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What is the Business Support?

What is it?

Help to Grow: Digital is a UK-wide government-backed scheme that aims to help you choose, buy and adopt digital technologies that will help you grow your business. 

The Help to Grow: Digital scheme offers your business:

  • Free, impartial advice and guidance about what digital technology is best suited to your business and how it can boost your business’ performance 
  • Targeted financial support, if your business is eligible, worth up to £5,000 towards the costs of buying approved digital technologies

Eligible businesses will also be able to get a discount of up to 50% on the costs of approved software, worth up to £5,000. Vouchers are initially expected to be available for software that helps businesses:

  • build customer relationships and increase sales
  • make the most of selling online
  • manage their accounts and finances digitally

Restrictions

All businesses can access the free, impartial advice and guidance on digital technology adoption on the Help to Grow: Digital website.

The financial discount towards purchasing approved digital technologies from technology suppliers listed on the Help to Grow: Digital online platform is available to UK businesses that meet all four eligibility criteria below:   

  • Your business must have a registered office in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) and be registered at the relevant Companies House or be a registered society listed on the Financial Conduct Authority’s Mutuals Register.
  • Your business must have been actively trading for over 12 months prior to the date of application and have an incorporation date of, at minimum, 365 days prior to the date of application. 
  • Your business must have a total of between 1 and 249 employees. 
  • Your business must be purchasing the approved software for the first time.

Eligible businesses will only receive one discount towards the purchase of one approved software product up to a maximum of £5,000 (not including VAT).

The financial discount covers 12 months’ worth of approved software product core costs, exclusive of VAT.

For further information please visit guidance

What could it do for your company?

The Help to Grow: Digital website provides you with free, impartial advice, guidance, and tools, to explore the huge potential digital technology has to help your business to grow. Designed with industry and independent experts, we will keep adding to the advice and guidance available here.

Take the first step and get help to: 

  • identify the digital technology needs of your business 
  • make informed decisions about which software products best meet those needs 
  • successfully incorporate these products into your business 
  • e-Commerce software to support businesses to sell online and reach new markets
  • one-to-one advice for small and medium-size businesses on digital tech adoption. We have opened applications for advice platforms to partner with us from today with the aim of the service being in place for SMEs later this year

Help to Grow: Digital also offers you financial help to buy digital technology. If you are eligible, you can access a discount of up to 50% on the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000, on the Help to Grow: Digital website. 

Discounts will be available for approved software that helps your business to: 

  • build customer relationships and increase sales 
  • manage accounts and finances digitally 

eCommerce software has also been added to the scheme, helping businesses to sell online and reach new markets. This includes helping them to manage their inventory, take payments and gather data and insights on customers’ needs.

Businesses can now access 30 different solutions from 14 leading suppliers of eCommerce, Digital Accounting and CRM software. Additionally, Help to Grow: Digital will support one-to-one advice for SMEs on how best they can adopt digital technology.

How to find out more?

For general enquiries or any feedback you would like to provide, please email us at sme.helptogrow@beis.gov.uk

You will need to provide:  

  • details regarding the enquiry, feedback and any specific information that is relevant.
  • contact name and contact details.
  • if this is a reply to an original response, please also include the customer or application reference number (if applicable).

To find out more about the Help to Grow programme please click here.

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