Reduce Costs

Dot UK

The .uk domain provides UK businesses with their own unique domain - UK values with a global reach. Dot UK provides useful, free resources for small businesses looking to get online and do more online. Check out the FSB Guide To Growing Your Business OnlineGet Your Business Online For Dummies and 50 Top Tips To Building A Winning Website



Reduce Costs

There is a variety of ways to save money for your small business using online and digital tools. From plumbers to portrait artists, bakers to boxing studios - stronger digital skills will enable you to save on the costs of running your business.
HMRC webinars to complete self-assessment tax returns

Social Media Makes Sense

Tips and tricks make sense of social media for small business - from thinking about why to use social media at all to making the most of visual tools such as Instagram and business platforms like LinkedIn.

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Wix

Online support pages for building a small business website step-by-step. Everything is covered: building a blog, sending newsletters, setting up an online store and SEO for your site.

The Wix blog has lots of great tips for improving a website - from adapting the design to suit your small business brand, easy tricks to help your website stand out online and new trends in social media to utilise.

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Blog

Mail Chimp

Online guides to using email marketing: advice on how making some small changes to a small business website or email can reap big rewards - and talks through exactly how to do this. The MailChimp Knowledge Base gives a full glossary all on the digital marketing terms to help build confidence in using email marketing! There's video tutorials that go through how to set up step-by-step.

Beginners

MaiChimp Guides

Red Website Design

Blog filled with pointers on how to improve a small business digital presence: how to get more leads from your website, improve SEO to best work with the 2016 changes, how to write email signatures and choosing colours for your brand. There's also lots of social media information - covering LinkedIn, Pinterest and building a marketing strategy with Twitter.

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Udemy

Online range of courses for getting more digital for your small business. There's lots of free courses to help a small business build themselves online - from HTML and graphic design, to building a marketing strategy and social media presence. You can learn at your own pace, and most come from beginner level so no matter what your experience, there's something to learn!

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Startacus

The Start Up Toolkit contains lots of information for a start up or established small business - marketing, branding, social media, design - as well as doing finances online and creating a strategy.

The Startacus online community platform also allows a small business to share ideas and news - and enables making connections with new small businesses and people through digital!

Toolkit

Community

LinkedIn

Online guides for making the most of their platform. Read advice on improving or building on your small business' marketing, branding or sales using digital skills. If you're looking to hire for your small business, there's lots of ways to make the process as easy and cost-effective as possible with digital tools - read LinkedIn's free guides!

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Canva

Online portal "Design School" - step-by-step guides to designing and creating brilliant visual content for your small business using digital skills.

Tutorials include creating a logo, choosing fonts, building a brand and design for social media. There's also tips on designing eye-catching and professional emails, Facebook and Twitter banners and templates to create flyers.

The Canva blog has lots of tips and cheatsheets which are really useful for a small business looking to brush-up on their digital brand - for example picking the best image sizes for different social media channels.

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Bright Pig SEO

Blog is filled with articles on digital marketing for a small business. Not sure why digital marketing is so important? Read their straightforward guide through it! There's also advice on the basics of SEO, social media management tips and how & why to start blogging. All brilliant articles to get more confident with digital marketing.

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Bit Pod

Videos guides to creating videos for small business online marketing - how to film, edit, upload and share the content. Also covered are the basics of why video should be included in an online marketing strategy.

Their blog is packed with tips for the back-of-house of video production: optimising SEO for videos, choosing equipment and platforms to share the videos on.

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Videos

Superfast Essex

Range of online tools to help improve digital tools and confidence. There's a choice of free workshops for a small business, such as how to stay ahead of your competitors online, and a Digital Healthcheck tool to know how to help you better with digital.

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Company Address

Free online advice, guides and blogs for a new small business setting up. The blog gives tips on choosing a name for a small business and how to register as a LTD company. The guides talk through filling in Companies House and HMRC forms to set up a new small business - really useful skills that can be learnt at your own pace online.

