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
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
National grant scheme from the Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. For SMEs who need to improve their broadband speed to the fastest available. Maximum grants fo £3k available.
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme supports the cost of installing full fibre broadband connections direct to businesses for the fastest and most reliable gigabit-capable broadband speeds available.
Through the scheme SMEs can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of full fibre connection, either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can also benefit from the scheme as part of a group project and can claim for a voucher of £500.
For full details about eligibility, to find a full fibre broadband supplier or read some case studies, go to: https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk
D2N2 Digital Growth Programme
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
New applicants can register interest should funding become available again. (Previous grants of between £2,000 and £16,000 (or 40% of the total project cost) could 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) growth programme 2014 to 2020.