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Braintree District Council support local businesses with free ecommerce websites

Published on in Coronavirus

So many businesses have been affected by lockdown. Businesses which are vital local employers, businesses at the very heart of our communities. Businesses who are key to our local economic recovery…

Many of these businesses could trade online using e-commerce and delivery, which would allow them to remain open and enable them to re-employ much sooner than waiting for a full, or partial, lift on restrictions.

Braintree District Council want to bring the opportunity of ten fully funded e-commerce websites, and support marketing grants, to local businesses in the retail or hospitality sectors in the Braintree District who could trade online, but don’t have the means to do so right now.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure at Braintree District Council, said: “We know that these are extremely challenging circumstances for shops, pubs, restaurants and the hospitality industry. We believe that helping businesses develop their own e-commerce platforms will allow them to diversify, adapt, and expand their services. We want to help local businesses find new ways of working so as to safeguard as many jobs as possible and protect our local economy.”

To apply, simply visit and submit your entry online by the 20th of November 2020.  Each entry will be scored using a matrix in order to select the businesses that will receive the grant.

Additionally, businesses interested in attending a FREE Webinar on the power of paid marketing, e-commerce, and social media can visit: The sessions will run in November and are open to all businesses.

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