Digital Growth Programme

Organisations across Leicester and Leicestershire benefited from a range of fully-funded digital marketing workshops, grant funding and one to one advice to help introduce new digital technology with the support from the Digital Growth Programme.

The Digital Growth Programme (formerly known as eBusiness Club) was a £9.3m support programme managed by East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and part-funded by Leicestershire Couny Council and the European Regional Development Fund. 

From 2016 to the end of Programme (March 2022), it supported 1,888 Leicester and Leicestershire businesses access free digital support. More than £2.2m of funding has been invested into the programme which helped to unlock an additional £3.8m of private sector investment from SMEs which received support.

Take a look at our 2022 showcase brochure and 2019 showcase brochure to see how SMEs have benefitted and the impact it has had on the business. 

We’ve seen some fantastic achievements during the programme, these include:

  • £2.2 million grants awarded to 211 businesses
  • 252 businesses received dedicated specialist advice
  • 337 2 hour events delivered to 8,423 business delegates
  • 252 3-6 hour strategic workshops delivered to 2,638 delegates

What support did the programme offer?

  • Raising awareness and Action Planning Workshops in a range of digital marketing topics including: 
  • Cloud Computing
  • Ecommerce
  • Email Marketing, CRM and Automation
  • Paid Digital Advertising
  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • Video Marketing
  • Website Planning and Development
  • Grant Funding 
  • Specialist advice from dedicated Digital Business Advisers

You can learn more about the programme's success and impact on SMEs by taking a look at our inspirational case studies

If you're an SME looking for Digital Technology advice and support you could be eligible to access help through the Chamber's Digital Upscaler or East Midlands Accelerator projects. More details can be found under Business Advice and Support