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Some IT Support Schemes

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IT supportThe Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs are always happy to signpost smaller businesses to schemes which might help their business. In this case we have two schemes that potentially provide IT support subject to eligibility.

BROADBAND GRANTS

Businesses are being encouraged by Forest of Dean District Council to apply for non-repayable broadband grants to fund faster communication speeds.

The BDUK broadband voucher scheme can help small or medium sized enterprises or voluntary/charity organisations which have a slow or unsuitable broadband service.

Vouchers cover the connection costs of between £100 and £3,000 and are paid directly to the broadband supplier. They can go towards either fixed or wireless broadband. Businesses will then need to pay the VAT, any amount over the value of the voucher and the ongoing subscription cost.

For more information please visit the Forest of Dean District Council website via this link

FREE DIGITAL ADVICE PROJECT

A Lloyds Bank survey reports that more than 60% of small businesses say the internet helps them attract more customers, and 78% say it helps them save time.

The Free Digital Advice Project’s aim is to provide support to rural Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to improve their digital skills.

The project is being run by the Tinder Foundation through Gloucestershire Rural Community Council and funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund. Support could be to improve confidence and skills using social media to promote the business, updating or creating a web presence, or support to utilise on-line tools to support their business.

An overview of the process is:

  • Business completes an ‘entry’ survey to identify what digital skills they have and areas they would like to develop
  • GRCC provide support or signpost to organisations who could provide support
  • Further down the line there would be an ‘exit’ survey to assess the progress made and any next steps for future development

For more details please contact Helen Richard on 01452 528491 or email her

If you come across other genuine schemes for IT support please lets us know or share on our Facebook page

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