Do you only sell your products online but wish to have a high street presence, minus the high
costs that come with setting up shop?
If so, luck is on your side as Amazon just launched their first ‘Clicks and Mortar’ pop-up shop in
Manchester early this week and are on the way to opening nine more in Wales, Scotland, the
Midlands, Yorkshire, and the south-east of England.
The year-long programme, which will see 100 small online businesses on the high street for the
first time, is a partnership between Amazon, Enterprise Nation, Direct Line for Business, and
Square; all are staunch supporters of small and medium-sized businesses.
Doug Gurr, country manager at Amazon UK, said of the pilot:
“Small businesses are one of our most important customer groups, and we’re thrilled to work
with Enterprise Nation to design a comprehensive package to help entrepreneurs across the UK
grow their businesses – both in-store and online.”
Benefit from Amazon’s apprenticeship fund and free digital training
Aside from helping online sellers get their products on the high street for potential customers to
see, experience, and buy, Amazon also launched a £1-million SME Apprenticeship Fund to help
small businesses on the Amazon marketplace upskill their workforce.
That’s not all. If you’re an Amazon seller, you can attend free digital trainings at the Amazon
Academy and get fresh insights into how to sell more and effectively on the internet.
Gurr says giving eCommerce startups a chance to experience high street retail and providing
them with free training is Amazon’s way of showing their commitment to helping small online
entrepreneurs grow and create jobs across the UK.
What’s your take on Amazon’s initiative to help online sellers grow and revive physical retail?
Let us know what you think in the comments below.
As always, to your continued success,
Dave & Matt