Develop Your Ecommerce Website
Dumfries and Galloway Council and Business Gateway would like to encourage retailers to develop Ecommerce sites to make their businesses more resilient and sustain the high streets of our local towns.
This Ecommerce Support Programme (ESP) will provide each successful applicant a 12 month free subscription to Shopify, which has 4 million Ecommerce websites around the world and 2 days of bespoke 1-2-1 set-up and training support. The applicant will also have access to online Ecommerce training via Business Gateway webinars.
What does this involve?
All applications require a completed application form.
The award of the programme will be decided by a panel of advisers on a case-by-case basis.
The Initiative will operate on a first-come-first-served basis until the funding to operate it is exhausted.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible if you
- are an existing retail outlet operating from a commercial premises in the Dumfries & Galloway Council area.
- are the owner or majority shareholder of the business and can sign on its behalf.
What does this cost?
There is no cost for the programme.
How long does this take?
After you submit your completed form and any supporting documents, you must meet (by phone or video) with a business adviser from Dumfries & Galloway’s Business Gateway to discuss your application. You should receive a decision on your application within 5 working days of meeting with the adviser.
To secure your Ecommerce Support Programme, you must complete an application form, and registration with Business Gateway and submit all supporting documentation.
All business sectors and commercial types can be considered, including sole traders, partnerships, limited companies.
You will need to provide:
- UTR code or Company Registration number for the business.
- Identification – a valid driving licence or passport.
- Proof of trading address – your Non Domestic Rates reference