UDC makes £40,000 digital grant available to support businesses

Uttlesford District Council is providing up to £40,000 in grants for local businesses to improve their digital offering as part of a Digital Boost for Business Week (7 to 11 November).

Businesses can apply for up to £2,500 to develop or improve their website and social media platforms, online booking systems, mobile apps and e-commerce platforms.  Grants will cover up to 50% of the costs towards eligible projects, up to the maximum value of the grant. 

Businesses are also be invited to attend a series of free webinars, hosted by Sarah Bee Marketing and Outline Media productions, as well as take part in fully-funded digital skills training workshops run by Colbea as part of the North Essex Economic Board's programme of skills training.

Cllr Neil Reeve, the council's Portfolio Holder for Economy, Investment and Corporate Strategy, said: "The pandemic has changed the way we use the internet. We have seen an increase not only in people shopping online but also researching which products to buy or services to use.

"The majority of adults in the UK now spend at least seven hours a week on social media and local businesses would benefit greatly by mastering the skills required to make the most of this captive audience and boost awareness among new and existing customers.

"We want Uttlesford businesses to thrive and there are lots of ways digital can help them grow. I would urge all businesses to attend some of the skills sessions available during the Digital Boost Week to help them increase sales and flourish."

For more information about Digital Boost for Business Week, visit www.uttlesford.gov.uk/business/digital-boost-week.

22 October 2022