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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.

Check to see if you are eligible for Invest NI E-commerce funding.

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