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Develop Your Business Online

Total website sales in the UK are worth £164 billion. The UK has more online shoppers than any other major country in the world. Yet, close to half of all the small businesses in the UK don’t use the internet for their business. That’s about two million businesses – sole traders, or firms with just a few employees – that could be benefitting from having their business online and grab a slice of that £164 billion.

D2N2 Digital Growth Programme

Digital Growth Programme

The D2N2 Digital Growth Programme (formerly known as e-Business Club) is an ERDF funded project to deliver a programme of bespoke business support for firms across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire wishing to make more use of digital technologies.

The programme includes seminars, action planning workshops, one-to-one support and grant funding to help businesses invest in ICT and transform business processes.

In order to participate in this programme your organisation must have registered and have been verified as eligible to receive support through the Digital Growth Programme.

Bretton Jones and Richard Bruford are the Digital Advisers for businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.


Do More Online

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The Do More Online campaign aims to help small business get some digital skills to find more customers, be more efficient, and save money.


Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

A subsidised broadband installation available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mb per second. You can check what broadband services are already available to you using the GoSuperfast checker and what your current broadband speed is, using the ADSL availability checker.

If, after making these checks, you believe your speed is less than 2 Mb per second and you have no other options available enter your postcode to find out how to apply for help.

Taking out a broadband service under this Scheme will not prevent your premises from being considered for superfast broadband in the future.


The services below provide information on optimising the business benefits of adopting technology and ICT.

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Digital Derbyshire Programme

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Digital Derbyshire are working in partnership with BT to lay hundreds of miles of fibre optic cable, bringing better, faster broadband to parts of Derbyshire − particularly in rural areas.

Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire

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Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire is a multi-million pound partnership between the County Council and a range of funding partners including BT, Central Government, D2N2 Local Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund, which is set to transform broadband speeds across Nottinghamshire.


Go ON UK

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The UK's digital skills charity, founded in 2012 by Chair, Martha Lane Fox, actively seeks out and work with partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to identify opportunities and develop programmes that improve Basic Digital Skills among people and organisations across the UK.

They offer a summary of resources that may help small businesses on this web page. https://local.go-on.co.uk/topics/helping-small-businesses-and-organisations/


Cyber Security

The government has launched various initiatives to help businesses and individuals take basic steps towards reducing the risk of cyber crime :

  • 10 steps to cyber security https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/10-steps-cyber-security
  • Get safe online https://www.getsafeonline.org/
  • A summary of Cloud Security Principles
  • Be Cyber Streetwise a cross-government campaign, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme, and delivered in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors. The campaign is led by the Home Office, working closely with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Cabinet Office. It aims to measurably and significantly improve the online safety behaviour and confidence of consumers and small businesses (SMEs).
  • CERT-UK is the UK National Computer Emergency Response Team, formed in March 2014 in response to the National Cyber Security Strategy
  • The Cyber Essentials scheme identifies some fundamental technical security controls that an organisation needs to have in place to help defend against Internet-borne threats. All suppliers must be compliant with the new Cyber Essentials controls if bidding for government contracts which involve handling of sensitive and personal information and provision of certain technical products and services.

Employing the basics, as set out in the above, will massively reduce your vulnerability to cyber attack, so please do seriously consider them.

Financial Fraud Action UK’s (FFA UK) intelligence bureau provides a range of information and advice on online fraud.