Grants of up to £1,000 are now available for independent retailers across the Barnsley borough who want to modernise their businesses using digital technology.

What can the grant be used for? 

We can support you to:

  • Install an Electronic Point of Sale System, including a card machine and till
  • Introduce a digital stock control system to manage offline and online orders
  • Buy devices to effectively access and run business software and applications
  • Develop your digital communications channels, such as social media and e-marketing

Our aim is a simple one: Give you the building blocks you need to sell online.

Why is the grant being offered? 

Fast-tracked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the way people shop has changed. Independent retailers will need to balance offline and online sales to be successful.

Work is currently underway to create a Digital Studio in Barnsley’s indoor market. This will be available for use by all independent retailers in the Barnsley borough.

The Digital Studio will be equipped to capture images and share them with their own devices, which can be used on social media, websites, and click-and-collect platforms (e.g. ShopAppy).

This project is one of seven Prioritised Recovery Projects, part of a £2 million economic investment, funded by Barnsley Council and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.  

As part of Barnsley’s Economic Recovery Action Plan, these projects will help the local economy bounce back from COVID-19.

The programme aims to support people, businesses, traders, charities, or community organisations to safeguard existing jobs as well as creating new jobs and businesses.

Who can get a grant? 

Grants are provided on a case-by-case basis and tailored to specific business needs. Terms and conditions will be agreed before a grant is awarded.

To register your interest in the Barnsley Independent Retail Digital Technology Grant, please complete the Expression of Interest Form below.

A member of the Urban Centres team will be in touch with you shortly for a follow-up discussion and to provide you with more information on the options available.

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