As many as two million sole traders and small companies have missed out on £1.5bn of Cyber Weekend online sales* in the past week according to the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills. As a result, nettl is offering £50,000 of web development grants to 100 Manchester SMEs to help them get online.

Nettl, the new high street design studio, is supporting small businesses with a free one-hour consultation for up to 100 local small businesses in Manchester alongside a £500 grant off a Nettl:Commerce online web shop before 23rdDecember 2014.

Many of the UK’s small and medium sized companies have so far missed out on the cyber spending in December due to their lack of online presence, and according to the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills more than half of customers (55%) say they find it hard to support local businesses when they simply can’t find them online.

“Our clients tell us they know they need to sell online, but find it difficult knowing where to start. They hear about how expensive web development is and worry that they are going to get ripped off. It’s our mission to remove the black magic and mystery of ecommerce and help small businesses to just start selling online,” said John McCall of Nettl, based at Trafford Park in Manchester.

“To show our support for SMEs, we’re offering any local business who signs up for a no-obligation consultation a £500 grant towards the cost of their web shop.”

“We’re so confident that our web shops will make a difference that we’ll even offer clients the option to pay their website over 12 months, so that with just a few orders, they can cover their costs.

“Championing small businesses is at the heart of Nettl’s ethos.”

If you are a small business in Manchester, call the Trafford Park studio on 0161 848 5701 or visit www.nettl.com to find out more.

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