Help to Grow: Digital scheme now open to businesses with fewer than five employees

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The UK government has announced that its Help to Grow: Digital scheme is now available to businesses with fewer than five employees. The incentive cuts the price of 30 approved digital business solutions, with discounts on e-commerce, accounting and CRM software worth up to £5,000.

Previously only firms with more than five employees were eligible for the scheme. But from today businesses with at least one employee are set to benefit – raising the number of eligible firms to 1.24 million.

The government is also introducing support and advice for SMEs on adopting digital technology. Applications for advice platforms to partner with the scheme open from today, with the service expected to go live later this year.

Martin McTaguesaid, chair at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), says the move is extremely welcome: “The government has rightly listened to our call to expand digital support to all small employers. Reducing the threshold to one employee really makes a difference in this space. Together with the addition of e-commerce software and one-to-one advice for SMEs on technology adoption, this will enable more small businesses to fulfil their growth ambitions and in turn spur our economy. 

“Research shows adopting relevant software for three years or more translates into higher sales per employee – the use of CRM boosts this by 18.4 per cent while adopting cloud-based computing means a 13.5 per cent increase. E-commerce software also pushes sales per employee up by 7.5 per cent.”   He adds: “We encourage small businesses to consider how best they can use this scheme, which will have real benefits for the way they conduct business.”