Technology Resilience vouchers

The Technology Resilience voucher scheme will help small companies take advantage of digital technologies.

Businesses in Kent can apply for a voucher of up to £1,000 to implement a digital, or technology-based, project to help improve business resilience and support economic recovery. We have enough funding to support around 300 businesses in Kent.

The funding is provided by the European Regional Development Fund C-CARE (Covid Channel Area Response Exchange) project.

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Businesses will be able to redeem a voucher for services in the following areas:

  • web-based activities
  • remote working technologies
  • software solutions and apps
  • digital marketing and promotional activities
  • skills and capacity building
  • equipment and small investments to facilitate digital activity.

Web-based activities

Example projects may include:

  • enhancements to existing websites
  • new landing pages that facilitate online sales or bookings
  • integrating e-commerce and supply chain platforms.

Remote working technologies

Example projects may include:

  • pivoting to cloud storage to help with remote team management and operational efficiency
  • subscriptions to online collaboration tools
  • purchasing content management systems (CMS), or customer relationship management (CRM) systems.

Software solutions and apps

Example projects may include:

  • development of apps or software solutions to better connect with customers
  • cyber security and data protection solutions (excluding projects to meet statutory obligations linked to the General Data Protection Regulation).

Digital marketing and promotional activities

Example projects may include:

  • domestic or international e-commerce activities
  • expanding customer reach through digital marketing, video marketing, social media or search engine optimisation (SEO) activity
  • providing assurance of ‘Covid-secure’ operations through digital marketing
  • virtual product or business showcasing such as virtual tours, 3D models, virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR).

Skills and capacity building

Example projects may include:

  • staff training or digital upskilling toward hybrid working, digital marketing, programming, cyber security or other digital disciplines
  • purchasing virtual meeting tools and training for improving efficiency and connecting to customers.

Equipment and small investments to facilitate digital activity

Example projects may include:

  • investments or equipment to facilitate a new digital process,
  • investments or equipment to improve digital resilience (including spatial computing)
  • digital infrastructure solutions, such as those for for click and collect, invoicing, infrastructure systems,  remote working solutions (including voice over IP).

To apply for funding your organisation must:

  • meet the EU definition of an Small or Medium Enterprise (SME)
  • be based within the Kent County Council geographic area (this excludes Medway)
  • employ fewer than 250 employees
  • have a turnover of less than £44 million
  • not have received more than £180,000 of public sector funding and support over the last 3 years.

We would consider applications from businesses in different sectors, including:

  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • food and drink
  • manufacturing.

Speak to a digital advisor

Before you apply, we recommend you speak to one of our digital advisors first. They will discuss your needs and advise you on which vouchers will provide maximum impact for your business; they will also help you with your application.

If you wish, the advisor can provide a digital audit or assessment of your business, as well as a short report and digital action plan.

Book an appointment with our advisors by emailing international.affairs@kent.gov.uk.

Apply online

Once you are ready to apply, you can complete our easy online application form.

Apply for vouchers

Applications will be open until July 2022, or until funding is depleted.

Activate your voucher

If your application is successful, you will be able to select a supplier from our approved list of digital and technology service providers (PDF, 180.7 KB).

You can then contact you chosen supplier who will assist you going forward.