Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Family firms offered digital support by Business West

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Family businesses in the South West are being offered a government-funded programme of free advice and support to improve and streamline their business processes, delivered by Business West.

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

But interested business will need to be quick – the deadline for applications next Thursday, April 28.

Business West's enterprise manager, Jane Purdy, said: "On the whole family businesses seem to have fared relatively well during the pandemic, with businesses and consumers increasingly turning to local, community-minded companies over lockdown.

“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.”

For more information, visit www.businesswest.co.uk/digital-support-family-run-businesses