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Digital connectivity, technology & skills

For Derbyshire Dales businesses looking to improve their connectivity, invest in technology solutions or improve their digital skills there are a number of schemes available...


Digital Derbyshire is working in partnership with BT to lay new fibre optic cable, bringing faster broadband to parts of Derbyshire and enabling businesses to order fibre broadband from an internet service provider of their choice.

For businesses in locations which currently cannot benefit from this project, and have poor broadband speeds or no availability of affordable broadband, Digital Derbyshire offers vouchers worth £350 towards the installation of a service that will offer speeds of at least 2Mbps. Applications for the voucher are open until the end of 2017 and applicants can choose their provider from any that are part of the scheme.

For more information and to check your broadband speed over the BT Openreach network using the ADSL checker and whether superfast broadband is available at your address using the BDUK superfast broadband checker see: http://www.digitalderbyshire.org.uk/better_broadband_subsidy_scheme/default.asp



The SFSY Connection Vouchers Scheme, open to businesses in the Derbyshire Dales, offers vouchers to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take-up faster digital connectivity. Vouchers will have a maximum value up to 50% of the actual cost for the connection provided, for projects costing £1k - £5k (ie the vouchers £500 to £2500). (all figures stated are excluding VAT).

For more information visit: www.superfastsouthyorkshire.co.uk/vouchers or call 01709 334334 or email: vouchers@superfastsouthyorkshire.co.uk

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) growth programme 2014 to 2020.



Free workshops

These workshops cover subjects ranging from digital and social media marketing to wider information technology areas such as ‘cyber resilience’ and ‘international marketing’. All workshops are free of charge and eligible businesses will receive a minimum of 12 hours of funded support. Each workshop is a full-day session (six hours), and are scheduled throughout the year.

In order to take advantage of the programme businesses need to register onto the Digital Growth Programme via the ebusiness website: www.ebusinessclub.biz/Register

Technology grants

Grants of between £2,000 and £16,000 (or 40% of the total project cost) can support businesses in utilising their existing technology solutions to their full potential, or assist in the introduction of new systems, hardware and software with the overall aim of improving business performance and productivity. For more information see www.ebusinessclub.biz/Technology-Grants

Digital Skills Advice

Digital Skills Advisers support and advise members of the programme to understand which workshops are right for their business, understand the breadth of technology that exists that will help businesses achieve goals and assist with the grant-funding process. For more information contact Richard Bruford on: rich.bruford@emc-dnl.co.uk

Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) growth programme 2014 to 2020.