Date: 13th November 2020
Interest in Digital Enterprise and particularly our Digital Growth Voucher funding continues at a pace and we are doing our utmost to help as many businesses as possible with their digital projects.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the subsequent lockdown, and a growing need for businesses to invest in technology, earlier this year we made the decision to accelerate our Digital Growth Voucher programme so that we could assist more businesses than ever before.
Traditionally, the Digital Growth Voucher scheme opens at certain times of the year – and our latest tranche (tranche 3) was due to commence in September with up to 150 Digital Growth Vouchers available.
However, due to the current circumstances we find ourselves in, we brought the tranche forward to June so that we could support those businesses that needed to commence their projects as soon as possible.
We are pleased to have been able to exceed our own expectations and almost 330 businesses have now been offered the opportunity to take advantage of Digital Growth Voucher funding in the current tranche. Our team of Digital Growth Advisors are now working closely with these businesses to progress their projects.
Unfortunately, as we are currently assisting more than double the number of businesses we had originally planned to help, the current tranche is now full.
The next tranche (tranche 4) of our Digital Growth Voucher scheme will open in February. We are once again looking to increase the number of vouchers we usually offer and are keen to hear from businesses who are looking for digital technology funding for projects which will help them grow or become more resilient. You can register your interest in our programme ahead of the next tranche opening by visiting www.digitalenterprise.co.uk/de2
Over the last six months we have been inundated with interest from businesses wishing to access our assistance and as a consequence it is currently taking a little longer than usual to assess registrations. We will respond as quickly as possible, however it may take up to 10 weeks before we can complete eligibility checks and let you know how we can help you.
Please be aware, due to the high level of interest in Digital Enterprise we are prioritising funding requests from businesses that are new to our programme and we are currently not considering second applications for a Digital Growth Voucher from businesses who have received a voucher since the second phase of our scheme opened in September 2019.