Leicestershire - Digital Growth Programme

Want to move your business to the Digital Age? Discover how the Digital Growth Programme can help you

The Digital Growth Programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) providing dedicated support to enterprises located in Leicester and Leicestershire. It aims to support growing businesses to explore and introduce new and emerging ICT products and services into their business to improve competitiveness and productivity.

From 2016 to the end of June 2019, £5.2m will have been invested in Leicester and Leicestershire project. 1,044 Leicester and Leicestershire businesses accessed more than 23,000 hours of free digital support and 112 businesses were awarded £1.2m of grant funding helping them to introduce new technology. 

The programme is set to continue, with a further £5m being invested into the programme extending the support it provides to SMEs to the end of March 2022. The programme is open to eligible enterprises who are registered to the programme, with an expectation that they will receive a minimum of 12 hours of support. To access the support SMEs are required to follow the online registration. Registration is quick and easy and you only need to go through this process once. Check if you qualify here. Eligible businesses can access:

  • Awareness-raising seminars
  • Strategic action-planning workshops
  • Conferences
  • Business advice
  • Grant funding (subject to conditions)

Take a look at our showreel or visit our case study pages to learn about the successes of the programme.


The programme delivers full-day action-planning workshops covering a range of topics from social media and website planning to cyber resilience and cloud computing. 

Delivered by industry experts, workshops are structured to provide businesses with the latest digital knowledge and techniques. Each session allows you to consider strategic objectives and draw up a plan of action to develop and grow your business.

Workshop themes include:

  • Website planning and Ecommerce
  • SEO, Optimisation and Measurement
  • Email Marketing, CRM and Automation
  • Social Media
  • Paid Digital Advertising
  • Visual Marketing
  • Cloud computing 
 Access to Finance

Technology Grants from £2,000 to £25,000 are available, subject to conditions. The aim of the grant is to support businesses to utilise their existing technology solutions to full potential or assist in the introduction of new systems and software. All grants must be 65% match-funded by the business and details of the application process can be found on the technology grants page.

Digital Business Advisers

To further support your business, the dedicated Digital Business Advisers provide support and advice in your development and growth. They will work closely with you to gain a better understanding of your business and the breadth of technology that exists in your current structure and help develop a plan to move forward. They can also support and assist you with the grant funding process.

Leicester and Leicestershire Digital Growth Programme targets

The programme runs until March 2022 and is contracted to deliver the following results:

  • 1188 enterprises receiving at least 12 hours of support including 82 new businesses supported
  • 12 enterprises taking up broadband with speeds of at least 30 Mbps
  • 181 enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products or processes

 Register today to take advantage of the Digital Growth Programme!

To take advantage of the Technology Grant scheme

Find out about eligibility and apply today

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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

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

Attending this workshop has changed my view on email marketing. I found the content about design, strategy, CTA and landing pages very useful. After this session I will be looking at employing a dedicated person to look after email campaign for my business.

Mukesh Parmar, The Winchester, Leicestershire

A really clear and well explained workshop which demystified Social Media and made progressing things feel more manageable.  Paul was professional but kept it informal which was perfect level for newbies to Social Media, and I felt I was able to ask questions.

Claire Hynam, Sleepyheads, Leicestershire

This was an amazing workshop. So practical and a full day's information, packed with relevance. The quality of the presenter was exceptional with up to date practical knowledge, covering an amazing level of content and detail.

Sue Jerham, National Forest E Bike Holidays

Really interesting and practical workshop. I found the content about GDPR and the implications very useful as well as design email campaigns myself. From the session I will be taking away lots of practical actions to allow me to look at how effective my current email campaign are

Matthew and Pritcherd, Leicestershire

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

Introduction to Paid Social Advertising: I have been doing Social Media campaigns for 4 to 5 years and today's workshop has really helped me to hopefully have more success through Social Media marketing

Joel LaRosa, Joel LaRosa Design