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Help for Small Businesses to Improve ICT

09th September 2003
Small Businesses in Norfolk now have another oppourtunity to benefit from the highly successful Business Byte programme, with the launch of 'Business Byte 3'. Business Byte 3 aims to help small businesses improve their use of Infomation Communication Technology (ICT) to enable them to grow and compete more effectively. Support comes in the form of free specialist business and ICT related consultancy (worth in the region of 1500), and thena possible grant of up to 500 towards any computer expenditure which has been identified as neccessary for the business to develop. The scheme can proveide advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, including: - Purchasing and/or upgrading equipment - Choosing and applying the correct software solution to your business - Business process development for financial recording and analysis, marketing, order-tracking, stcok control etc. - Creating own sales and marketing documentation including photographs for brochures, price lists, mail-shots etc., to be printed in-house or to go to outside printers - Internet connection - choice of providers; analogue, ISDN or Broadband lines and related costs - Website development and implementation - Electronic banking - Training on computer and business processes - Network planning - Ongoing ICT strategy and much, much more! Would independent, professional help and advice on updating your current ICT, or integrating business sytems and processes help your business to grow? If you think so and would like to apply or would like further informtiaon, please contact Theresa Bailey, Project Co-ordnator on 01603 664461. Business Byte is managed by Norfolk County Council and funded by the European Social Fund, The East of Engalnd Development Agency, Norfolk County Council and local authorities. To qualify for support, your business must be based in Norfolk, been trading for a year or more and it should employ between one and 25 employees. you will also need to be VAT registered and 'ideally' have a turnover of 75,000 or above. The business should have little existing ICT infrastructure or experience.

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