The Loire Valley regional authorities understand this problem and to remedy it, they are providing assistance to small companies to help them digitalize, notably financial support with acquiring digital tools (installation fees and software subscriptions, training costs etc.)
When it comes to who’s eligible, the conditions are deliberately broad:
- the company must have fewer than 50 employees;
- it must have been active for over two years;
- it must be in the Loire Valley region;
- its annual turnover must not exceed 10 million euros;
- it must be able to prove that the investment satisfies a strategic objective
- it must not be in the non-commercial, public/parapublic or e-commerce sectors.
In other words, this assistance is open to most small companies in the region as long as they are more than two years old and are commercial ventures. And the amounts on offer are not negligeable: they can reach up to €15,000, which represents a genuine boost for small companies.
Loire Valley businesses do appear to be going with the flow of digitalization thanks to help from both the public and private sector. Another example of this is the Go Entrepreneurs Nantes salon on November 25 this year, dedicated to digital and designed to put a little wind in the sails of local businesses.