The government has announced that it is ending its Help to Grow: Digital scheme it launched in 2022.
The scheme was designed to add an incentive for businesses to invest in new digital technologies, following low statistics in regards to SMEs investing in R&D (research and development) programmes.
The brainchild of then Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on launch was touted as having the ability to provide over 100,000 SMEs with impartial advice on how technology can help their business and vouchers worth up to £5,000 to cover up to 50% of the costs of buying pre-approved software.
The government commented,
“Despite a marketing campaign, expanded eligibility of the scheme and positive feedback from users of the scheme, it did not have the take up expected, with less than 1,000 vouchers redeemed by SMEs.”
Businesses now have less than a month to apply for the Help to Grow: Digital scheme following a decision to close the programme. Applications for discounts will close on 2 February 2023. Discounts issued for eligible software must be redeemed within 30 days from issue date.
With the deadline looming, there has never been a better time to take your business online with EKM offering 50% off selected plans through the Help to Grow: Digital scheme.
Whether you already have an online presence or are looking to switch from another ecommerce provider, our unique Evolution Mode service, available for our Standard, Advanced and Pro plans, means you can get a fresh New Year look for your website thanks to our expert designers, all whilst accruing a 50% discount on your monthly subscription.
Having helped 80,000 UK businesses get online over the past 20 years, EKM was proud to be chosen as an official partner in the Help to Grow: Digital scheme and remains unequivocally committed to helping UK businesses thrive and navigate current economic challenges.
EKM is well known for providing an easy-to-use platform with unrivalled UK-based support, including an account manager to ensure success when taking your business online.
You can learn more about EKM and the Help to Grow: Digital scheme and how to apply for your 50% discount by visiting ekm.com/help-to-grow. Hurry, there’s not long left to claim.