Digital training boost for Argyll and Bute businesses

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Businesses in Argyll and Bute will benefit from digital skills training and one-to-one expert help thanks to £48,000 in Scottish Government funding.

Business Gateway Argyll and Bute will deliver 19 DigitalBoost workshops and up to 20 one-to-one expert sessions with the funding, which is part of a Scotland-wide fund to continue the successful training until at least 2020.

DigitalBoost provides local workshops, support from a digital expert, online tutorials and practical guides on topics including social media, cyber resilience, data analytics, digital marketing strategy and e-commerce.

Another key component of the DigitalBoost service is a five-minute online health check businesses can take to assess their digital strengths and weaknesses.

Council leader and policy lead for economic development, Councillor Aileen Morton, said: ‘This funding is good news for businesses in Argyll and Bute. Helping to grow new and existing businesses and equip them with vital business skills is a key part of our drive to attract more people, businesses and visitors to our area.

‘We want businesses and people to thrive in Argyll and Bute, and being able to continue to offer this kind of training is a real boost.’

Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, announced the Scotland-wide funding extension.

She said: ‘Technology is forecast to be the fastest growing sector in Scotland by 2024, but success is dependent on skills. We are committed to ensuring our workforce and businesses are able to embrace the many opportunities that the digital world offers.

‘I am delighted to launch this next phase of DigitalBoost which will help even more small- and medium-sized enterprises in Scotland achieve their digital aspirations. The programme has already supported thousands of businesses and individuals to develop their digital capabilities including expanding into new markets. I look forward to seeing this continue into DigitalBoost’s fourth year.’

For more information on DigitalBoost and to get support for your business visit