Digital companies in the region are being offered grants of up to £25,000 to support development of new technology products and services.

Creative England, the investment and support body, has launched a new £150,000 'Superfast Broadband Fund' pot in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council and backed by the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

It is aiming to improve cross-sector collaboration and innovations and open up practical opportunities for creative companies to work with business clusters in other sectors and regions.

Businesses which apply are asked to develop a new digital product which takes advantage of the superfast broadband infrastructure and ultimately deliver products or services which help local businesses.

Jim Farmery, director of business development at Creative England, said: "At Creative England, we are passionate about helping our creative industries thrive and creating economic growth in the regions.

"The Superfast Broadband Fund aims to give cross-sector support to SMEs across England and provide investment to those with innovative creative potential.

"Ideas for applications could include anything from apps that measure your carbon footprint to industry specific auction websites or intelligent tourism apps but the options really are limitless and we look forward to seeing the innovations that local businesses come up with."

The deadline for submissions is June 29.