B.G. (Before Google), you had to use a bit of elbow grease to check stuff.
I grew up in 70s Britain.
One night (probably during a black-out) I remember Dad reading the magical Ripley’s Believe it or Not! book to me.
The next morning I got up and ran a mile to the library to do a spot of fact-checking.
It turned out there WAS a gnarly old bloke in India who never cut his fingernails…AND a leaning tower in Pisa.
Nowadays, nothing is more than a search engine query away.
So you’ll allow me a certain degree of scepticism when a quick Google resulted in zilch information about a rumoured new 75-per-cent-back grant for Scottish startups spending up to £5k on “digital”.
So I rang Business Gateway. And lo and behold there is a grant.
Piecing together the information I gleaned from this call and a later email, I’ve got to the bottom of it.
Unfortunately there is still no information online. Otherwise, I would provide you with a link.
I do digital marketing, and PR. So the more people who know about this grant the more likely they are to buy my services.
But I also like providing valuable content to customers and potential customers. So I hope you find this information of interest.
Eligible companies can use this cash to: “access ecommerce, ICT and digital consultancy and or support implementation activities…The voucher can be used for consultancy advice and implementation support which may include training of staff, or software development or customisation – other costs will be considered on a case by case basis.”
“The voucher CAN NOT be used for the following:
The blurb continues: “To redeem the voucher you are required to submit information on (sic) the project is completed. Payment is then made in ONE instalment into the business bank account.”
And I would urge all small businesses in Scotland to pick up the telephone to Business Gateway and take it from there. I have.
I’m sure that as always there’ll be a few hoops to jump through, and many firms will not fit the bill.
BUT, had I read this in Ripley’s Believe It or Not 30 years ago, I would not have believed it.
Joking aside, I doff my cap to whoever it is coming up with these excellent small-business-enabling ideas at the moment. As a Glasgow PR company, which began life 10 months ago, I know just how important fast broadband speeds and a slick online presence are to generating sales in 2015.
Bravo, public sector digital grant guys!
And finally, if you’re a Scottish startup, check out the excellent social media courses available free through Business Gateway. The (mainly-external) trainers are cracking and events take place right across Scotland.
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