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Scottish Government pledges £11.8m for digital technology to help with economic recovery



More funding is being made available to help businesses take advantage of digital technologies to improve their productivity, increase resilience and create new market opportunities.

The Scottish Government has pledged an additional £11.8m to help businesses adopt digital technologies and improve their digital capabilities.

Building on existing digital support programmes, £10m in funding will be provided for financial incentives and expert advice to support businesses investing in digital.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise will be given £800,000 to extend its Digital Enablement Grant scheme to reach more businesses in the region, while the Data Lab will also receive £1m to help businesses to invest in more advanced technologies such as data analytics and artificial intelligence.

Finance secretary Kate Forbes MSP said: “The firms that have coped best during the pandemic are invariably those that have been able to adapt with the help of digital tools.

“However, despite the digital transition made by many businesses, there is still far more that can be done to help businesses embrace the opportunities that digital offers.

“This funding will provide an immediate boost and will support businesses to adopt productivity enhancing digital technologies – it will also help to improve their digital capability and the skills of their workforce so they can keep pace with future technological progress.”



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