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Develop your digital skills and knowledge to help your business grow.

E-Business uses digital technologies such as digital marketing and e-commerce to help your business to become more effective.

How the E-Business Programme will help you

You will have a dedicated business advisor who is an expert in supporting SMEs and all areas of E-Business and will explore with you how the E-Business support programme can help your business. Your advisor will help you to carry out an audit of your business and develop a tailored programme of support specific to your business needs to help you implement E-Business solutions.

Assess your business

Your advisor will help you to carry out a skills audit of your staff to identify the skills and knowledge of your employees and arrange training where any gaps are identified.

Implement your digital tools

Your advisor will support you to implement and use your new E-Business tools to benefit your business. This may include taking on new staff or a ‘digital apprentice’ and your advisor can guide you through this process. Your advisor will continue to work with you to ensure that you benefit from the improvements you make to your business.

So what is e-business?

  • Web and CMS: Software to allow you to control the content of your website and keep it up to date.
  • SEO: Strategies and techniques to increase the visibility of your business on search engines such as Google.
  • Digital Business Tools: Systems that enable you to manage your business digitally such as CRM or accounting software.
  • Cloud subscription and backups: Digital tools are available on the cloud for a small fee and can be accessed remotely.
  • Social Media for business: Virtual networks for your business such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Online trading: Ways to take orders and receive payments over the internet.
  • Cyber Security and Data Protection: Creating Virtual Private Networks, protecting your data and that of your customers, keeping up to date with new threats.

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Free business support

Find out more about the free support available through the E-Business support programme for SMEs in the London boroughs of Newham, Havering and Barking and Dagenham.