GC Business Growth Hub and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are partnering with The Hut Group to launch Greater Manchester’s Digital Drive, a fully funded initiative, developed to help any GM based business get online, or improve their existing digital presence.
GC Business Growth Hub and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are partnering with The Hut Group to launch Greater Manchester’s Digital Drive, a fully funded initiative, developed to help any GM based business get online, or improve their existing digital presence. You can find out more about Greater Manchester's Digital Strategy here.
Businesses wishing to create a website for the first time will be offered the service via Dotable, where they can create a website and have this hosted for free, for up to 12 months, giving these businesses the opportunity to diversify in current climate and test if an online presence works for them.
Businesses already online, looking for more sophisticated capability can get access to business support through the Imagination platform. This service will be made available free, for a period of 6 months.
For both packages The Hut Group will be providing technical support and guidance for businesses that have signed up, after the free period, businesses can choose to continue with a paid subscription, or leave the contract. There is no obligation to remain on the service.
What are the benefits to my business?
The world we live in is fast-paced, recently digital transformation has had to happen at a pace never seen before. As we remain in a period of uncertainty, business diversification is more important than ever.
Launching, or growing your website, can be a daunting step. The Greater Manchester Digital Drive aims to both simplify the process and be made available free of charge in a period where some businesses have no choice but to get online.
You can create and trial an online presence for up to 12 months with zero investment.
You will have the potential to expand your current reach and tap into new markets and consumer groups, both nationally and globally.
You can transform customer experience and improve satisfaction levels whilst gaining more insight from customer data.
Are you interested in the service but not sure if it is right for you? Talk to a Hub advisor to find out more about the offering and the other way that the Hub can support you.
Find out more about the partnership
The Greater Manchester Digital Drive is a partnership between GC Business Growth Hub and The Hut Group, supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
The Digital Drive offer will be added to the existing package of support available through the Hub, who developed a range of resources and guidance for businesses to ensure they feel supported and are prepared in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. You can see more of the Coronavirus business support the Hub offers here.
The Greater Manchester Digital Drive supports the regions ambitions to digitally enable all businesses and empower and enable people and businesses through innovation, integration, infrastructure, industry and inclusion – to ensure that no-one is left behind.