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Funding for IT upgrades

Grants for websites, ecommerce and IT projects

Funding is available to help businesses upgrade their IT connectivity. The Government has launched a ‘Gigabit Voucher Scheme’, with up to £3,000 for firms in West Yorkshire Combined Authority area (which includes York).  The scheme is being delivered locally by Chamber member Exa Networks – more information, including terms and conditions and how to apply, available here. (NOTE: Those who

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Written on December 15, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Finance, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Members news, News, York

Cyber-Crime: Protect Your Business

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Cyber-crime is now rife. It cost the UK economy £10 billion last year.  Are you doing everything you can to protect your business from the risks? Check out these (external) survey figures: 25% of the public feel they have a only limited understanding of online risks 68% of the public have been targeted in some way 53% received fraudulent emails

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Written on May 2, 2017Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News, York

Technology funding available

A new scheme is offering up to £10,000 of funding to SMEs using digital technology to support business growth. The ‘Digital Enterprise’ scheme works by the company applying for digital growth vouchers which need match-funding from the business in equal value. The vouchers can be used to buy IT and telecoms hardware, software or upgrades to current digital connectivity.  Businesses

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Written on December 5, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, Business support, Finance, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News, York

Techno-Congress at University

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Representatives from universities will converge on the University of Bradford for the first World Technology Universities Congress. The event takes place at the University’s Emm Lane and Richmond Road campuses on 8-9 September 2016 with an extensive programme. It aims to create a global partnership between education, business, governments and development organisations. The Congress will consider the creation of a World Technology

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Written on August 31, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, Members news, News, York

Bacs upgrade to improve security

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In response to security risks, more advanced levels of internet security are being introduced that might have implications if you are using Bacs payments. From 13 June 2016, Bacs will withdraw support for older connection protocols and only support TLS 1.1 and 1.2. Firms using Bacs will need to have a web browser, operating system, and Bacs Approved Software Solution

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Written on May 24, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Finance, IT & Telecoms, News

UK online centres – funding to support businesses

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Better digital skills can save time and increase customers. Recognising this, Google has developed a package of online learning to help businesses improve their digital capability – the Google Digital Garage. So far the Google Digital Garage has helped thousands of businesses to do more with digital. But Tinder Foundation and Google are partnering to ensure the resources can reach

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Written on April 5, 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Finance, IT & Telecoms, News, Skills

New Mobile/Broadband Checker

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Businesses can check the quality and coverage of mobile and broadband services by postcode, using a new interactive tool from Ofcom. The Mobile and Broadband Checker uses coverage, availability and speeds data, collected directly by Ofcom from major communications providers. This has not been readily accessible to consumers and businesses before. Visit Ofcom’s website here for further information. Share this

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Written on April 4, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News, News story 3, York

Leeds Executive Lunch: Data City PPT

On 12 February, Bloom’s Alex Craven gave a presentation to the Leeds Chamber Executive Lunch on ‘Data City’ – the use of technology, the diversity of the digital sector, and the challenges and opportunities of identifying and incorporating this ever-advancing sector in the wider economy. This enlightening talk was accompanied by a PowerPoint featuring statistics (or should that be data?!)

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Written on February 17, 2016Mike Cartwright. Published in Bradford, IT & Telecoms, Leeds, News, York

Invitation for suppliers to attend Census market engagement events

On 15 January 2016, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) opened registration for its forthcoming market engagement exercise on delivery of a nationwide census in 2021, and is inviting supplier organisations that may be interested in getting involved with the delivery of the census to sign-up to take part in the exercise and attend one of three Supplier Briefings being

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Written on January 21, 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in IT & Telecoms, Media, News

BCC: UK digital strategy must match growth ambitions

Leading business group publishes letter signed by leaders of 52 Chambers of Commerce — every accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK — demanding improved digital and mobile connectivity for UK business On the closing day of the government’s consultation on the UK’s future digital strategy (19 January), the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) calls for the government to match

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Written on January 19, 2016Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in BCC, IT & Telecoms, Lobbying, News

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