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Expanded Eligibility Criteria for Help to Grow Digital Scheme Announced

Digital & Technology

26 July 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A government scheme that cuts the price of leading software, boosting productivity and growth of the UK’s small businesses, is now able to benefit even more firms.

Customer Relation Management (CRM) software can boost business productivity. The Government’s Help to Grow: Digital scheme offers firms discounts on approved software worth up to £5,000. The scheme is nearly tripling in reach, enabling more firms to adopt the latest digital technology.

Previously, only businesses with five or more staff were eligible for the scheme. Now, those with at least one employee can benefit. This change is expected to increase the number of eligible businesses by 760,000, meaning the scheme is able to reach up to 1.24 million firms.

A further change to the scheme means that eCommerce software is available to help businesses ramp up sales of products and services online. This includes helping them to manage their inventory, take payments and gather data and insights on customers’ needs.

Additionally, the Government has announced that Help to Grow: Digital will support one-to-one advice for SMEs on how best they can adopt digital technology. The service is expected to go live later in 2022.

To qualify for the financial discount through Help to Grow: Digital, businesses can be from any business sector. They must be purchasing software for the first time.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Alan Mak said:

'Extending our Help to Grow: Digital scheme will enable thousands more SMEs to become more innovative, more competitive, and more profitable.

'Helping them adopt new technology to support customers, manage accounts and sell online will save them time and money. This will boost productivity and help create jobs and prosperity across the UK.'

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Support is accessible through the Help to Grow website.


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