It’s open to SMEs which want to develop areas such as cyber security, data analytics and software engineering, and/or increase the digital skills of their staff.
The Scottish Government is introducing the 0% interest rates loans, helping firms to spread the cost of investment over 3 to 5 years. This fund will enable businesses to meet the upfront business costs of investing in digital technology and skills by using government funding to pay for immediate investment, repaying the funding in later years at no extra cost. Loans of £5,000 to £50,000 are available.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown said:
“We are committed to investing £36 million to improve Scotland’s digital productivity and ensure we are ready to embrace the opportunities of a digitally driven economy in the future. The £2 million Digital Development Loan is the first phase of that process and will provide access to finance for small and medium sized businesses who want to improve their digital capabilities and the skillset of their staff.
“The Scottish Government will continue to work with business to ensure companies across Scotland have support they require to invest in their company, their staff and in their digital future.”
Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (LESL), have been awarded the tender to deliver and manage the Digital Development Loan. LESL provides specialist business support for small to medium enterprises to help their businesses grow and succeed.
Liz McCutcheon Operations Manager at LESL said
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to manage the Digital Development Loan on behalf of the Scottish Government. This loan will be a great asset to Scottish Businesses to help them increase their digital skills, invest in digital equipment and ultimately support the deployment of digitally enabled processes to boost the economy in Scotland."
Find out more and apply online here