Fully Funded Digital Support for Cheshire Businesses

The Digital Cheshire programme offers SMEs in the Cheshire, Warrington and Halton area, access to a variety of fully funded business support. Eligible businesses can benefit from a tailored digital support programme, assisting you to develop your digital approach and helping expose the possibilities that digital tools can bring. 

The programme includes a range of digital masterclasses delivered by industry experts, both virtually and face to face at partner venues in Cheshire, covering all aspects of digital technology adoption, digital marketing and more.   

The programme also offers up to 20 hours of fully funded specialist business support and consultancy, with access to expert 1:1 support and consultative guidance.  

Digital connectivity is key to digitalising your operations and the programme is expanding the delivery of gigabit broadband connectivity to SMEs in rural Cheshire, which will provide a reliable and future proofed solution to enable businesses to grow. 

The Digital Cheshire programme encourages SMEs to consider and understand available digital options, whilst expanding their knowledge and skill set on all things digital, from marketing, online accountancy and payroll to GDPR, data security and strategy. 

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What’s included in this unique offer?

1:1 support from a business expert

Your dedicated Business Connector will run through a bespoke diagnostic to understand your business needs and assist you on your digital journey, identifying the right support sessions for you.

Small group masterclasses to encourage your digital growth

Through both virtual and face-to-face strategic sessions with industry experts, you’ll have the opportunity to develop knowledge, network and adapt to meet evolving digital demands; helping your business grow digitally.

Ongoing contact with your local support team

We’ll continue to support your digital growth, keep your business connected in the region and signpost more ways for your business develop.

Empowering the region

It's our mission to help our businesses transform, develop and expand digitally.

Through the delivery of expert-led masterclasses, we’ll help your business to grow. This will in turn strengthen the local economy and assist our businesses to become more efficient.

The borough is home to a number of thriving and successful sectors including life sciences, advance manufacturing, digital and carbon zero industry. New and emerging technologies are bringing opportunities to rethink how services can be provided and opening new opportunities.

The Digital Cheshire project compliments the investments being made in infrastructure and physical connectivity within Cheshire and Warrington as an effective way of maximising the benefits by calling upon expertise to delivering targeted business support and direct engagement with SMEs to enable businesses to use digital technologies to potentially grow their business regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’ll cut through the jargon to help you utilise your connectivity, helping your business to thrive or recover after the recent impacts of the global pandemic.

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Unrivalled expertise

This programme of masterclasses is delivered in partnership with The Growth Company.

The Growth Company is an award-winning, not-for-profit social enterprise with a mission to enable growth, create jobs and improve lives. The Growth Company provide individuals and businesses with a wide range of services that improve employment, skills, investment and enterprise for the benefit of all.

Cheshire and Warrington contain a high proportion of rural or remotely located areas that have been particularly impacted by poor levels of digital connectivity. Many of the areas with pre-existing issues of lack of employment opportunities and digital exclusion issues could experience further adversity if digital services and assistance is not available or accessible.

Through the Digital Cheshire partnership, the project aims to play a pivotal part of the 'digital revolution' underway across the region; by embracing new and emerging technologies and introducing new opportunities and methodologies to rethink how services can be provided and encourage business growth. We want to improve connectivity and digital inclusion for all our communities and help businesses to benefit from the convenience and flexibility it can bring.

The Digital Cheshire partnership is committed to supporting businesses to thrive and to recover from the impacts of the pandemic and are pleased to be able to provide these masterclasses.  We want to help businesses to develop and grow digitally so that they can reap the numerous benefits, not least increased productivity. 

I would urge all SMEs to sign up to these masterclasses and take advantage of the 1:1 support from industry-expert advice and best practice guidance.

Charles Jarvis Head of Economic Development, Cheshire East Council

* Our funding is provided through the European Union Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by the Regional Local Authorities. This funding is made available to encourage businesses to grow across the Cheshire and Warrington region. All support provided to eligible enterprises is fully-funded so at no cost to your business. This funding forms part of your businesses de Minimas aid. We are providing support through the help of our delivery partners, The Growth Company.

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