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22 Oct

Derbyshire County Council Maximises Apprenticeship Opportunities Across Region

Small or medium sized businesses based in Derbyshire could be getting help with funding to train apprentices from Derbyshire County Council.

15 Oct

One Hundred Toolboxes Delivered to Littleover Community School

Exciting, innovative, inclusive and dynamic, Tidyco has been supplying the rail rolling stock OEM and overhaul markets with hydraulic and pneumatic solutions for over forty years.

15 Oct

Key stakeholders and members of the public throw their support behind plans for the regeneration of Becketwell

Local residents, business owners and key stakeholders from across the city have thrown their support behind plans for the regeneration of the Becketwell area of Derby

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 and one-to-one support.

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.

 A team of Digital Advisers support 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.


GigaBit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.
More details here

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

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


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.



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.

This link tells you about their work

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
  • Get safe online
  • 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).
  • 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.