£1million European Funding available for Northamptonshire businesses for improved Information and Communications Technology


 From Northamptonshire Employment & Enterprise Partnership

"Open from today, (Friday) 27 November, a new call is being launched for projects to support ICT infrastructure development in Northamptonshire.

With a total allocation of up to £1million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) available, Northamptonshire business groups (intermediaries) are invited to bid for funds to support ICT projects countywide. Priority will be given to investments that:

i) Extend broadband deployment and the rollout of high-speed networks and support the adoption of emerging technologies and networks for the digital economy.

ii) Develop ICT products and services, E-commerce and enhance demand for ICT.

Who will benefit?

The support provided by this ESIF Growth Programme ICT funding will help to ensure a modern and thriving ICT infrastructure for Northamptonshire. The funding will specifically enable Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to better understand and use ICT for their businesses, access new markets, develop an ICT skills strategy and drive forward business performance.

Applications will be expected to demonstrate appropriate scale and impact. Projects should be for a maximum three years in duration, and have a total value of not less than £1million with the provision of at least £500,000 match-funding.

Applicants must be lead business groups and/or intermediaries.

Sajeeda Rose, Chief Operating Officer, NEP said: “This call to business groups is tailored to the needs of Northamptonshire SMEs, who in turn will benefit, rising to the challenge of adopting twenty-first century technology for greater innovation, competitiveness  and sustainable growth. The funding is also a step towards the implementation of NEP’s productivity plan and to improving local business performance.” 

Find out more

A workshop for eligible applicants will be held on the morning of Wednesday 16 December 2015 at Northampton Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton, NN4 7HW.
To register, email [email protected]

More information and updates available shortly at www.northamptonshireep.co.uk/esif

The deadline for funding applications will be the end of January 2016.