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Eligibility criteria for ‘Help to Grow: Digital’ expanded to include micro businesses

Last month the UK Government confirmed that the eligibility criteria for their ‘Help to Grow : Digital’ scheme has been expanded to include micro businesses, as well as extending the scope to include e-commerce software to support businesses looking to sell online. 

The scheme, originally announced in the Spring Budget 2021, seeks to boost business productivity and growth via financial support on the cost of an item of approved software.  Eligible businesses can receive up to 50% or £5,000 discount on 12 months; worth of approved software product core costs (excluding VAT).

Businesses can choose one product from a list of approved suppliers, being either a

  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system
  • e-Commerce platform
  • Digital accounting software.

Eligibility criteria

Businesses can be from any sector, but must satisfy all four criteria to be eligible to receive the discount:

  1. Businesses must be registered in the UK and be registered with either Companies House or be a registered society on the Financial Conduct Authority’s Mutuals register
  2. Have been actively trading for over 12 months prior to the date of the application
  3. Have a minimum of 1 employee (who is not an owner of the business) to a maximum of 249.
  4. The software must be brand new to the business, i.e. it hasn’t been purchased by them previously.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found on the Help to Grow: Digital website.

Written 12 August 2022.