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ICT for Growth


Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis we are making some changes to the grants available through the ICT for Growth Scheme. The aim is to support SMEs to purchase essential hardware, software and security to facilitate remote working.

Information communication technology (ICT) is without doubt, the fasting changing aspect and challenge of the business world. Here at the Humber Business Growth Hub, we know it can be hard to keep up with the latest technology and trends, so we’ve set up a special scheme to allow your business to access the tools and advice to ensure you’re on top of the game.

ICT can be a major catalyst for growth and ensuring your SME has the capacity to uptake such technologies can increase your competitive edge. Our full package of support can help you apply the digital tools and techniques to achieve your growth potential, building confidence and giving you the knowledge of how digital technologies can be employed to solve business problems.

Find out how we can help your business enter the digital world and speak to one of our advisors today.

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One-to-One advice

The scheme can provide ICT specialist advice relating to company growth plans. Our advisors can support you through many aspects such as:

  • Identifying ICT needs and requirements
  • Developing a digital strategy
  • Designing a tailored project solution
  • Developing an action plan of support
  • Identifying IT solutions and refer to relevant support programmes.


The Priority Sectors are as follows:

  • Energy
  • Ports & Logistics
  • Chemicals
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Creative & Digital
  • Healthcare (supplying products and services to the healthcare sector rather than providing actual care)
  • Food & Drink Manufacturing
  • Visitor Economy
  • Construction


ICT grants

Calling all new business start ups… ICT grants available

Start-up businesses across the Humber can now apply for a new ICT grant of £1,000 through the Humber Business Growth Hub’s #GrowMySME Programme. If you’ve been in business for less than 12 months and need funding to help with the cost of connection to superfast broadband, IT equipment or software, the ICT for Growth Business Start-Up Grant could be the perfect solution.

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Digital Catalyst support

The Digital Catalyst programme is designed specifically for businesses with more than 10 employees who can demonstrate that they have the ambition to grow their business.

Digital Catalyst will help participating businesses identify how you can deliver higher levels of performance in their business through the adoption of digital technology such as integrated digital systems or big data analytics.

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Workshops, masterclasses & events

Our fully funded workshops, masterclasses and briefing programmes can help you develop the skills you need to enhance your digital offering and systems. We have specially selected expert speakers and presenters so you can be confident that you’ll come away from the event with valuable skills and knowledge.

ICT for Growth workshops, masterclasses & events

Take your business to new heights with innovative ICT solutionsLearn about the latest developments in technology and drive your business forward.  

We offer an extensive workshop programme to cover key areas of ICT for business growth, all events will be held at venues across the Humber region. Our range of specialist workshops will develop your knowledge in: 

  • Cloud-Based Computing 
  • Implementing integrated digital customer relationship management (CRM) 
  • Human resource systems 
  • E-Commerce systems 
  • Accountancy systems 
  • Connectivity & mobile working 
  • Internet of things 
  • Big data for SMEs / data analytics 
  • Cyber security & resilience to threat 
  • Integrated Systems & processes 
  • New and emerging technologies 
  • Artificial intelligence / machine learning 
  • Virtual / augmented / mixed reality 
  • Smart cities 

We’ve made it simple to access

We’ve already helped a number of businesses on their way to success and want to make it as simple as possible for you to access support too. If you’re interested in attending a bespoke one-to-one session, taking part in one of our workshops or finding out whether you’re eligible for a business grant, just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1.
You’ve found the scheme

Now that you’ve found the scheme that’s right for you, all you need to do is complete the online form to register your interest.

Step 2.
Are you eligible?

95% of SMEs in the Humber region may be eligible to access support. If you’re a business with under 250 full-time equivalent employees you should fit the bill.

Step 3.
Enquire now

Simply complete an Expression of Interest and we’ll check your eligibility for you. One of our advisors will then be in touch to find out how we can help.

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Is your business eligible?

As a minimum, your business must:

  • Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m

If eligible, SMEs will be able to apply for all aspects of the #GrowMySME programme.

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Want to find out more or chat about how we can help?

To find out more about the range of services, events and grants that the programme offers, contact us on our enquire now page or give us a call.

Finance for Growth, ICT for Growth and the Business Growth Scheme are supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme. These schemes are delivered by Humber Business Growth Hub and Hull City Council, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and e-factor Group Ltd.