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 Online, Get Your Business Online For Dummies and 50 Top Tips To Building A Winning Website
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
News, advice and guides to making the most of social media for your small business – and especially for getting to grips with new platforms.
There’s a great case study with a small business and how they used social media scheduling to build a presence online, and a guide to creating a social media schedule of your own – a really useful tool to save time. Also advice on choosing the best images to use on social media, and how to perfect customer service using your digital channels.
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.
Free online resources covering all things IT or digital that a small business would need to get started online. Guides include building & designing a website, selling online, getting the most from being online, ensuring safety when online and using online communications such as email.
The blog also covers news and trends in the digital world to keep abreast of any changes and how they may affect your small business.
Advice on making the most of SEO and blogging. Stevie Phil talks through all the benefits of blogging as a small business – from learning new skills to expanding your networks. He also hosted a really useful webinar for SEMrush on creating a blog strategy. This covers planning a campaign, involving guest blogger, promoting content on social media and scheduling the content.
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Leeds Central Library BIPC
Free workshops, support and information in getting your small business online. The Enterprise Club offers networking sessions focused on a digital skills – such as engaging with current customers and reaching out to new customers through key social media platforms.
Shopify’s wide range of free tools, videos and resources help a small business get set up for selling online. Their free tools are really useful to protect both the small business and the customer in e-commerce – such as template documents for Refunds, T&Cs, Invoices and lots more. There’s also tools to work out how your products should be priced and to work how much you would pay in Merchant fees for each transaction.
Their YouTube channel has step-by-step videos for setting up an e-commerce store, and there’s plenty more on creating a marketing strategy for your small business.
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PayPal’s Small Business Quick Tip Videos are informative and useful tips to help a small business prepare to sell online. The bite-size videos cover topics such as making your website mobile-friendly and pretty, learning about using SEO to get your website found by customers and earning customer trust – great ideas for getting more digital!
Facebook offers free online tools & resources for small biz in their ‘Learn How’ portal. Facebook’s ‘Learn How’ modules offer: basics of Facebook ads, measuring results and making effective ads – from beginner to advanced. Facebook also offers tools and tips for building and managing a Facebook page for your small business.
Want to know more about using Facebook for small business? Visit their ‘Learn How’ portal for free tools & resources! Website
Shake Social is a go-to small business for some top social media marketing tips.
Shake Social offer small businesses social media support, training & management – a great digital support for any and every kind of small business. Follow them on Twitter with @shakesocial for top tips and sign up to their newsletter for brilliant advice on using social media most effectively for your small business.
Twitter UK&I SME
Twitter UK&I SME is dedicated to helping small businesses succeed with Twitter and help their businesses grow.
Their blog offers tips on digital marketing, advice on how to utilise Twitter for your small business and you can also view free webinars. Follow them on Twitter with @TwitterUKI_SME for daily tips, links to articles and ideas. Twitter is a great place to learn how to start digital conversations with potential & current clients – so no better place to start their dedicated small business account.
ICAEW Business Advice Service
ICAEW Business Advice Service offers free, impartial advice for start-ups and small businesses on e-commerce & being smarter online. From the Business Advice Service you can also receive free business advice sessions for small business on a wide range of topics, including how to be a successful e-business overseas.
Conferences and workshops to bring businesses together to discuss all the brilliant of digital!
The Digital DNA Conference in June in Belfast will host speakers and conversations on how current and emerging technologies can impact a small business – with plenty of opportunity for networking with others on the same path.
They also host Digital Tourism: highlighting how important digital technology is to the sustainability and growth of businesses delivering within the tourism and hospitality sector – workshops include social media strategy, SEO and content.
First Stop Shop
Provides information and support to startups and small business to help them grow.
They are hosting #DigiDayWest in May – a place for small businesses to learn and take inspiration from talks about social media, and in particular Twitter, improving your search engine rankings, online brand and reputation and digital strategy advice. The event will give small businesses an insight into how they can use digital marketing to maximise their businesses sales, growth and reach.
Derry & Strabane Council
Growing the Digital Economy initiative: access to mentoring and support for both digital and non-digital small businesses. Using digital literacy masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring support they support small businesses to implement digital technology into the business.
They also host the Digital Derry conference in June which is a great place for advice and inspiration in how to use digital to reach even more markets.
Digital support, mentoring and resources for small businesses. They offer advice in how to make the most of e-commerce for a small business and to expand outside the UK to increase sales – a very beneficial digital skill! There’s articles and free workshops to learn more – visit their website for more information and registration.
NI Business Info
Easy-to-follow articles and step-by-step guides to getting and benefitting from online. Information covers using email, why a website is so important, the basics of e-commerce and much more. Take a look at the videos which explain more about what you need to make sure is covered when selling online – from taxes to data security.
Small business offering brilliant advice and help to other small businesses building their websites and online presence. Check out Canary Dwarf’s Q&A section for tips on many bits of website best practice you always wanted to ask – such as ideal image size. They also have a huge amount of free resources in the ‘Knowledgebank’ and Tutorials where you can learn more about doing the most for your small business via your website and social media.
Their blog shares lots of tips to brighten and improve a small business website – from writing better content to joining in with trends such as the Rugby World Cup to better your small business. Join them on Facebook for up-to-date news and trends in social media – an easy way to learn a little bit more about how it could work best for you.
Free resources for helping small businesses strengthen their online presence. There’s advice for getting more sales through platforms such as eBay.co.uk, as well as building your own website to bring greater sales – including building credibility and trust with customers.
Helpful and simple ‘whitepapers’ in the resource section of their website: guides to using social to make more sales, understanding how to transfer your small business marketing to digital and best practice for sending emails that get opened.
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.
Easy tool to thrive with digital marketing – make customised Facebook business page, beautiful looking content for social media advertising. What’s more, their page is packed with resources, advice and tips on using fonts, videos and hashtags to make your digital presence even stronger, as well as a blog that has lots of tips for best practice.
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.
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
Social media consultancy with lots of great ideas for a small business to use social media differently. Check out this really easy guide to setting up a Twitter poll – a great way to better know you customers.
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.
Talk Talk Business
Guides and information for all the ways for a small business to get online: broadband, phone and online security, as well as useful webinar videos on developing an online presence and step-by-step guides to some invaluable digital basics such as sending emails.
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Resources for small businesses looking to take their business digital: video guides to pretty much everything you might want to do digitally: from email marketing, jargon busting guides to common digital words such as ‘hosting’ and ’email client’, website building, transferring a domain name and much more. A great resource for any small business wanting to teach themselves more about digital and transfer the skills to their business.
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.
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.
A review site and app that connects people with great local businesses, provides you with a free suite of tools to showcase your business and connect you to the Yelp community. Check out their free guide to help you get started: The Secret to Business Success with User Review Sites.
There are lots of great tips available on our Blog for Business Owners and tonnes of resources available in our dedicated Business Owner Support Centre.
Online guides and resources to help a small business embrace digital, tools for learning about marketing, social media, websites and much more about the practicalities of setting up or running a small business.
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