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Digital Growth Vouchers

Worth between £2,000 and £12,500, our Digital Growth Vouchers have helped hundreds of small to medium sized businesses grow by funding their digital investment projects.

The funding can be used to help businesses to improve their digital capabilities - such as buying new hardware/software, upgrading digital connectivity/broadband, developing websites, creating apps, or installing internet telephony.

Funding will cover at least 50% of the cost of a project and sometimes more. So far, over 750 businesses have taken advantage of Digital Growth Voucher funding, perhaps we can help you too?

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Digital Growth Vouchers

With digital technology playing an increasingly important role in helping businesses to grow – can you afford to miss out? Our Digital Growth Vouchers offer eligible firms help to fund their digital/IT investment.

Click the button below to read our Guidance Notes before applying

GUIDANCE NOTESSUMMARY
Digital technology is transforming the way in which businesses operate, helping them to gain a competitive edge and achieve long term success. Our Digital Growth Vouchers, which are worth between £2,000 and £12,500 are designed to help small to medium sized businesses that are looking to grow, by covering some of the costs of their digital/IT investment, so that they can achieve greater profitability and reach their full potential.

Our vouchers will fund at least 50% of the cost of a project, however, there is the chance you could receive a higher level of funding depending upon the levels of digital transformation, business performance, productivity and innovation your project will achieve. The total project value must be between £4,000 – £25,000.

Our Digital Growth Voucher scheme is a competitive process where proposals are compared to each other to determine those that offer the biggest potential for business growth and digital maturity.

Our revised guidance for applicants and intermediaries is available to read – click the graphic opposite. 

Eligible Investment projects for a Voucher

Digital Growth Vouchers are intended for the acquisition of I.T hardware, software purchases or upgrades to digital connectivity. Funding can only be used for the purchasing of equipment or software and not for the on-going revenue costs of leasing them.

When applying for a voucher it is important that applicants describe the purpose for which the acquired asset or investment will be used and how it will benefit business performance, since our funding is there to help to achieve ‘Additionality’ i.e. to add value. It cannot be used to merely replace old equipment or infrastructure, where no value is added to a firm’s performance, capability or capacity.   Therefore, voucher applications which do not demonstrate how the investment will generate any economic growth or impact for the business will be rejected.

Examples of eligible hardware/software solutions for a voucher

  • New laptops, desktops or tablet computers, VOIP telephony or networking devices e.g. routers and servers, etc.
  • Enhanced digital connectivity – particularly when this leads to download speeds exceeding 30 mbps. However, the grant will only be able to cover the cost of the installation not any on-going revenue costs.
  • The acquisition of new software to manage the business including a CRM or ERP. The grant can cover integration and consultancy costs too, but this is capped at 40% of the total project cost.

Example: A manufacturing business in Huddersfield is aiming to grow and achieve digital transformation by selling its products online through the commissioning of a new e-commerce website. All products made by firm will be available for customers to purchase.

The website has a total cost of £10,000 (excluding VAT) – which includes costs relating to its design, development and integration. The firm can apply for a Digital Growth voucher worth between £2,000 to £12,500. The business owner expects to see employment growth of 10% and turnover to increase by 20% over the next two years, as a result of this investment.

Register now!

The Digital Growth Voucher scheme opens in tranches throughout the year, with an allocated fixed amount of funding for vouchers allocated to each tranche.

Businesses can register their interest throughout the year and are able to indicate which tranche of funding they would like to access (if they are eligible for a Digital Growth Voucher). This is particularly helpful for businesses who wish to access funding, but are looking to commence their project at a later date.

Funding windows are:

Tranche

Funding window

1

September 2019 to December 2019

2

February 2020 to May 2020

3

September 2020 to December 2020

4

February 2021 to May 2021

5

September 2021 to December 2021

6

February 2022 to May 2022

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for a Digital Growth Voucher please follow the steps below:

  • Visit the eligibility checker on our website to see if your business is eligible for Digital Enterprise assistance.
  • If eligible complete the registration form on the Digital Enterprise website. Businesses are required to complete all sections of the registration form, with particular consideration to the impact of the funding/investment upon their business growth and development.
  • We will assess your registration for business eligibility and consider which form of support we can offer (Digital Growth Voucher, Connectivity Voucher or Digital Knowledge Exchange).
  • If eligible we will confirm which strands of support we can offer you.
  • If approved for a Digital Growth Voucher, we will contact you to learn more about your project to see if it is eligible for our support.
  • Obtain three quotations for your digital transformation project costs (Three quotes are required per item). We understand that this can take some time to complete, leading to a delay in the issuing of a Digital Growth Voucher, as such, interested applicants may wish to start sourcing quotes at the earliest opportunity.
  • If application approved we will send you a Funding Agreement.
  • On receiving the returned Funding Agreement you can commission your suppliers.
  • Once the work has been completed and proof of this is supplied via a claim form we will arrange payment to you.

Businesses receiving a Digital Growth Voucher are also able to take advantage of our other strands of support – our Connectivity Voucher and Digital Knowledge Exchange.

If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to contact us.

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