The Digital Growth Programme

Supporting businesses to embrace the digital world

Going digital has different meanings for different businesses, but no matter what, you can't stand still. Last year 35% of SME’s within the East Midlands had no basic digital skills, with up to 54% not having a website.*

Organisations across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire can now 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) managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is a programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and offers an array of awareness-raising seminars, strategic action-planning workshops and conferences available for SMEs registered on the programme and is designed to help enterprises to embrace new technology, learn about new software and gain digital skills.

How can the programme support your business?

  • Raising awareness and highlighting key factors that affect SMEs

    Digital Technology plays an important role in a 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 workshop will be delivered in partnership with expert consultant who have been specialists within their field for a number of years. 

    Our experts will deliver a number of digitally themed workshops that will allow you to move your business forward. Our workshop are full day sessions and will allow you 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 programme, our Digital Business Advisers can also provide one to one business advice to a business. Our advisers are able to work with you on your business strategy and how to work on meeting your objectives and business development needs. Our advisers are able to support you through the Technology Grant application process. 

  • 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 tips and tricks in business.

    In addition to the conference we bring together some of the region’s leading technology solution providers. From web develops to business intelligence solution providers, graphic designers, telecoms providers, digital marketing agencies and mobile solution providers, giving you an opportunity to network and providing a unique opportunity to keep up to date with all the latest business technology systems and solutions.

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

For more information about our programme please visit the link below dependant on your business location:

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Leicester and Leicestershire


Source: * UK Business Digital Index 2016 figures quoted are based on the regional data for East Midlands

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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