Passport funding secured for business to improve digital knowledge

The University of Wolverhampton has secured £1/2 million funding to help small to medium businesses (SMEs) improve their digital knowledge.

The Digital Passport programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will be delivered in the Black Country across the metropolitan boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and the City of Wolverhampton.

The partnership, which includes the University, the City of Wolverhampton and the Black Country Consortium, will work with a range of local partners including the Black Country Growth Hub and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.

Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “This exciting programme will see partners working with 180 SMEs to raise awareness of the benefits of superfast broadband to stimulate economic growth.

“The project is an integral part of the Black Country Broadband Demand Stimulation Plan which is designed to increase the number of businesses taking up and using superfast broadband, helping them to become more digitally proficient and encouraging product and process innovation.”

The project will be delivered over the next two years and will offer SMEs one-to-one and group support activities; awareness workshops covering topics such as web design, online marketing, social media, cyber security and networking and a voucher scheme for connection or specialist support.

The ERDF has contributed £529,451 for the programme with contributions from partners taking the total amount of the project to £1,058,902. (need to check this…Mark/Paul?)

SMEs who would like more information should contact Business Solutions on 01902 321272 or email: info@businesssolutionscentres.co.uk.

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