Invest NI has just announced an exciting new opportunity to help retail micro-businesses move online.
The Micro-business E-commerce grant has up to £3m of support available to help retailers grow their business online.
Announcing the new funding package, Economy Minister Diane Dodds said:
“The ongoing restrictions and current closure of our high streets means that many businesses need to pivot to online selling. For micro-businesses, this can be a big step and this grant will help those with some basic online presence to develop this into a full online retail solution. In doing so, the scheme will support these smaller retailers to develop and grow their customer base and find new markets.”Diane Dodds
How much funding will I receive?
If you are eligible, you will be able to receive a maximum grant of £5,000 towards up to 80 per cent of eligible costs.
Some of the eligible activities covered by the scheme include:
- Reviewing current digital marketing capabilities and online sales channels
- Develop an e-commerce strategy
- Develop your e-commerce website to drive sales
- Improve digital marketing and e-commerce capability of employees
Be quick to apply!
COVID-19 Micro-business E-commerce Grant will be issued to eligible businesses on a first-come-first-served basis – so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
Invest NI has made £3m available to help retail micro-businesses move online
The grant application process opens from 6 pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 and closes as soon as the available budget is allocated – or on the closing date of 6 pm on Friday 12th March 2021.
Belfast web design and development
Business Aide web designers and developers can design a custom website for you, tailored to the needs of your business. Whether you need to start selling your products online through a fully functional e-commerce website, or you need help with search engine optimisation (SEO) – we can help.
Contact Leanne to arrange a consultation.