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DigitalBoost Nominated for Holyrood Connect Awards

Ross Kelly



Business Gateway’s DigitalBoost skills programme has been recognised for its work at the Holyrood Connect Awards, with two nominations for the Connect ICT Award and Rising Star categories. 

DigitalBoost, the digital support programme for Scotland’s SMEs has been shortlisted for two national ICT awards at the Holyrood Connect Awards.

The programme helps Scotland’s SME community to improve websites, social media, eCommerce and digital capailities. Since its launch in 2016, the  programme has flourished into a nationwide programme that has allowed over 12,000 people to attend workshops as well as enabling more than 5000 businesses to take digital-health checks.

Additional Funding

The Scottish Government recognised the success and value of the programme in May 2018 when Economy Secretary Keith Brown announced an extension of the programme’s funding by an additional £1.7 million. Digital Boost is delivered by Scotland’s local authorities through Business Gateway on behalf of Digital Scotland.

COSLA President, Councillor Alison Evison, said: “The DigitalBoost programme has played a key role over the past two years in helping thousands of businesses across Scotland learn the digital skills that will allow them to identify and convert new commercial opportunities.

“Delivering a programme of this scale and complexity is extremely challenging and I am delighted that the work of the DigitalBoost team has been recognised in this way.”

Recognising Talent

DigitalBoost has been nominated for two awards; the ‘Connect ICT Team Award and ‘Connect Rising Star’.

The Connect ICT Team Award recognises exemplary performance and support that allows SMEs to improve operational efficiency and drive innovation. The Connect Rising Star category acknowledges the achievements and efforts of outstanding individuals working to drive innovation and change in the public sector IT industry.

Business Gateway Marketing Manager Jacqueline MacDougall has been nominated in the Connect Rising Star category for her tireless work in helping to develop new digital tools, developing marketing campaigns and for providing industry-leading support to Scotland’s Local Authorities that are working to deliver Digital Boost to their respective business communities.

Jacqueline has also played a crucial role in assisting the Icelandic Government to adopt the DigitalBoost programme; driving innovation and change in both nations.

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Hard Work Acknowledged

Hugh Lightbody, Chief Officer at the Business Gateway National Unit hailed the positive impact of DigitalBoost and singled out Jacqueline as a person of merit. Hugh also highlighted the cooperation of Scotland’s local authorities and various contractors.

He said: “Business Gateway works very hard providing support and advice to Scotland’s SMEs and the delivery and development of the DigitalBoost programme is a tremendous example of that.

“There is a lot of great digital work being carried out across the public sector so it is extremely gratifying to see the work of Jacqueline and the DigitalBoost Team acknowledged with these award nominations. We must also recognise that this wouldn’t be possible without the local authorities, Business Gateway teams and the excellent contractors who all contribute to making the programme as successful as it is.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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