Delivering business support programmes that make companies more profitable by using technology well

Guy briefing businesses at Sci-Tech, Daresbury

At CDI Alliance Ltd, we organise and deliver business support programmes that encourage SME’s to grow. We do this by helping them use technology to become more efficient and therefore profitable.

Our team has extensive business experience and a wealth of technical knowledge that we’re keen to share. By partnering together in an alliance, we’re able to support businesses on a larger scale by winning local authority and programme provider tenders.

Stuart leading a discussion at Lincoln Drill Hall

We are currently working with the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership in collaboration with EMB in Lincolnshire, North and North East Lincolnshire and with Winning Pitch in North and North East Lincolnshire, Kingston Upon Hull and East Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Once chosen, we’re able to manage publicly funded programmes and deliver support, consultancy and training on utilising digital technology in business. In the long run, we’re confident that this not only empowers businesses but creates jobs and boosts local economies.

If you’d like to discuss a programme or project, please get in touch with us at

The CDI Alliance Team attended GoDigital 2019 in Lincoln – from the left Stuart McFarlane-Bedford, Malcolm Warrington, John Owens, Richard Lukey, Julia Wilkinson and Guy Lewis

Making A Difference

Richard with Seven Video

The West Yorkshire Strategic Business Growth Programme  is delivered by Winning Pitch on behalf of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership working with CDI Alliance Ltd. Over 300 businesses across the region have benefited from this fully funded programme available across West Yorkshire, Selby and York.

Church Fenton based Seven Video Productions joined the programme at the outset and working with Richard have enjoyed significant growth already. The programme which is open to businesses that have been trading for over three years and shown a potential for rapid growth will end later this year with a new programme launch planned for the spring of 2020. Click here to see the video case study.

A second iteration of the Strategic Business Growth Programme is due to launch in the spring of 2020 and sit alongside the NEW Investment Readiness Programme coming on stream in the autumn of this year.

If you’re a small to medium sized business based in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York, it is worth contacting Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership to find out more.

Business Support

Delivering business support – with a focus on utilising digital technologies – direct to businesses and through part and fully funded programmes with a mix of workshops, masterclasses, peer to peer learning and one to one coaching.


Working with entrepreneurs and their senior teams to develop a strategic approach to technological innovation in their businesses focused on delivering growth and increased profitability.


Creating and delivering a suite of proven, highly rated training programmes designed to build confidence in the specification and use of information and digital technology for staff working across all business sectors.

Programme Management

Managing the delivery of publicly funded business support programmes on behalf of organisations including Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Chambers of Commerce and large business consultancy groups.

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What Our Clients Say

“We were very impressed with the way that the CDI Alliance delivered the New Opportunities Programme for companies in the Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) in Sheffield. They demonstrated an excellent understanding of the sector and were able to draw upon a wide range of expertise to deliver tailored support which was much appreciated by the businesses. I would have no hesitation on recommending the CDI Alliance to undertake similar work.”

James Wilson, Sheffield City Council

“I’ve found CDI Alliance’s input into my business venture to be refreshing and enormously validating. They provided much constructive critiquing, direct scrutiny and approached my business idea with a genuine helpful mind-set. Their one-to-one and group orientated bespoke development session was tailored to my needs and addressed many factors, I didn’t for see. I whole heartedly recommend their integrated approach of experience, knowledge and no-nonsense consulting for all creative, digital and new media business initiatives, both large and small.”

Ananth Vijaykumar (VJ), Silk Road Consulting

“CDI Alliance have worked with us on a number of projects over the last few years. Over that time I have found them to be very professional, very organised, approachable, and crucially the ability to deliver targets on time and to the agreed quality. They offered creative solutions to problems and issues that we shared with them and were never afraid of responding to constructive criticism.

All members of their team were very amiable individuals and they interacted extremely well with members of the internal team, and a range of other project leaders within the County Council, and also the beneficiaries (SMEs) of the programme. It is true to say that they more than delivered on the agreed outputs at the start of the projects.”

Bryn Davies, Lincolnshire County Council

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