Sheffield Hallam University’s Business School has been awarded funding to support 50 micro-businesses.

The funding has been made available through the government’s £9m Business Basics Programme run by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK.

Companies that employ up to nine people will be able to apply to take part in workshops on how to utilise existing technologies to improve efficiency and profitability.

Dr Eileen McAuliffe, dean of Sheffield Business School, said: “Sheffield Hallam University is committed to the Sheffield City Region and supporting businesses to grow and we already have a number of projects in place to enable this to happen.

“This funding will enable us to target some of our expertise and knowledge to support microbusinesses and entrepreneurs in our region to help drive future economies.”

The UK’s 1.1 million micro-businesses employ more than 4 million people and contribute £533bn to the UK economy.