A new UK Government campaign includes £2 million for Local Enterprise Partnerships to help micro-businesses and sole traders increase their online presence.

As part of the ‘Do More Online’ campaign, measures include:

  • £2 million of funding to 22 projects through Local Enterprise Partnerships to help small businesses increase their digital presence. Projects include the development of a digital TV channel in Manchester which provides easily-accessible and cost-effective advice to businesses, supported by events, advice and networking sessions
  • resources and advice available on how small businesses can Do More Online or by calling the business support helpline on 0300 456 3565
  • government working in partnership with Go ON UK to provide resources specifically for small businesses

Exact UK, HP, Microsoft, Telefonica, The Coalition For A Digital Economy and Virgin Media Business have also endorsed the ‘Do More Online’campaign.

BIS Entrepreneur-in-Residence Simon Devonshire said:

British businesses should consider having a presence online as more important than having an office landline telephone number. Online is the new landline. A landline number used to be a mark of authenticity for businesses. The move to a digital economy has meant consumers are more likely to trust a business with a website and consider a business more credible if they offer the ability to transact seamlessly online.

Government research suggests that nearly 2 million UK businesses are not online, and of those that do have an online presence; over two-thirds are not transactional. I cannot think of a business to whom being on-line is not now vital to their trade, irrespective of their ambition to grow. I think those businesses that embrace the digital opportunity are improving their opportunity to reduce costs, to scale-up, and possibly even export – giving a further boost to the UK economy.

London Corporate provides a package of support for businesses wishing to develop and protect their on-line presence including terms of business, trademark protection and domain registration and protection.