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Digital Survey Launched to Create Digitally Advanced Borough

Posted By:
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

13th Mar 2024

In today’s innovative business landscape, it is essential for local Councils to adapt and respond effectively to the evolving needs of the business community.  Recognising this, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has initiated a digital survey as a proactive measure to gather valuable insights directly from local businesses.

The survey is aimed at understanding the needs of local businesses, identifying potential gaps and opportunities, fostering engagement and facilitating data driven decision making.

The survey, accessible through and social platforms, will provide an avenue for businesses of all sizes and sectors to voice their opinions on the opportunities and challenges of implementing digital technologies within their business. By actively participating in this survey, businesses will play a crucial role in shaping the support which the Council seeks to provide.

The information from the survey will be used to complement and enhance the two digital programmes that currently support businesses in the Borough, namely:

  • The ASK Programme which provides tailored mentoring support to help businesses understand which technology would benefit their business and how it could be implemented.
  • The Digital Transformation Flexible Fund (DTFF) which provides grants of up to £20,000 to support businesses purchasing digital technology to enhance their businesses.

DTFF has recently launched a second call, asking for local businesses to express an interest in this fund.  The first call has already facilitated the digital transformation journey of 12 businesses within the Borough, with the second call anticipated to extend support to many more.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper commented: “The Council is committed to ensuring that the views of local businesses are heard and valued.  The insights gathered through this digital survey will inform strategic initiatives aimed at fostering a thriving business environment and driving economic and digital growth in our community”.