Entrepreneurs with an ambition to set up their own online business are invited to join a free fast-track e-commerce accelerator in Barnsley.
The ‘Click’ programme is being delivered by UK business start-up experts Enterprise Nation and is funded by Enterprising Barnsley, a European-funded business support programme delivered by Barnsley Council.
Hosted at Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre (DMC), Click will provide 12 eligible businesses with eight weeks of intensive support and technical know-how to help them turn their business idea into a successful online reality.
This will be followed up with at least 12 months of ongoing mentoring for each business as they form part of a new e-commerce hub based at the DMC. Businesses will be provided with free access to this shared workspace for the duration of the programme.
Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “The UK has seen record numbers of people starting a business over the last four years. It’s a growing trend and it is important that we encourage and support enterprise across all regions.
“Enterprising Barnsley has been quick to embrace this to support local economic growth. By delivering an intensive boost to businesses here over the coming months, we hope it will make a big difference by driving ambition and sowing the seeds for future growth and collaboration in the borough.”
Applications to join Click scheme are invited now and the closing date is Friday May 1st. Visit www.enterprisenation.com/click to find out more. The programme will start Monday June 8th.
To be eligible to apply, applicants should have an idea for a new e-commerce business; a desire to take their existing product or service online or be within six months of trading with an online business under development.
Businesses don’t have to already be a Barnsley-based business, but to be part of the programme, they must commit to working in the e-commerce hub at Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre for at least 12 months.
Tracey Johnson of Enterprising Barnsley said: “We are delighted to be working with Enterprise Nation who will surround the chosen 12 companies with the local and national support they need to succeed in the unique environment of our Digital Media Centre.
“Barnsley has more than 750 years of trading history as a market town and this e-commerce accelerator will build on that heritage to help today’s businesses trade effectively online.”
During Click’s eight week intensive programme, businesses will learn how to write a business plan and research the market; create a website and attract visitors to browse and buy; protect intellectual property and trade online covering all legal requirements.
The course will also help businesses to develop and promote a brand and build a reputation; make sales online and off with a high profile pop-up; get business basics in place including logistics, sales, marketing, social media and finances and make useful connections to support growth.
Enterprising Barnsley is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £3,015,276 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.