To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2020 to Question 128963 on Digital Technology: Small Businesses, what steps are being taken to provide the 796 small businesses and charities with a mentoring session that are yet to receive it.
19 January 2021
As of 12th January, 674 mentoring sessions have taken place since the platform’s rebuilding in late September. To date, 218 mentoring requests have been unfulfilled due to a lack of volunteers in the requested skill. Where matches have not been made, Digital Boost is working closely with their corporate partners to call for more volunteers where there are subject shortages and are also putting on workshops.
1448 small businesses and charities have signed up to the platform as of 12th January. Those remaining small businesses and charities who have not requested a mentoring session have free access to Digital Boost’s courses, content and workshops.