Free digital support for family-run businesses 

By Barrie Hudson - 21 April 2021


Family businesses in the South West are eligible to apply for free advice and support to improve and streamline their processes.  

Delivered by Business West, Evolve Digital is a fully-funded national programme, designed by Lancaster University Management School, which offers family businesses the opportunity to identify hotspots in their processes which could be improved by digital technology, in a supportive environment and at zero cost. 

Business West is urging interested firms to be quick, as the deadline for applications is 28 April. 

The programme is part of a wider Government effort to boost the productivity of family firms, and includes issues such as online sales, electronic invoicing and working remotely,

Jane Purdy, Enterprise Manager at Business West, said: “The programme will run over three months, and by taking part companies will help to inform Government strategy to shape support for family businesses during these challenging times. 

“During the course of the project, companies will learn to prioritise areas where digital technology can transform their business and be given the tools to create a strategy to future-proof their business for future generations. 

“Successful applicants will be randomly allocated into two groups, one of which will receive facilitated learning with other family businesses, to look at the process in their business and to identify if technology could be introduced and save time. 

"The other group will receive access to the same content to go through at their own pace but will not interact with any other businesses. It really is an exciting opportunity for family run businesses and all at no cost to them!” 

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