When it comes to web development projects, costs can easily pile up and it can become very expensive. This is especially true if you want to incorporate all the current digital trends to your web development. Fortunately there are funding opportunities for businesses across the UK who are looking to improve and expand their online presence. There are a variety of grants available in the UK made available for all different types of businesses. Considering how much you could save, it is definitely worth while looking into the support available. Below is a variety of some of the grants available to businesses across the UK.
Skills Development Scotland Flexible Training Opportunities
Our Skillsforce department in Skills Development Scotland focuses on training and skill development for current employees. Grants of up to £1000 per employee are available. The maximum per company is £3000. This could be used for web development training. For those who already have a website and online marketing strategy in place, Flexible Training Opportunities could help your employees build confidence in managing the website and using digital tools to market your business online.
Transform Foundation are offering a grant of up to £18,000 to cover strategy, design, build and launch of a mobile optimised website. Included in the package is training in all these areas as well as social media, e-commerce and website management tools. This funding is aimed at organisations with charitable objectives such as raising funds or recruiting volunteers. Commitment to maintaining web development is also an entry requirement. In other words applicants must be fully invested in making digital part of their every day.
This organisation can contribute 40% of the overall cost of the digital development of your business. Carpe Diem will cover anything up to £6000. Digital services included are:
- Website Design & Development, including e-Commerce
- Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
- Marketing, Design and Branding
- App Development
- Business Growth and Digital Transformation Consultancy
Any type of business that falls under the small to medium category can apply (SME’s). There are limited grants and businesses will be approved on a first come first serve basis.
This is a free to enter competition for the prize of £5000 to go towards web development and digital marketing. Entry requirements are as follows: Applicants must be a small business, at least one year old and have a turnover between £50,000 and £500,000. To enter you complete a short form telling the judges about your business. Smallbusiness.co.uk hold this competition every month.
Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme
Prince’s Trust have an opportunity for 18-30 year olds who have an idea for a business venture. Prince’s Trust will provide support for training, mentoring, funding and resources. Part of the Enterprise Programme focuses on how to market your business. As well as market research, brand identity and understanding your target audience the marketing section of this programme covers online development. This will include website development and SEO. There is funding available in the form of loans and grants. You can receive a grant of up to £1000.
If you are looking for professional web development for your business, contact our team today. We offer multiple online services including digital marketing, website development, content writing and many other additional services. Any of the grants listed above could cover or at least contribute towards your web development and/or training your employees to manage your website and online strategy after they have been established.
Digital Transformation Funding For Scottish SMEs
Big Red has shared with us the news that the Scottish Government has recently approved a £2million ‘Digital Transformation’ fund in order to aid small businesses. It should be noted that this opportunity is a loan, not a grant. The good news is that it is interest-free for 5 years! Plenty of time to give your business a boost. The aim of the funding will be to help businesses stimulate their growth and improve their business practices. If you would like to find out if you are an eligible candidate for the fund then you can contact Big Red to arrange a consultation.