Introduction to the scheme

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Small and medium-sized businesses like yours are the backbone of our economy, creating jobs and prosperity across the UK.

As part of our Plan for Jobs, we’ve launched Help to Grow: Digital, to help businesses use the latest digital technology to cut costs, save time, reach new customers and be more competitive.

Whether you want to build customer relationships to increase sales, manage your accounts and finances digitally, digital software can help you do that.

And we know that businesses who adopt digital technologies can be up to 18% more productive.

However, we also know that over half of businesses who try to adopt new digital technologies are unsuccessful.

Understanding the practical benefits of adopting digital software, and how to choose the right products and use them in a business, are some of the main barriers to successful digital technology investment. 1 in 3 small and medium-sized businesses also say costs are a significant barrier.

This is why we’re introducing Help to Grow: Digital – because we want to give you the advice and funding you need to embrace the benefits of digital technology, and help your business grow.

Regardless of what your business does, from a construction company to a photo studio, the new Help to Grow Digital learning platform will provide free, impartial information and advice to help you adopt the right technology for your business and employees.

This platform brings together, for the first time, guidance on how to choose and use digital software to grow your business – designed with input from industry leaders and independent experts. On the platform:

  • After answering a quick, few questions, you will be directed to tailored information for your business.
  • You’ll then be able to access guides on how to identify the best digital software to achieve your business goals.
  • And you can hear from other businesses who have successfully transformed their operations using the same digital software. And because we know that costs are a significant barrier to businesses investing in digital software, discounts worth up to £5,000 to help you buy the right productivity software for your business are now available.

Discounts will cover up to 50% of the software cost, and are available to help you purchase customer relationship management software and accountancy software. So explore the advice and guidance on the Help to Grow: Digital learning platform today. And apply for the software discount to purchase what you need.

What is Help to Grow: Digital?

Help to Grow: Digital is a UK-wide government-backed scheme that aims to help you choose, buy and adopt digital technologies that will help you grow your business. 

The Help to Grow: Digital scheme offers your business: 

  • Free, impartial advice and guidance about what digital technology is best suited to your business and how it can boost your business’ performance 

  • Targeted financial support, if your business is eligible, worth up to £5,000 towards the costs of buying approved digital technologies

What support can I access through Help to Grow: Digital?

The Help to Grow: Digital website provides you with free, impartial advice, guidance, and tools, to explore the huge potential digital technology has to help your business to grow. Designed with industry and independent experts, we will keep adding to the advice and guidance available here.

Take the first step and get help to: 

  • identify the digital technology needs of your business 
  • make informed decisions about which software products best meet those needs 
  • successfully incorporate these products into your business 

Help to Grow: Digital also offers you financial help to buy digital technology. If you are eligible, you can access a discount of up to 50% on the costs of buying approved software, worth up to £5,000, on the Help to Grow: Digital website. 

Discounts will be available for approved software that helps your business to: 

  • build customer relationships and increase sales 
  • manage accounts and finances digitally 

Additional software products, including e-Commerce software, are expected to become available for Help to Grow: Digital discounts soon.

Note: You can only apply for one discount per eligible business.

The Help to Grow: Digital discount cannot be split across more than one software.

Business eligibility

All businesses can access the free, impartial advice and guidance on digital technology adoption on the Help to Grow: Digital website.

The financial discount towards purchasing approved digital technologies from technology suppliers listed on the Help to Grow: Digital online platform is available to UK businesses that meet all four eligibility criteria below:   

  • Your business must have a registered office in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) and be registered at the relevant Companies House or be a registered society listed on the Financial Conduct Authority’s Mutuals Register.
  • Your business must have been actively trading for over 12 months prior to the date of application and have an incorporation date of, at minimum, 365 days prior to the date of application. 
  • Your business must have a total of between 5 and 249 employees. 
  • Your business must be purchasing the approved software for the first time.

Eligible businesses will only receive one discount towards the purchase of one approved software product up to a maximum of £5,000 (not including VAT).

The financial discount covers 12 months’ worth of approved software product core costs, exclusive of VAT.

For further information please visit guidance

How can Help to Grow: Digital help my business?

The right digital technology can take your business to the next level and boost your performance. 

Digital technology can help you: 

  • organise your business activities more efficiently including automatically generating invoices and helping to track spend 
  • improve your ability to reach new customers though data collection that helps you understand their wants and needs 
  • make your work smarter and more flexible by using automation to reduce the time spent on admin, and storing information in one central, accessible location 

Many businesses feel cost and knowledge are barriers to adopting new digital technologies:

  • knowledge and training - from knowing which software is best suited to the business, to finding the expertise to , install and support it
  • funding - investing in new technology can be a huge financial commitment for small businesses, and often one they would like help with 

This is where Help to Grow: Digital comes in. Through its expert guidance and targeted financial support, we can help you overcome these challenges and harness the power of digital technology, so you’ll be spending less time on those draining admin tasks, and more time increasing sales. 

Help to Grow: Digital can help open doors to new opportunities and give you the time and space you need to grow your business. 

How can I find out more about Help to Grow: Digital?

For general enquiries or any feedback you would like to provide, please email us at sme.helptogrow@beis.gov.uk

You will need to provide:  

  • details regarding the enquiry, feedback and any specific information that is relevant.
  • contact name and contact details.
  • if this is a reply to an original response, please also include the customer or application reference number (if applicable).

How can I apply to provide digital technologies under Help to Grow: Digital?

If you are a software supplier and want to provide digital technologies under the Help to Grow: Digital scheme in the future, please contact us.   Applications for wave 1 of the scheme are now closed and further information on future waves of the scheme will be published in due course.

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