Digital Shift

Helping elevate calderdale’s digital and creative businesses to new heights.

Events. Mentoring. Grants.
Unmissable opportunities for your business.

Transforming Calderdale’s Digital and Creative landscape

The Calderdale district is a vibrant economy becoming well established as the place to start and grow innovative digital and creative businesses in the UK.

It’s location between Leeds and Manchester in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire puts it within one hour’s travel of a quarter of a million businesses, eight million people and a combined economy worth around £150 billion.


What is Digital Shift?

Digital Shift is an exciting new programme offering a huge range of hands on practical support and providing unmissable opportunities for businesses to access grants, specialist workshops and expert mentoring ensuring the digital and creative sector continues to flourish and thrive in Calderdale.

Great news for everyone is that its free for eligible business to access, as it’s funded by AD:VENTURE partners, including Calderdale Council and Leeds Beckett University.

The key aims of Digital Shift are:

  • Grow the digital sector in Calderdale to create jobs and increase profitability
  • Establish Calderdale as the place to develop your digital & creative business
  • Increase collaboration, supply chain and innovation opportunities
  • Boost digital capabilities of new and growing business
  • Embed a legacy of success for the creative and digital sector
  • Engage and retain young talent creating a culture of entrepreneurship amongst its young population

Working in partnership with AD:VENTURE, Calderdale Council and Leeds Beckett University will provide a programme of focused support through Digital Shift to pre-start and young business in the Digital and Creative sectors including:

  • Diagnostics to identify growth opportunities and set action plans
  • One to One Mentoring
  • Access to growth grants up to £25,000
  • Specialist events on key topics such as Sales, Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation, Exporting, Product Development, Minimum Viable Product, Branding, Networking, Business Planning and accessing cash to start or grow the business.
  • Monthly Digital Breakfast at The University Business Centre
  • Digital Shift Summit (September 2018)  3 day Festival of activity including a hackathon, specialist events and access to expert seminars and speakers

Interested in becoming part of Digital Shift?


The main access point for the Digital Shift programme will be through the Halifax University Business Centre at Piece Mill.

Leeds Beckett University and Calderdale Council have signed a formal agreement with the aim of working together to boost the economy in and around Calderdale.

There is clear research that shows having a University presence in an area helps to raise levels of aspiration and attainment, as well as supporting the retention of skilled graduate labour within a region.

The University Business Centre will help to create new jobs and businesses as well as increasing the numbers of higher level jobs. The business support that Leeds Beckett University provides to early stage businesses is proven to almost double sustainability.

Interested in becoming part of Digital Shift?


Individuals looking to set up a new business, or those who have an established business under 3 years old and are looking to grow.

Across many sectors, young businesses have the capacity to increase productivity and sustainability by developing digital capabilities, so if this is something you want to explore, get in touch.

Please Note: ERDF Eligibility criteria do apply, and businesses in consumer retail (Only selling to the public), primary agriculture, and nuclear decommissioning and education provision will not be eligible.  If you aren’t sure, give us a call or email and we can clarify before you register.

Interested in becoming part of Digital Shift?


Contact Us:

To find out how we can support your new or growing business

Leeds Beckett University AD:VENTURE team

0113 812 5987

To find out more about Digital Shift,
The Digital Shift Summit and to get involved,

Deb Hetherington: Business Engagement Manager

+44 (0)7557 213958



Digital Shift
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27-29 September 2018 at The University Business Centre – HALIFAX, Piece Mill.

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Terms & Conditions

Data Protection Act 1998: The above information you provide may be stored in both manual and electronic formats until 2033.  It will be held to facilitate the services we provide to you or your business and to assist with record keeping, statistical and research purposes, statutory purposes and to facilitate ongoing communication.  Information may be shared with our funders and organisations delivering services on their behalf where it is necessary in the interests of increasing your businesses enterprise prospects and to measure the impact and success of the project.  A full list of these funders and organisations is included below.

Marketing Permissions.  We would like to keep you informed of services and business support that we think may be of interest to you and your business. If in the future you’d prefer not to receive information from us please email and we will ensure you are removed from any future marketing correspondence.

