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New venture aims to give small businesses and charities a digital boost

The Hub News Team | 11.6.20

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A new free-of-charge online platform that brings together leaders of small businesses and charities with a community of digital expert volunteers has been launched across the UK.

Companies across the Marches which want help to improve their digital skills are now being urged to take advantage of Digitalboost.org.uk, which pledges to help small businesses and charities survive the Covid-19 crisis, but also contribute to their long-term competitiveness in today's digital world.

Digital Boost offers a range of ways to help equip small businesses and charities with essential digital skills:

• Boost Calls - one-to-one mentoring sessions with digital volunteers from top technology, agency, consulting and finance firms

• Boost Workshops - interactive, group masterclasses, run by digital experts on all digitalisation topics,

• Boost Skills - useful online content on digitalisation

Digital Boost has successfully recruited digital expert volunteers from top organisations such as BCG Digital Ventures, Google, Oxford University, McCann and Global Tech Advocates, all ready to mentor small businesses and charities and has been backed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Digital and Culture at DCMS said: "It is vital small businesses and charities are able to seize the benefits of modern technology. The new Digital Boost platform will help these organisations develop the skills they need. We look forward to helping build a community of digital experts, who are able to offer guidance and support to these organisations free of charge at this challenging time."

Sherry Coutu CBE, Chair of Digital Boost owner Founders4Schools, said: "In the past, many leaders of small businesses and charities have struggled with building up a significant online presence. Covid-19 has exposed this lag in digitalisation in dramatic ways. We want to help those who work in and lead small businesses and charities to survive the Covid-19 crisis and be more competitive in the long-run in today's increasingly digital and online world."

Digital Boost is accepting volunteer applications and requests from small businesses and charitable organisations at www.digitalboost.org.uk and inviting other like-minded organisations from the digital community to get in touch at contact@digitalboost.org.uk.

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