Evidence shows that businesses that do more online, are more likely to grow and succeed – reaching a wider audience, becoming more efficient, and become better engaged with their customers, saving time and money.
There are a number of measures to help businesses become more digitally active.
Become more active online
Leading to Grow programme
The Leading to Grow programme by Nottingham Trent University, and funded by the Business Basics Fund (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) helps micro business owners (must employ less than 10 employees) explore digital and new technologies suited to their business goals. The programme also assists the businesses to develop the management capabilities they need to implement digtial technologies within their business. Places on the programme are fully funded and are offered by business schools across England.
To be eligible for a place on the programme a business 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.
iProgramme for employed people
DRB training offer fully funded digital training courses for businesses and employees within the D2N2 region, including Nottinghamshire. All qualifications offered by DRB training are up to level 3 standard.
Topics include, working in “the new normal” digital world, Microsoft Office flexi-course, remote management, digital marketing, online customer service, online English and Maths, and bespoke digital skills for your business.
- closes: December 2022
- email: Clare Rigby, Business Development - email@example.com
- telephone: 0749 4155 023
- website: iProgramme - Workplace Digital Skills
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. Delivered by D2N2 working with training providers across the region, participants can enrol on a range of digital and technical skills courses that will provide Level 3 qualifications. Courses are also short with flexibility to undertake learning, they run for up to 12 weeks.
- website: Skills Bootcamps
Digital Academy - Enterprising Ashfield
Delivered by Nottingham Trent University to help small and medium enterprises in Kirkby and Sutton in Ashfield upskill their employees, and upgrade their digital technologies. They offer free workshops to graduates to support productivity and innovation covering website design, social media marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO).
East Midlands Chamber free digital webinars
The East Midlands Chamber offer free webinars, funded by D2N2; You can view upcoming webinars on the business events page of the Chamber website. The webinars cover a range of digital topics including online marketing, websites and digital advertising.
Places can be booked on the webinar events without being a member of the Chamber.
- email: Kayleigh Newby, Marketing and Events Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
- website: East Midlands Chamber – Business Events
Help to Grow - Digital
Small businesses are 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 £5000. Business will need to register, to apply.
- closes: July 2025
- website: Help to Grow: Digital - GOV.UK
Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme
Small and medium enterprises, and social enterprises located in rural areas can get a voucher worth up to £3500 for a business to help cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband.
Small and medium enterprises for this scheme are classed as having up to 249 employees and an annual turnover of no more than £36M and/or an annual balance sheet total not over £18M.
This is programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. It has been designed to support ambitious, high growth businesses by providing them with the knowledge, investment and capacity to scale-up through embracing new technologies. To be eligible you must be trading for at least 1 year, employ 5 or more emplyees (including directors), have sales £100,000+ per anum, and be able to demonstrate the business' ability to invest in digital technologies.
The project support consists of:
- Intensive one-to-one digital advisor 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
East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre
East Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre provide free membership, support and help to protect small and medium businesses across the region against cybercrime through a structured collaboration. EMCRC works in conjunction with local universities, businesses and the 5 East Midlands police forces - Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire.