Power Up Initiative

Power Up is a pioneering initiative, launched by Good Things Foundation with the financial support of J.P. Morgan, to drive economic inclusion through digital in communities - powering up people, provision and places.

Digital is changing our lives, our jobs, how we run our businesses and manage our money. This means that having the digital skills, motivation and confidence to use the internet safely is becoming essential for life and work.

We live in a digital age, and technology is rapidly changing the world we live in.   The way we work, interact and do business have been changed by technology, and we’re all sharing, learning and transacting online more and more.

As the world shifts, it’s vital that we ensure everyone can benefit. An estimate an estimated 6.3 million people are non users of the internet, and these people are disproportionately from a lower socio-economic background.  Alongside this, the Enterprise Research Centre found that a quarter of firms used none of the seven technologies identified as most relevant to microbusinesses, and another quarter used only one. To address this, Good Things Foundation and JP Morgan are working together on Power Up - a new programme that will transform people’s lives and work through digital.

Power Up is a pioneering programme, funded by JP Morgan Chase Foundation in collaboration with Good Things Foundation, which drives economic inclusion through digital in communities - powering up people, provision and places.

We will be supporting a small number of projects with strong potential for impact in four locations in England and Scotland, evaluating the impact of these projects, and sharing learnings to drive wider systems change.

We’ll be powering up people, provision and places.
    
To find out more about Power Up and how you can get involved, visit www.power-up.org.uk

Improving digital skills for small and micro businesses


This report summarises research exploring challenges to equipping small and micro-sized businesses and sole traders with the skills to flourish in a digital economy, and initial recommendations on how to overcome these. Our focus is on those in disadvantaged areas or run by owners from disadvantaged groups.

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Improving digital skills for employability


This report summarises research exploring challenges for support to improve employability through digital skills for people facing significant disadvantage, and initial recommendations on how to overcome these.

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Improving financial capability through digital skills


This report summarises research exploring challenges for support to improve digital skills for low-income households in financial difficulties, and initial recommendations on how to overcome these.

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More about the project

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We are living in the age of the fourth industrial revolution but people who lack skills and confidence are being left behind.
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Today we launch Power Up, a pioneering programme, funded by JP Morgan Chase Foundation, and delivered by Good Things Foundation.
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We're collaborating with J.P. Morgan to investigate how digital skills can tackle economic exclusion in the UK.