Digital Upscaler

Are you ready to scale up?
If you’re a high growth business looking to invest in technologies, the Digital Upscaler project could help you.

The Digital Upscaler is a £1.9m project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). It aims to support ambitious high growth businesses across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire by providing them with the knowledge, investment and capacity to scale up through embracing new technologies.

The programme consists of:

  • Intensive one-to-one digital adviser support
  • Funded diagnostic consultancy and support to implement new technology
  • Digital strategy programme and Technology Forums
  • Capital technology grants of between £10,000 - £50,000
What does a scale-up business look like?

If your business can answer YES to one or more of the following characteristics you could be ready to scale up.

  • Have a digital advantage
    Are you using digital technologies or are open to exploring how they can benefit your business?
  • Have a strong vision
    Are your people involved in and can they understand how they contribute towards the success and future of the business? Can they see personal development potential?
  • Have a solid team
    Does your management team share a desire for growth? Do they embrace challenges and empower teams to provide solutions and innovation? Are they aware of their team's capabilities and seek external support where needed?
  • Have a documented approach to process
    Can your business demonstrate consistent delivery of product and project? 
  • Have investment for growth
    Does your business have the reserves and appetite to invest in growth? Do you invest in both technology and people?
 Is my business eligible?

The project is available to SMEs across Leicester and Leicestershire that have experienced barriers to growth through lack of finance, staff resources or expertise in new technologies, or if you are a business already embracing digital technologies and wanting to take the next step. Find out if you are eligible here
There is no cost to access support through this project, however, we do ask you can commit dedicated time and staff resources to fully benefit from this funded programme.

 How do I sign-up?

To find out if your business can take advantage of the Digital Upscaler Project please complete this questionnaire and email it back to Alternatively, you can contact the Digital Upscaler team to arrange a discovery call on 0330 053 8639

Digital Upscaler project targets

The programme runs from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023 and is contracted to deliver the following results:

  • 600 completed SMEs registrations and business diagnostics
  • 432 enterprises receiving at least 12 hours of intensive support or a grant
  • 80 enterprises introducing new products or services
  • 23 enterprises increasing their broadband speed to at least 30 Mbps