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SMEs urged to sign up to new mentoring programme

BT, in partnership with Digital Boost, has launched a new mentoring programme to support struggling small businesses in the north during the pandemic

TELECOMS group BT has launched a new mentoring programme to support struggling small businesses in Northern Ireland during the pandemic.

Partnering with Digital Boost, a non-profit platform which unites digital experts and small business leaders, BT will deliver free one-to-one coaching sessions to at least 1,000 SMEs across the UK as part of the Small Business Support Scheme it launched last summer.

It is now encouraging small firms across Northern Ireland to register their interest by visiting: https://www.digitalboost.org.uk.

The initiative has been successfully trialled with a number of small businesses prior to launch, with BT enlisting the expertise of its colleagues across the business, including senior executives, to upskill SMEs on a range of topics including cyber security, marketing, social media and strategy.

Digital Boost will connect individuals from small businesses with relevant BT experts via its free online platform, where small businesses are able to register their interest in booking a free virtual mentoring session.

Paul Murnaghan, regional director for BT's enterprise division in Northern Ireland, said: “Helping small businesses to acquire new skills and boost their confidence during these exceptionally challenging times is a central part of our Small Business Support Scheme.

“We've already equipped a further 20,000 small businesses with digital skills since the launch of the scheme and now we're going even further by introducing this free mentoring programme.

“Our ambition is to scale this initiative very quickly, and I would encourage any SME in Northern Ireland who feels it would benefit from this direct support to book a spot as soon as possible via the website.”

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