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Jamie Hardesty

BE Group to deliver £4m digital growth programme in Durham

Economic development organisation Business Durham has appointed BE Group, the business services company, to deliver a £4m digital growth programme for small firms operating in the county.

The first of its kind in the county, Digital Drive County Durham has been set up to help companies improve their productivity and make better use of digital technology through funding and practical support.

Eligible companies will receive help, over a three-year period, via digital health checks, practical workshops, one-to-one assistance and funding towards equipment, consultancy or broadband projects.

Sarah Slaven, business development director of Business Durham, said: “A great deal is being invested in the infrastructure at the moment, providing super-speed fibre broadband to businesses and residents across the county. Companies need to exploit this connectivity to its full potential and that’s where Digital Drive County Durham comes in.

“With its vast experience and reputation, BE Group will work with businesses throughout County Durham to help them make the most of digital technology in order to succeed and grow. It’s a fantastic opportunity which has not been available in the county before.”

Nicki Clark, chief executive of Seaham-based BE Group, added: “We’re really excited about this project. It has huge potential to make a tremendous and long-term difference to businesses in the area.

“Durham is working hard to put the infrastructure in place so businesses have great connectivity but that’s only part of the solution. It’s proven that businesses that use digital technology are more efficient and more resilient which can only be a good thing.”

Digital Drive County Durham is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Business Durham, which works on behalf of Durham County Council, and private investment, and forms part of the wider Digital Durham initiative to transform broadband speeds for residents and business across the North East.

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