Bradford Council
Business Enterprise Fund
Calderdale Council
Craven Council
Harrogate Borough Council
Kirklees Council
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds City Council
Leeds Trinity University
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Make It York
Mid-Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Prince’s Trust
Selby District Council
Wakefield Council
University of Bradford
University of Huddersfield
West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
West Yorkshire Combined Authority (as the accountable body for Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership)

As Data Controller, Please see below statement for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Privacy Notice for the Purpose of Data Collection for ERDF

The UK is updating its data protection legislation and it will come into force on 25 May 2018. The new laws aim to update current data protection legislation including the Data Protection Act 1998, increase the privacy protection of all UK and EU citizens and reduce the risk of data breaches. It will apply to all public and private organisations processing personal data.

The EU Common Provisions Regulations (CPR), and Article 6 of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Regulation require the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), as the managing authority for the programme, to monitor and evaluate ERDF-funded activities. In order to conduct monitoring and evaluation (including the summative assessment) and to ensure compliance, the collection of personal data is required.

Who is the data controller for ERDF personal data?

The MHCLG ERDF Managing Authority is the controller for all personal data required to help deliver the ERDF programme under the terms of its ERDF Funding Agreement.

The MHCLG ERDF Managing Authority will be processing personal data in the ERDF programme according to the following lawful basis:

Article 6(1)(e) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

‘processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller’.

The lawful basis for controlling or processing `special category’ data under ERDF is:

Article 9(2)(g) GDPR

“processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, on the basis of Union or Member State law which shall be proportionate to the aim pursued, respect the essence of the right to data protection and provide suitable and specific measures to safeguard the fundamental rights and the interests of the data subject;”

What personal data will be collected?

Depending on the nature of activities of the ERDF-funded project and the indicators listed under each activity, the following information for each direct or indirect beneficiary where these are individuals may be collected:

• Name of contact point within a business (in some cases property owner) engaged with or individual engaged with;

• Address

• Postcode

• Phone number

• Ethnicity

• Disability

• Email address

• Labour market status prior to receiving support and 6 months after receiving support

• Duration of support

• Intensity of support

• Pay details

MHCLG may collect special category data on ethnicity and disability.

Who will my personal data be shared with and how will it be used?

Your details will be stored securely and retained in compliance with GDPR and the new Data Protection Act. This information will be used to evaluate this project and to report to the European Regional Development Fund for monitoring and evaluation purposes.

Your details will be used to support the ERDF programme research and evaluation activities. MHCLG will need to share all or some of your personal data with the national evaluator of the ERDF programme. In some cases, the national evaluator, i.e. independent external contractors commissioned by DCLG, may use the contact details to contact a sample of direct or indirect beneficiaries for the purpose of the National Evaluation of the programme. It is likely that the survey methodology will need to incorporate a variety of approaches in order to maximise the survey response rate (for example, telephone survey, written survey, and e-mail survey) – hence the need for a variety of contact details required for each participant. MHCLG may also need to share with other government departments and the European Commission where this is necessary to test the robustness of the data gathered or to inform the National Evaluation.

MHCLG will not give any personal data to any other organisation unless needed for the purpose of the evaluation and will instruct them not to use it to contact individuals for any reasons not connected with the purpose of the National Evaluation of the ERDF programme 2014-2020 or other matters directly relating to the evaluation. If MHCLG has to pass on the data, it will only provide what is needed, and if possible will remove the details that might identify individuals personally. MCHLG will not transfer personal data outside the European Union, to third countries or international organisations.

MHCLG will not keep your personal data for longer than it needs but as a minimum, will retain data for two years after the closure of the 2014-2020 ERDF programme in line with the European Regional Development Fund document retention guidance to ensure MHCLG meets reporting obligations and to demonstrate compliance with EU


Individual’s rights

ERDF participants cannot claim the following rights in terms of ERDF personal data:

• right to erasure (“right to be forgotten”)

• right to portability of their data

The data collected is your personal data, and you have the right, subject to lawful data requirements:

• to see what data we have about you;

• to ask us to stop using your data;

• to ask us to delete your data, or to correct your data if there is no longer a justification to process it;

• to lodge a complaint with the independent Information Commissioner (ICO) if you think we are not handling your data fairly or in accordance with the law. 

Automated decision making

Your personal data will not be subjected to automated decision making

Contact Details

You can contact the ICO at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Tel: 0303 123 1113


If you would like further information about the programme and your personal information please contact the ERDF Programme at: