Two new digital support programmes are being rolled out by East Midlands Chamber.
The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme and the LLEP Digital Growth Programme will offer bespoke and structured digital business support and advice across the whole of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
Over the next two years the programmes will together deliver 580 action-planning workshops, annual digital conferences, dedicated digital business advice, workforce development skills advice and a technology grant scheme worth £3.8m – to be 60% matched by participating SMEs.
Diane Simpson, the Chamber’s deputy chief executive, said: “Knowing the true value of digital technology and understanding what is right for your business can be a daunting challenge, making it all too easy to miss out on opportunities for improvement.
“The two programmes we’re delivering seek to encourage enterprises with growth aspirations to explore and introduce new and emerging ICT products to improve their competitiveness and productivity”.
The programmes, which are open to businesses, charities and other organisations, will engage with at least 3,662 enterprises through dedicated marketing and activities, resulting in 1,534 enterprises receiving intensive support, the creation of 170 new businesses and 1,278 SMEs introducing new digital processes.
Both programmes will be delivered through the Chamber’s dedicated and specialist eBusiness Club team.
The LLEP programme is part-funded by East Midlands Chamber Leicestershire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
The D2N2 programme is part-funded by East Midlands Chamber Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, The Creative Quarter Company, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
Programme launch events have already started to roll out across the three counties but there are more dates planned for this month and one in April.