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Small business digital capability

Evidence tells us that small businesses that do more online are more likely to grow and succeed - becoming more efficient, reaching more customers, becoming better engaged with their customers, and saving time and money.

Local Enterprise Partnerships and growth hubs provide advice at the local level for businesses and deliver a network of local face to face support to help businesses develop the confidence and skills they need to do more online.

Digital Skills Bootcamps

There are a series of free courses available, to help people develop the digital skills that are in demand in our local area.

It’s being delivered by D2N2 and GBS Apprenticeships, participants can enrol on a range of digital and technical skills courses that will provide Level Three qualifications. Courses are also short with flexibility to undertake learning, they run for up to 12 weeks. This project ends in September 2021.

For more information look at the Digital Skills Bootcamps website.

Leading to Grow

This programme helps small business owners explore digital and new technologies suited to their business goals, and to develop the management capabilities they need to implement these technologies within their business.

Businesses must be registered with Companies House and have a trading history of 3 years or more, employ up no more than 9 people and must not have participated on a formal programme to raise productivity delivered by a business school in the last 12 months.

You can find out more on the Leading to Grow website or contact them by:

Free digital webinars

Free webinars are being offered by the chamber funded by D2N2. These cover a range of digital topics and SME's can book on these without being a member. Topics include online marketing, websites and more.

You can view upcoming webinars on The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce events website. You can also contact Events and Engagement Officer Bryony Delahaye by: 

Help to Grow Scheme

This a national government initiative that helps small businesses across the UK, learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits. SME’s must register their interest to apply and there are two sides to the scheme:


From Jun-21 you can access a 12 week-programme delivered by leading business schools across the UK, accredited by the Small Business Charter, places are 90% subsidised by government – participants will be charged £750.


From Autumn-21, small businesses will be able to get free impartial advice on how technology can boost their performance through a new online platform and get a discount of up to 50% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000. You need to register your business to apply:

iProgramme 1.2

This is a free digital skills course targeting businesses in the D2N2 region. Topics include:

  • working in 'The New Normal' digital world
  • Microsoft Office flexi-course
  • remote Management
  • digital marketing
  • online customer service
  • online English and maths
  • bespoke digital skills for your business.

All qualifications are up to L3 standard and you can find out more on the iProgramme website or contact Claire Rigby, Business Development Manager by:

Digital Upscaler

For SMEs who are looking to grow by investing in new technologies and who are struggling to understand those technologies and how to move forward.

It’s delivered by the East Midlands Chamber Commerce and enables local businesses to gain the knowledge, investment and capacity they need to scale-up by embracing new technologies.

The project is available to a limited number of ambitious scaling businesses and provides a programme of specialist digital support through business advisers, events, consultancy, grants and a technology forum.

Find out more on the Digital Upscaler website. 

The Live, Experiential and Digital Diversification Project (LEADD)

This project is being delivered in partnership between Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University. They are combining their expertise in digital technologies to support local businesses by introducing them to new technologies and help them to develop viable products. Contact: 

You can find out more on the Live, Experiential and Digital Diversification Project (LEADD) website. You can also contact Daniel Symes by: 

Ways to contact business support

The best way to contact us is through our online form so we have the right information to help you as quickly as possible. Contact us by: