment to fund the projects such as digital growth or they have been unable to successfully implement the changes themselves. To support SMEs to embrace new technology, businesses registered to the programme and eligible to apply for a Technology Grant.

    As part of the grant process, our Digital Business Advisers will provide one to one business advice to a business. They will work with you on your business strategy and how to work on meeting your objectives and business development needs. 

  • Advice from industry experts and networking opportunities
    To support our work the programme organises an annual conference that provides an unrivalled forum to hear from renowned speakers as they deliver highly informative presentations on the latest digital marketing trends and techniques as well as providing helpful tips and tricks you can implement within your business.

If your business is ready to take the next step in becoming digital, the Digital Growth Programme is here to support you. Sign-up now

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