Digital Drive is a £4m initiative that aims to help SMEs in County Durham to maximise their growth potential and sustainability through digital technology.
The initiative offers*:
- One to one business support to help with strategic business planning, digital marketing and guidance on digital technologies that could be beneficial;
- Fully funded masterclasses and conferences covering topics such as digital transformation, digital content and search engine optimisation;
- Digital Health Check to assess your online presence, review your digital skills and provide advice on the best use of technology for your business;
- Grant funds of up to 40% to support digital consultancy projects; equipment that will help your business to improve through the use of digital technology; website, software or app development; or the installation of broadband infrastructure.
*All support and funding is subject to eligibility criteria.
Digital Drive is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Business Durham, which works on behalf of Durham County Council, and private investment. The initiative forms part of the wider Digital Durham initiative to improve broadband speeds for residents and businesses across the North East.
Interested in finding out more
Contact Digital Drive to register for support, events and funding opportunities, through one of the contact methods below:
Phone: 0191 389 8458
Broadband traffic can be high during the Christmas holidays! New gifts that connect to the internet such as Smartphones, laptops and iPads; watching catch up TV on the iPlayer; or maybe visitors who all want to use your wi-fi password – can all quickly sap your speeds.
Digital Durham is working with partners Openreach to extend fibre-based broadband coverage across the region. You can check if you can upgrade now on the Openreach website.
Fibre-based broadband may be more affordable than you think. Online broadband comparison sites, such as MoneySavingExpert.com* that was founded by Martin Lewis, can often help you find the best deals. Be sure to look for fibre broadband when placing an order.
Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further advice.
*Other comparison sites are available.
Durham County Council has partnered with Protech City to offer low-cost computer equipment to County Durham based registered charities under the Digital Durham Reboot scheme.
A quarter of Durham County Council owned desktops and laptops are replaced each year to ensure they are technically up to date and perform well. Some of these devices are suitable for reuse, and are being offered through this scheme.
The equipment starts at just £75 for a desktop and £105 for a laptop. Both come with genuine Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Business software and a Windows 10 operating system that includes anti-virus.
To be eligible you need to use the equipment to:
- Help residents get online by providing free internet access
- Provide support to residents to improve their skills – this could be digital skills
- Assist the charity to run more effectively
You can request an application form through one of the following ways:
Phone: 03000 261 160 (voicemail service)