Am I eligible?

Are you interested in joining the next SCALE programme but unsure if you’re eligible? If you’re able to meet the criteria below then we’d love to hear from you. 

  • Tees Valley-based digital or tech business office/business premises
  • A business owner that can illustrate passion for growth
  • Able to articulate that your business has the capacity for significant growth   
  • Have firm plans in place to employ new staff in the next 18-24 months 


Have a question around your eligibility? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Am I eligible for a place on the DigitalCity SCALE Programme?

The SCALE Programme is aimed at digital business leaders in the Tees Valley who are achieving year on year growth. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, please call us on 01642 384 334. 

My home address is in North Yorkshire but my company is Tees Valley. Am I eligible?

Yes. It is the company that has to be registered within the Tees Valley.

Can you define what you mean by a ‘digital/tech’ company?

Typically the businesses we support have digital technology at the heart of what they do. There is normally an element of digital innovation in their service or product. If applying for a place on this Programme, ask yourself this: does the service or product you are offering your customers provide a digital or tech solution to wider sector problems? For example, does it make anything work better, faster or cheaper? The most successful businesses we have supported since 2004 have been working at the forefront of digital technology, launching exciting new products or introducing new ways of working. Is what you’re doing primarily digital and does it have the ‘wow factor’? If so, we would be interested in receiving an application from you.

What type of companies aren’t eligible?

The businesses we support on this Programme must be offering a commercial B2B (business to business) service or product that is digital in nature. We are not able to work with exclusively business to consumer companies such as retailers. Typically this Programme does not support creative industries or arts-based businesses such as digital artists or performers who draw the majority of their income from funding. Businesses supported must be a commercial entity and the service offered should be primarily a digital or tech one.

Can I work part-time and attend the SCALE Programme?

No. The Programme is aimed at Business Owner/Directors who are working full time in their company and want to grow their business with our support. We expect 100% commitment from those on the Programme, including attending all of the workshops. We would be happy to signpost you to other support services if you are at an earlier stage of your business journey.

I’ve only been trading for 12 months. Can I apply to join the Programme and access the grant? 

No. You have to have been trading for a minimum of 18 months with the ability to present year-on-year growth. There are other programmes available that may be more suitable for you. Please contact us for more information.

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Still unsure? Give us a call on 01642 384334, we would love to discuss your potential application with you.