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Spanish SME digitization Plan 2021-2025: Subsidies and Main Points

by Orienteed experts team, May 24, 2021

In today's post, we will draw the key points of the spanish SME Digitalisation Plan 2021-2025 and we will explain who will be the main beneficiaries.


What is the SME Digitalisation Plan 2021-2025?

The SME Digitalisation Plan 2021-2025 is a programme endowed with €1 billion for the transformation of Spanish SMEs, with the aim of providing with the necessary tools and knowledge to open up to new sales channels and to digitise their processes and operations.

The plan is structured into five main axes, each with a differentiating objective and an independent economic contribution.

Axes of the SME Digitalisation Plan 2021-2025

Axis 1: Digitisation of SMEs

Amount earmarked: 3,106.6 M €

The objective of the first axis is to help companies to incorporate ICTs into their systems through different programmes (Digital Toolkit, SME connectivity vouchers, Protect your company and Acelera Pyme). 

Axis 1 Programmes:

  • Digital Toolkit Programme: Composed of basic digitalisation packages with the aim of promoting the implementation of e-commerce, the digitalisation of relations with the Administration and with customers, the development of paperless internal processes, the implementation of electronic invoicing, or digital marketing actions.
  • SME Connectivity Voucher Programme: The aim of this aid is to provide companies with an Internet connection so that they can incorporate basic digitalisation packages and increase productivity through remote work, communication with customers and suppliers and the incorporation of new technologies.
  • Protect your Business Programme: The aim of this programme is to offer a series of actions to raise awareness, education and training in cybersecurity aimed specifically at SMEs and micro-companies.
  • Acelera PYME Programme: This programme provides SMEs with different support mechanisms for their digitalisation through a network of offices, contents or seminars.


Axis 2: Managing change

Amount earmarked: 656 M €

The axis of support for the management of change will seek to provide in-depth training to companies. A management training programme will be launched. Experts in digital transformation will also be trained and a change agent programme will be implemented.

Axis 2 Programmes:

  • Management Training Programme: The aim is to promote digital training to the management of the company (electronic commerce, resource planning systems (ERP), customer management systems (CRM), process automation, marketing, SEO, etc.)
  • Training for Experts in Digital Transformation of SMEs: Training of young experts in digitalisation of SMEs.
  • Agents of Change Programme: Aims to finance the incorporation of professionals in digital transformation in SMEs to develop their digitalisation plan. 

Axis 3: Innovation and entrepreneurship 

Amount earmarked: 439 M €

In this section the aid will be focused on actions in disruptive innovation and digital entrepreneurship. These will be managed through four different programmes. The aim is to support innovative business clusters. Similarly, support will be given to digital innovation centres and digital entrepreneurship. 

Programmes Axis 3:

  • Disruptive Innovation Programme for Digital Transformation in SMEs: Aims to redesign processes and develop new products, services and business models based on the intensive use of data and the adoption of key technologies for digitisation, such as cloud, big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, among others, for their application in the different productive sectors.
  • Support Programme for Innovative Business Groups: Support for innovation and business competitiveness strategies developed by groups or clusters of companies in the field of digitisation.
  • Support Programme for Digital Innovation Centres (DIH): Support for the development of digital innovation centres that function as "one-stop shops" through which SMEs can access the information, services and facilities they need to successfully tackle their digital transformation processes.
  • Digital Entrepreneurship Support Programmes: Seeking to boost digital entrepreneurship through different measures.

Axis 4: Support for digitisation by sectors

Ammount earmarked: 442,59 M €

The fourth axis will focus on supporting digitalisation by sector. At this point, the programmes to be developed will focus on the needs of each sector: commerce, industry, tourism, etc...


Axis 4 Programmes

  • Activa Industry: Aims at the digitalisation of industry, especially industrial SMEs through different tools.
  • Digital Tourism Programmes: Aims at the digital transformation of the sector by betting on disruptive innovation in processes and in the development of new digital products and services.
  • Retail Digitalisation Programmes: Digitalisation of the retail and distribution sector
    retail and commercial distribution sector, as well as its internationalisation.


Axis 5: Coordination, efficiencies and reform

The objective of this axis is to collaborate with SMEs to provide them with professional advice on their digitalisation plans with the aim of creating a system for certifying their degree of digital maturity.

Axis 5 Programmes

  • Integrated Network of Support Capacities for SMEs: Creation of a robust network of support centres that can provide them with advisory services, training and knowledge transfer.
  • Digital SME Seal: Develop and promote a scheme of accreditation and certification of the digital maturity of SMEs that serves as a seal to recognise and value business excellence and the investments made in digital transformation. 


How can an IT-Commerce help in a digitalisation process?

The digitalisation process is usually a complex path for any medium-sized company. In many cases, there is no clear strategy as to where the company wants to go and what is the best way to improve processes and open new sales channels in an increasingly digitalised era.

It is for this reason that a technology-based company specialising in digital sales environments can be of great help and guide us through the key steps to start this process.

In our case, and as an IT company specialising in Commerce, we have been involved in various digitalisation projects, especially in the B2B segment.

This ranges from the implementation of e-commerce solutions to the integration of these platforms with CRMs, ERPs and other communications. 

We work with companies in the retail and manufacturing sector in the development and implementation of digital transformation plans. For more information about our projects, please visit our client section, or email us directly at hello@orienteed.com.


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