Superfast Business Cornwall which aims to boost business competiveness through an increased understanding and exploitation of digital technology has announced funding for digital projects that develop new products/services and create jobs.
The service which uses a tailored programme of high quality information, advice and digital development, is currently advertising for applicants for projects of over £20,000 enabled by superfast broadband.
Intensive support and investment is available for new digital projects that enable or accelerate the development of a new product or service, give access to new markets, and create jobs. Grants can fund revenue elements of the project but not capital items or websites. Eligible businesses can apply for funding of up to £25,000.
Applications can be progressed very quickly and support to complete applications and implement projects is available from specialist Digital Business Enablers. Applications for this round of funding must by received by 1 June 2017. Smaller projects between £4,000 and £20,000 (funding of £2,000- £10,000) will be considered at any time. If funds remain there will be a second round of large project funding later in the year.
Businesses will need to be able to match fund 50% of the project and provide clear evidence of how the investment will lead to business growth and new jobs based in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly. The funding is available through the European Regional development fund therefore both the business and the project will have to meet eligibility criteria.
Examples of potential projects include:
- new software development,
- remote monitoring,
- remote working,
- collaboration technologies,
- large data transfer,
- live high quality video streaming,
- moving resources to the Cloud,
- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and
- App development.
Businesses are encouraged to contact Superfast Business Cornwall to discuss potential projects as soon as possible on 0345 600 3936.
The Superfast Business Cornwall programme runs until March 2019 and is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, so there is no charge for eligible businesses, start-ups and social enterprises to participate.
Further information on how to exploit digital technologies and eligibility critieria for receiving support from the project can be found by visiting: www.sfbcornwall.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 6003936.