There are often various funding schemes out there in the “Business World” backed by the government, especially for SME Businesses and Enterprises and we thought it would be helpful to introduce you to the one’s we’re familiar with. We’ve written a quick overview below about the most current and relevant ones which businesses can tap into or apply for to help with their developing their social media presence and social media skills…


West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (The Skills Service)

We are delighted to announce that Social Progress have been awarded a contract through the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (The Skills Service) to deliver part funded social media & digital marketing workshops between January 2020 & March 2020.

Look at the full list of Workshops on our What’s On Page and download our pack “WYCC-TheSkillsService-SocialProgressLtd-SocialMediaWorkshopPack2020” to find all the information you need in order to check your eligibility and choose your preferred workshops.

If you’d like to apply for the part-funding, contact and we will send you the relevant forms.



AD:VENTURE is a funded programme designed to help businesses in their first 3 years of trading based in the Leeds City Region (Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York).

The programme offers:-

  • Events on a wide range of business support including some delivered by ourselves on social media marketing. Find the full range of EVENTS here.
  • Mentoring
  • Funding and Finance
  • University Support and Business Growth Collective
  • Specialist Sector Support
  • Support for Young Enterprise

To find out more about the support available via AD:VENTURE go to

Please Note: ERDF Eligibility criteria do apply, and businesses in consumer retail (Only selling to the public), primary agriculture, nuclear decommissioning and education provision will not be eligible.  If you aren’t sure, give them a call or email and they can clarify before you register.


Digital Advantage Project 2019Digital Advantage Project - Coventry University - North Yorkshire Business Funding

SMEs in the North Yorkshire region can “apply for a 40% grant (minimum of £1,000)” to cover the cost of social media training and strategic support delivered by Social Progress, as well as “specific digital improvements” we can help with eg. website updates and video and photographic content creation consultancy.

Eligible businesses can apply for a grant for a project up to the value of £5,000, with the business contributing 60% of the total cost.

What can Social Progress do as part of the Digital Advantage Project?

  • Digital & Social Media Strategy & Planning
  • Web Usability – Improving Online Presence
  • Photo-Video Content Creation – Helping SMEs Capture Their Own Photo and Video Content
  • E-CommerceERDF European Regional Development Fund

“The Digital Advantage programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, and is delivered by Coventry University Enterprises Ltd.” – Coventry University

If you’re interested in finding out if your business is eligible, get in touch with us by dropping us an email to

Find out more info on the Coventry University website here: Coventry University – Digital Advantage Project


Digital Enterprise Voucher SchemeDigital Enterprise - Voucher Scheme
Digital Enterprise has been established to help businesses who are looking to scale up through the better use of digital technology.

You can apply for part-funding to invest in new digital technology such as (but not limited to) a new website and to also help start your digital marketing or improve your existing digital marketing plan and skills. This can include social media set up, social media training, social media strategy and elements of social media marketing support which can be delivered by Social Progress through the Scheme.

Vouchers range from £1,000 to £5,000 and need to be matched by funding from the business. The scheme offers funding of 40%, up to a maximum of £5,000, towards the total value of an investment with the balance of 60% funded by the business. – Digital Enterprise

The scheme aims to help eligible firms access and use digital/information and communication technology to achieve business growth and raise competitiveness.

The Second (next) Phase of the Voucher Scheme is due to go live in September 2017. So, watch this space!

Find out more about the Digital Enterprise Voucher Scheme here:

Find out if you’re eligible for the funding here:


Digital Knowledge ExchangeDigital Enterprise Voucher Scheme and Digital Knowledge Exchange
Fully funded business support for eligible businesses across the Leeds City Region. Increase your knowledge and get access to expert advice on digital and technological solutions.

Get access to workshops, a complete digital audit and mentoring support from digital champions.

Topics include:

  • ERDF Funding Logo - European Union - Europian Regional Development FundSocial Media for Business (Product and Service)
  • Search Engine and Mobile Optimisation
  • Web Design and Conversion
  • Your Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Cloud Computing and many more

Janet Bebb is one of the official Trainers who will be delivering social media training as part of the Digital Knowledge Programme to eligible businesses.

The Digital Knowledge Exchange Programme is due to deliver a few events across the Summer leading up to the official programme launch in September 2017.

Digital Knowledge Exchange - Training Programme - Leeds City Region - Social Media Training - Yorkshire


Find out more about this fully-funded Training Programme on the Digital Enterprise Blog here:

To register your interest for the Training Programme please complete the Eligibility Checker here: