Enterprise South launches new free programme to help family businesses embrace digital technology

Leaders of small family businesses across the South East are invited to enrol in a new support programme to help them evolve and future-proof their organisations through the use of new technologies.

The four-month programme, Evolve Digital, will be run by Enterprise South in partnership with Innovate UK and is fully funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It is being launched for the first time in the South East to equip leaders of family businesses with the tools and techniques they need to enhance their leadership skills and boost their confidence when it comes to assessing and adopting technology.

Business leaders who sign up will either take part in an online cohort where they will benefit from peer learning and interactive sessions, or they will have access to an online series of practical materials and toolkits which take them through a journey to grow their business.

The programme will be rolled out in all corners of the UK and forms part of a new national research study which means participants will not only get the chance to help their own businesses, but their experience will help inform the UK Government, shape policy and improve the support provision available to SMEs.

Enterprise South has been supporting SMEs since the 1980’s and are is in a perfect position to help. We are proud to be the first to deliver this innovative programme which will give hundreds of family businesses a much-needed boost to better understand digital technology, cut through its complexity and get to grips with the benefits and limitations technology can offer. This will help ensure family businesses grow and thrive for generations to come.

The programme will start on April 2021. SME family businesses across the South East may be eligible to apply to access this business support package, worth £3,000, if they employ fewer than 50 people and have been in operation for one year or more.

To register interest or to apply, visit www.businesssouth.org/evolve-digital or email info@enterprisesouth.co.uk.

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