Small businesses in Manchester are being offered £50,000 of web development grants by high street design studio Nettl.
The company is offering up to 100 small businesses one-hour consultations and a £500 grant in a Nettl Commerce online web shop before 23rd December 2014, bdaily reported.
Many of the UK’s SMEs have missed out on December’s boost for e-commerce because they lack an online presence. Over half of consumers say they find it hard to support local businesses because they cannot find them online, according to figures from the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.
But for small businesses, Nettl said, it is difficult to get that online presence started from scratch.
“Our clients tell us they know they need to sell online, but find it difficult knowing where to start,” John McCall of Nettl, based at Trafford Park in Manchester said.
“They hear about how expensive web development is and worry that they are going to get ripped off,” he added. “It’s our mission to remove the black magic and mystery of ecommerce and help small businesses to just start selling online.”
“To show our support for SMEs, we’re offering any local business who signs up for a no-obligation consultation a £500 grant towards the cost of their web shop,” McCall confirmed. “We’re so confident that our web shops will make a difference that we’ll even offer clients the option to pay their website over 12 months, so that with just a few orders, they can cover their costs.”
“Championing small businesses is at the heart of Nettl’s ethos,” he added.