In the 2021 Bud­get state­ment yes­ter­day, Chan­cel­lor Rishi Sunak deliv­ered some vital sup­port for busi­ness­es – par­tic­u­lar­ly for Retail, Cul­ture, Tourism and Hospitality.

Dig­i­tal Funding

At a nation­al and local lev­el, new fund­ing will also be avail­able to help busi­ness­es with their dig­i­tal transformation.

In addi­tion to the Help to Grow: Man­age­ment train­ing pro­gramme, the Gov­ern­ment have also announced the Help to Grow: Dig­i­tal pro­gramme start­ing in the Autumn. Small busi­ness­es will be able to get free impar­tial advice on how tech­nol­o­gy can sup­port growth. Eli­gi­ble busi­ness­es will also be able to get a dis­count of up to 50% on the costs of approved soft­ware, worth up to £5,000.

Local­ly, Lin­colnshire Coun­ty Coun­cil has announced the Dig­i­tal Vouch­er Fund. This scheme pro­vides a vouch­er to the val­ue of between £1,000 and £5,000 to local busi­ness­es that are look­ing to invest in new tech­nol­o­gy for:

The reg­is­tra­tion win­dow for the Dig­i­tal Vouch­er Fund with Lin­colnshire Coun­ty Coun­cil is very nar­row. Busi­ness­es have to reg­is­ter their inter­est between 08 March and 12 March 2021. Full details about the fund, to check if your busi­ness is eli­gi­ble and how to apply are avail­able on the Lin­colnshire Coun­ty Coun­cil web­site.

If you are suc­cess­ful in being invit­ed for a full appli­ca­tion, Lin­colnshire Coun­ty Coun­cil will then con­tact you and ask for a min­i­mum of two quotes to a val­ue of £2,000+VAT or more to be pro­vid­ed along with your com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion. You will have to com­plete the full appli­ca­tion with­in 2 weeks.

Han­abi has expe­ri­ence in sup­port­ing busi­ness­es to apply for busi­ness fund­ing and we have prices start­ing from £4,000 to pro­vide your busi­ness with a dig­i­tal plat­form for growth, that will be able to scale along­side your business.

We have pre­vi­ous­ly writ­ten about what we offer to sup­port the Hos­pi­tal­i­ty and Trav­el and Tourism busi­ness­es. The Dig­i­tal Vouch­er Fund pro­vides busi­ness­es with fund­ing up to the full £5,000 amount, but busi­ness­es are also allowed to sup­ple­ment the grant with their own fund­ing if they decide to do so. This is a deci­sion to be made by your busi­ness and the invest­ment that you would like to make in a new dig­i­tal platform.

The Coun­cil has set a time­line of just 6 weeks from the date that you receive approval for your grant fund­ing to com­plete the project, with expres­sions of inter­est expect­ed to be reviewed by 26 March 2021. This is a short win­dow for a web­site project to be com­plet­ed, but it does pro­vide the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get an online pres­ence for your busi­ness in place with the foun­da­tions to build on as your busi­ness grows online.

Key Dates

At Han­abi, we are here to help your busi­ness with its online growth by pro­vid­ing a free con­sul­ta­tion on choos­ing a dig­i­tal plat­form to build your online pres­ence. Find out more about the Ser­vices that we pro­vide and feel free to con­tact us online, chat with us on What­sApp or call us on 01507 854065