Did you know that digital-first companies are 64 per cent more likely to achieve their sales and growth targets?*

Those who neglect to implement the technological tools available to them often fall behind, losing not only their competitive edge, but also their customers and profits.

Enterprising Barnsley has launched a new scheme to help small and medium enterprises in South Yorkshire develop their use of technology.

The grant will allow businesses to access new markets, become more competitive, promote their products and services, and create more productive ways of working.

The Digital Innovation Grant Programme is an ERDF funded project, and Barnsley MBC is the accountable body. The project receives up to £1.63m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 (with funding available until 2023).

Grant funding will be available for up to 50 per cent of the value of an investment, with a maximum award of £5,000. The second round of the Digital Innovation Grant applications will open on Monday 1 November 2021.

What projects can the scheme aid?

SMEs can use the scheme for any projects that do the following: a new digital project that enables or accelerates the development of ‘new to the firm’ products or services, gives access to new markets or helps to safeguard or create jobs.

An example of this could be a transportation business investing in a new innovative technology for its vehicles, which provides real-time intelligence on the location of delivery vehicles for clients and more accurate information about delivery timescales.

The grant could go towards a new e-commerce website for a traditional bricks-and-mortar only shop. A new e-commerce website allows the business to reach new markets and potentially increase business profits.

FREE webinar – How SMEs can utilise digital technologies to achieve business growth

 Hydra Creative’s digital marketing experts are hosting a webinar on Wednesday 20 October at 10am, offering businesses free advice on:

– What digital technologies are, and how they can be used in businesses

– How technology can streamline business processes and increase profits

– How you can use the Digital Innovation Grant to improve your business (please note, we cannot complete the grant application for you)

Hydra Creative has over 12 years of experience operating in the digital industry, specialising in bespoke websites and software development. Their team have worked with SMEs all over South Yorkshire to aid business growth and increase revenue.

Spaces for the webinar are limited, so contact the team today to secure your place.

Sign up here – https://www.hydracreative.com/promotion/digitalgrantswebinar



* https://www.forbes.com/sites/blakemorgan/2019/12/16/100-stats-on-digital-transformation-and-customer-experience/?sh=7e7803553bf3