Superfast Business Cheshire

Connecting Cheshire Superfast Businesss LogoConnecting Cheshire Superfast Business was delivered between September 2013 and June 2015. The service provided a fully funded business support package to eligible SMEs, facilitated through a programme of locally held events explaining digital technology and exploring applications which can impact upon a business.

Eligible businesses were then allocated a dedicated business adviser who provided knowledge, support and access to skills at a strategic and practical level. Specialists with in-depth knowledge were also available to provide the additional expertise required to drive an organisation’s plan forward.

Adviser and specialist support was delivered via 1:1 session, in a group environment or online

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Area covered

Cheshire & Warrington (excluding Halton).

Who we helped

  • Small to Medium Sized Enterprise of up to 250 employees, not more than 25% owned by a non-SME
  • Head Office and trading address registered in Cheshire or Warrington area
  • Excluding the following sectors: Retail, Shipbuilding, Recruitment, Manufacture of Synthetic Fibres, Services provided by the state e.g. Healthcare and Education, Insurance & Financial services and Agriculture & Fisheries
  • Must have growth potential and receptive to finding out how technology can help grow the business
  • Must not have exceeded the De Minimis Aid maximum threshold of £200,000 (approx. £158,000) of aid over any continuous period of 3 fiscal years

Aims and outcomes

  • 900 businesses advised between Sept 2013 and June 2015 involving:
  • Sharing information and knowledge, i.e. topic driven introduction events, Knowledge Hub and Software Directory
  • Business diagnostic, i.e. gap analysis, understanding needs and discovery session via online, 1:1 or workshop session
  • Specialist intervention, i.e. workshop or 1:1
  • Further business support, i.e. brokerage and referrals

Service Delivered by

Groundworks Cheshire logoPeninsula Enterprise in association with Groundwork Cheshire. It was a £1.5m project funded by the Connecting Cheshire Partnership and £31m Council led project (Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester, Warrington Borough Council and Halton Borough Council)

Funded by

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