How many time can I make a claim for voucher funding?
You can only claim once for the full value of the voucher amount that has been agreed by us - once you have purchased and recieved your item/s.
Can I access both strands of the programme?
Normally businesses will only be able to access one strand of the programme. However, where we have capacity, firms may be able to participate in both strands of the programme – this will be determined on a case by case basis and depends upon the potential level of economic impact this will generate i.e. jobs created etc.
Can I apply for a voucher for items that I have already ordered or paid for?
Unfortunately we cannot allow retrospective claims i.e. any items purchased or ordered through a supplier prior to the signing of a Funding Agreement with Digital Enterprise will be disallowed.
Will Brexit have any impact upon the delivery of the programme?
HM Treasury have agreed to underwrite any funding that may be at risk due to Brexit. Hence, the programme will be able to complete its delivery timeframe.
I have already received funding through other Leeds city region Local Enterprise Partnership programmes, can I participate in this?
As long as the total value of support that you have received over the past 3 years is below €200,000 you will be able to participate in Digital Enterprise.
Why are certain sectors excluded from the Vouchers scheme?
Some sectors are supported by alternative EU funding programmes such Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – which receives funding from EAFRD (European Agriculture Rural Development Fund). Also, sectors such as Retailing are excluded as they are not considered to add value to the economy and simply lead to the displacement of expenditure. However, firms in the Retail sector are able to participate in the Workshops and Masterclasses strand of our programme.
Can a Digital Growth Voucher be used to pay for revenue (on-going) costs for IT/digital solutions i.e. SEO or digital marketing?
Digital Growth Vouchers can only pay for upfront cost for digital solutions – revenue costs are not eligible. Digital marketing charged upfront by a supplier e.g. as part of a web development project may be eligible and will need to be assessed by our Advisers for eligibility.
Can I apply for more than one Voucher?
Unfortunately only one Voucher per SME is permitted. This is to ensure that the programme is as inclusive as possible giving a larger number of firms the opportunity to benefit from the limited Voucher funding pot.
When will the workshops/masterclasses and mentoring component of the programme be launched.
We plan to launch this strand of the programme in April/May 2017.
My business is based outside the Leeds city region area, can I apply for a voucher?
Unfortunately not. EU Funding is awarded to programmes based on strict geographies of eligibility which we are obligated to comply with.
Is there a preferred suppliers list where firms can register?
No. However, digital suppliers may request to be listed on our website, under the Suppliers section – this is not a preferred suppliers list but merely a listing to help our Voucher applicants to identify suitable suppliers of digital solutions. This can be done by requesting a listing by email us at enquiries.DE@leeds.gov.uk
and requesting a listing.