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Guides to HMRC forms

Small business guides 

HMRC Online

HMRC's online webinars, videos and tools help small businesses with self-assessment.
There are a number of free webinars to seek advice that take place, mostly in January, and plenty of information on their YouTube channel. There is a handy tool that allows you to calculate your tax bill if you are self employed - very useful digital skills all year round but especially before the end of January - take a look today!
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/webinars-and-videos-about-self-assessment
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8EcnheDt1ziQSjJNRITtCf7XD_ne-_lQ
https://www.gov.uk/self-assessment-ready-reckoner

Digital Unite

Digital Unite is a website offering free technology guides, a network of computer tutors, courses and an online community.
Take a look at some of the brilliant free technology guides covering online banking, social media, internet security and many more. The online community on the Digital Unite website is a great place to gain more digital skills and share advice with other small businesses.
http://digitalunite.com/online-community

Manchester Central Library

 Manchester Central Library offers a huge amount of free resources, tools and events to help small businesses gain digital skills and grow their ventures!
The "Central Library Demonstrator" is 1 of the these services available to businesses, allowing you to get "hands-on" with a range of new technologies and equipment to support your start up or small business such as videoconferencing and 3D printing.
Check out the event page from the Business & Intellectual Property Centre for all the upcoming free events - from selling online to using cloud computing
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/500138/central_library/6316/what_you_can_do_at_central_library/5
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/business-and-intellectual-property-centre-manchester-7040932923

Dial a Geek

Dial a Geek aims to help with any IT problems in your small business.  Dial a Geek host small biz networking events with discussions on which technology and digital skills could help your productivity.

Dial a Geek has a great online blog where they share tips on cybersecurity, software updates & improving efficiency - excellent digital skills for any small business!

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Twitter

HMRC

HMRC has a portal of free small business tools on their website offers free webinars, video tutorials & live Twitter Q&As as well as email sign-ups for business advice & e-learning - really useful if you're setting up a small business or thinking about doing so!

You can also check out their blogs on digital marketing and learn about maximising Twitter for your business amongst many things - click here to visit their website.

Code Clan Scotland

Scotland's first digital academy: their website explains exactly what coding is - and most importantly why learning it is beneficial for your business! There's courses run by them to learn how to do it - and they also signpost lots of brilliant place online to learn and teach yourself.

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What is coding?

Other places to learn coding

Winchester Business Support

Range of networking and information for small businesses or those thinking of starting up. Check out Southern Entrepreneurs, Hampshire School For Social Entrepreneurs, Flourishing Business Network, Enterprise First - all can be found via Winchester City's website.

On the main Winchester website there's all free, comprehensive guides to Digital Business Skills and Social Media.

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Aldermore Bank

Simple blog articles and infographics on topics such as using social media to make more sales and finding the right digital tools to make your small business productivity soar and collaboration easier. Stay up-to-date on digital trends (and how they might benefit your small business) with Aldermore's Digital Predictions page.

Guide to useful business apps

Digital predictions

Wildflowers & Pixels

Tools and advice for small businesses looking to get or improve their website, online branding and social media. Check out the blog for tips on setting up a website on a tight budget, the best 20 tools & resources for a small business to run a  website and social media. There's also a FREE Build A Better Website 4-week series to download - crammed full of ways to make your digital presence shine even more.

Free website course
Website on a tight budget blog

Tech City UK

Offering brilliant support to both digital entrepreneurs and start ups, and all small businesses looking to gain more digital skills. The Start-Up Toolkit is a great place to start - digital tools and resources to make running a business easier, simpler and stronger.

The Digital Business Academy, Tech City's skills programme is courses to gain digital business skills - an amazing resource.

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Digital Business Academy
Start Up Toolkit

Dot London

Online resources to help you get the most out of your online presence. Ideas for creating and changing your online brand identity (also - explains what this is!) and there's some brilliant case studies of small businesses who have done this so well.

Case studies
Video: online presence

Business Is Great

Do More Online help and tools to help a small business take the next digital step: guides to using social media effectively, getting started with or improving digital marketing (with lots of ideas how!), building a website, online safety and doing business finances online.

There's also videos with experts for building an online presence - selling online with eBay.co.uk, building a business Facebook London page and many more.

Do More Online website
Expert Videos


MBJ London

London-based web & app development consulting company. Their mission is to help small businesses go digital! For great advice, take a look at the MBJ blog - for example advice on important of having a website.

http://mbj.london/the-importance-of-having-a-website/