The government is launching a brand-new scheme that is intended to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to enhance their tech skills so that they can boost online sales and productivity.
It is being called ‘Help to Grow: Digital’ and it will be overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The key aim of the scheme is to help UK SMEs to grow by improving their digital skills and encouraging them to make greater use of available technology solutions. It started accepting applications from SMEs this month.
Among the benefits that firms that get accepted onto the scheme will be able to enjoy are money off the cost of software for customer relationship management (CRM) and accounting. However, there are accountants in Goole and other parts of the country that can help those SMEs that do not win a place.
The scheme will also allow the owners of such companies to get business advice on what digital solutions will best support them via a special online platform.
According to Computer Weekly, Chancellor Rishi Sunak stated that:
“When I announced this in the Budget, I said we wanted to help businesses become more innovative, more competitive and more profitable, and I am excited this programme allows them to do that.”
In the Budget announcement of last autumn, Sunak said that the government was intending to set up a scheme that would provide this sort of support for 100,000 small and medium-sized companies based throughout the UK.