Digital technology is transforming the way in which small and medium sized businesses operate, helping them to gain a competitive edge and achieve long term success.
Digital Enterprise is committed to helping businesses achieve digital transformation by offering funding for their digital projects or to improve their digital/broadband connectivity.
They can also help businesses develop their digital knowledge and skills by accessing free support and training.
If you are thinking of purchasing new hardware or software, developing your website, introducing new digital platforms such as apps, installing internet telephony, need to be able to work remotely, or want to switch to faster more reliable broadband then Digital Enterprise can help you.
The Digital Enterprise business support programme is aimed at small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) that are based in the Leeds City Region. The programme offers three strands of support for eligible businesses and businesses can access more than one strand of assistance:
Digital Growth Voucher
Worth between £2,000 and £12,500 for eligible businesses. The voucher can be used to help cover the cost of investing in digital technology solutions - such as purchasing new hardware and software, developing websites and apps, introducing new internet telephony, etc - to enhance business performance and achieve growth. Digital Enterprise will contribute a specified percentage contribution (typically 50%) towards the total cost of a project. The rest must be contributed by the beneficiary (business). Businesses should be operating predominantly in a business to business (B2B) environment, have at least two employees (and no more than 250 employees) and have been trading for at least 12 months.
For more information visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/vouchers
Worth between £500 and £3,000 for eligible businesses. This voucher is aimed at businesses that are looking to upgrade their digital connection/broadband and acquiring related technology – such as firewalls, routers, cabling and wi-fi hubs. It can also be used to introduce VoIP telephony systems. Businesses operating in either a business to business (B2B) or business to consumer (B2C) environment are eligible. Businesses will only be required to provide match funding for the balance of their investment if the project cost is above the value of the voucher. Firms should have between 1- 250 employees (full time equivalents). Firms of any age (including start-ups) can apply.
For more information visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/connectivity
The Digital Knowledge Exchange
A programme of workshops, masterclasses, webinars, mentoring support and digital auditing which are focused on digital technology solutions, such as digital and social media marketing, Search Engine Optimisation, cyber security/digital resilience, etc. Events and workshops are delivered at venues across the Leeds City Region. The Digital Knowledge Exchange offers 12 hours of free support. Businesses operating in either a business to business (B2B) or business to consumer (B2C) environment are eligible. Firms should have between 1- 250 employees. Businesses of any age (including start-ups) can apply. For more information visit www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/digital-knowledge-exchange-service
Am I eligible?
Your business must be within the local authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.
Your business must trade in an eligible sector (this generally excludes primary agriculture, banking and financial services, activities related to education or social care, and those sectors trading directly with consumers e.g. retail and hospitality).
A small or medium sized enterprise (SME), defined as:
- Having fewer than 250 employees AND
- A turnover of under c£40 million OR a balance sheet of under c£35 million
- Not being part of a larger group of companies that takes it over this threshold
How to apply
Check your eligibility and apply on the Digital Enterprise site. For further information please call the Digital Enterprise helpline on 0113 426 0535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.