Tech for Growth

Tech for Growth

Introduction

Tech for Growth is a fully-funded West of England Combined Authority initiative which provides up to 4 days of hands-on expert business support, helping small businesses get online, enhance digital presence, or adopting new technology or digital practices to increase productivity and sales.

Delivered in partnership with TechSPARK, businesses are matched with a local consultant who can provide bespoke support for each company’s requirements, giving them access to the tailored expertise they need to boost their business.

About

Eligible businesses will be based in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire), be a Small or Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) with fewer than 250 employees, have been trading for at least a year and have aspirations to grow the turnover or staff numbers of the business.

Businesses will be matched to a consultant and supported through up to four days of hands-on support to develop and enhance their web presence. The support is fully funded and bespoke to each company’s requirements, giving them access to the tailored expertise they need to boost their business.

"As a commercial electrical contractor, we’ve always relied on word of mouth, unfortunately, like many other businesses COVID-19 has had a huge impact on us. Being part of this new scheme has really helped us to adapt. We’ve strengthened our online presence and built a more resilient business for the future.”

John Henderson

Director, Nextgen Electrical Contractors Ltd

How it can help

The programme can help you to:

  • Create a new website or improve your existing one with strategies for Search Engine Optimisation
  • Develop a digital marketing strategy including using pay per click and google adwords
  • Increase social media engagement and followers and create clear sales paths
  • Install and/or update eCommerce platforms
  • Build effective marketing campaigns and automate sales strategies
  • Research and adopt new systems including Customer Relationship Management systems, financial and project management

 

"The West of England’s tech and digital community is one of the most innovative, supportive and collaborative in the UK – we’re looking forward to connecting that wealth of expertise to businesses who need support to adapt and thrive in a post-coronavirus economy.”

Abby Frear

Director, TechSPARK

How to Apply

Businesses interested in participating in the scheme should contact the West of England Growth Hub for further information on wearegrowth@westofengland-ca.gov.uk

The West of England Growth Hub plays a key role in delivering this programme, by helping SMEs access tailored business support, find and navigate information, and expand their networks. The Growth Hub is the West of England’s dedicated business support service which offers free, one-to-one advice and guidance for SMEs to help them innovate and adapt, build resilience and grow.