Digital Boost, a leading digital upskilling platform, has partnered with Visa to support small businesses seeking to digitize and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Digital Boost’s platform, Visa’s employees can volunteer time, support and advice to small businesses in need of digital and business mentorship. Digital Boost is a free-of-charge online platform that brings together those who work in small businesses and charities with a community of expert volunteers drawn from larger businesses who have had years of training in digital skills and broader commercial strategy.
There are nearly six million small businesses in the UK (1). According to research, the combined productivity gap caused by low digitisation means a loss of £100 billion+ to GDP in Great Britain (2). Helping small businesses become more digital can help them not only meet changing consumer demand but also thrive, armed with the knowledge and tools they need to compete and grow in a global digital economy.
“We were amazed by the number of people who started volunteering for various charities as the Covid-19 crisis started to unfold. We realise, however, that thousands of small organisations - like businesses, charities and social enterprises - also need their own army of volunteers. That’s what we’re trying to unfold through Digital Boost.” said Sherry Coutu, Founder of Digital Boost. “We are delighted to be partnering with Visa as we continue on our mission to achieve this”.
With many people continuing to work remotely, companies have also been thoughtful about how they approach employee volunteering activities. In response to this, Digital Boost offers a technology-driven solution which facilitates human, personal connections for volunteers in an easy to use, digital platform.
"We believe in the power of tech to turbocharge efforts to build back better from the pandemic,” said Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dinenage. “It's why we're supporting programmes like Digital Boost to ensure even the smallest businesses and charities have the digital skills they need to thrive in the digital economy. It's great to see Visa join the impressive list of partners in that national mission."
Jeni Mundy, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Visa says: “Now, more than ever, small businesses need our collective support as they navigate the impact of Covid-19. Through our partnership with Digital Boost, we aim to harness our resources including our teams and wider network to help small businesses build the necessary skills to adapt to an increasingly digital world.
Our partnership with Digital Boost is one of the many ways we remain committed to championing independent businesses and forms part of our commitment to digitally enable eight million businesses across Europe in the recovery process.”
In addition to engaging its employee base as volunteer mentors, Visa is also offering additional support and curriculum content to Digital Boost as it expands its operations.
1 FSB, 2020
2 Accenture, 2018
About Digital Boost
Digital Boost is a free-of-charge online platform that brings together those who work in small businesses and charities with a community of digital expert volunteers. Co-founded by Founders4Schools and BCG Digital Ventures and supported by the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport and Google, Digital Boost aims to help rebuild our economy by helping those who work for or lead small businesses & charities access digital expertise.
Visa is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device. As the world moves from analogue to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit our website (www.visa.co.uk), blog (https://www.visa.co.uk/visa-everywhere/blog.html), and @VisaUK.