Nearly £75,000 has been made available to help female entrepreneurs in County Durham benefit from broadband.
The funding will be used as part of a project aimed at a broad range of women who are either already in business, are considering starting a business, or want to improve their digital skills before returning to work.
It follows a successful bid from Durham County Council to the Government Equalities Office (GEO) who are working in partnership with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).
The project will provide a range of activities, which start in September 2015, including workshops, speakers, coaching sessions and networking.
The aim is to encourage participants to boost their digital knowledge and skills.
The project is being run by the council’s Digital Durham and Business Durham teams.
Simon Goon, Business Durham’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding which will help businesses become digital and we look forward to helping these entrepreneurs speed up their success.
“By getting online and boosting their digital skills, business owners are opening themselves up to a range of benefits, such as being able to access new markets and suppliers and save costs.”