Sage: Upskilling small businesses

In November 2020 Sage announced a North of Tyne’s digital growth programme, to deliver a new £1.4m COVID recovery package – the Small Business Growth Programme – including:

  • A commitment to long-term support targeted at micro and small businesses, and working alongside North of Tyne and its existing digital growth programme with partners such as the Digital Catapult, who are supporting businesses to improve their digital readiness and adopt technology.
  • Up to five 1-hour webinars giving businesses strong financial and digital foundations to help them make their way through the effects of COVID and plan for the year ahead. The webinars will be tailored to suit those thinking of setting up a new business or are already flat out running their business. They are exclusive to North East microbusinesses with around 10 employees or less, and start from January 2021
  • Up to 10,000 extended free trials of Sage Accounting software for webinar participants, free planning templates and links to the wider Sage partner ecosystem as needed.

This announcement builds on the exciting recent commitments included in the North of Tyne’s digital growth programme, which has pledged £10m to enhance the region’s technology ecosystem, boost digital adoption and build data skills amongst local SMEs.

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