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ICT for Growth Programme

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What is the Business Support?

ICT can be a major catalyst for growth and ensuring your SME has the capacity to uptake such technologies can increase your competitive edge. Our package of support can help you apply the digital tools and techniques to achieve your growth potential, building confidence and giving you the knowledge of how digital technologies can be employed to solve business problems.

Find out how we can help your business enter the digital world and speak to one of our advisors today.


As a minimum, your business must:

Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m
If eligible, SMEs will be able to apply for all aspects of the #GrowMySME programme.

What could it do for your company?

The scheme can provide ICT specialist advice relating to company growth plans. Our advisors can support you through many aspects such as:

Identifying ICT needs and requirements
Developing a digital strategy
Designing a tailored project solution
Developing an action plan of support
Identifying ICT solutions and refer to relevant support programmes.

Our fully funded workshops, masterclasses and briefing programmes can help you develop the skills you need to enhance your digital offering and systems. We have specially selected expert speakers and presenters so you can be confident that you’ll come away from the event with valuable skills and knowledge.

We offer an extensive workshop programme to cover key areas of ICT for business growth, all events will be held at venues across the Humber region. Our range of specialist workshops will develop your knowledge in:

Cloud-Based Computing
Implementing integrated digital customer relationship management (CRM)
Human resource systems
E-Commerce systems
Accountancy systems
Connectivity & mobile working
Internet of things
Big data for SMEs / data analytics
Cyber security & resilience to threat
Integrated Systems & processes
New and emerging technologies
Artificial intelligence / machine learning
Virtual / augmented / mixed reality
Smart cities


Who runs it?

Hull City Council

How to find out more?

To find out more please click here

What is the grant available for?

Start-up businesses across the Humber can now apply for a new ICT grant of £1,000 through the #GrowMySME Programme. If you’ve been in business for less than 12 months and need funding to help with the cost of connection to superfast broadband, IT equipment or software, the ICT for Growth Business Start-Up Grant could be the perfect solution.

Capital or Revenue or Both?

This is a capitol and revenue grant.

Any eligibility criteria

The grant is available to all eligible SMEs in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire who have been trading for less than 12 months.

What grant amounts are available?

Our new grant will help start-up businesses with the cost of ICT set-up costs such as getting connected to superfast broadband (30mbps+) and initial 12 months contract costs, back-up systems, software or the purchase of one PC, laptop, or printer.

The grant can also be used towards the cost of a new website and digital marketing to help give new businesses a boost when it comes to promoting themselves.

Grant Support available includes:

New or upgraded connectivity (30mbps+) including purchase of associated IT equipment e.g. routers, Wi-Fi boosters etc. initial 12 months contract costs
ICT Back- Up System
Specialist Software e.g. Microsoft Office, Accounting etc
Purchase of 1 PC or 1 Laptop
1st Time Website or basic E-Commerce, Domain Name, 1st year Hosting
Digital Marketing (PPC, SEO, Analytics)
Other ICT related costs can be considered – please contact one of the team to discuss your proposed grant project

Who provides the grant?

Hull City Council

How to apply for the grant?

To find out further information please click here

Contact information:

01482 612612

Additional information

Closing Date: 31/03/2022

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