Get your small business trading online in just eight weeks - with the E-Commerce Launchpad programme.

The E-Commerce Launchpad is the only programme for food & drink SMEs in the UK which delivers practical training culminating in a fully-operational e-commerce website.

The programme – which is delivered online – consists of eight sessions which arm businesses with the fundamentals of e-commerce while acting as a step-by-step Shopify website build.

At the end of the programme, each food & drink business will own a hosted e-commerce website and will have the knowledge to become an on online trading superstar.

The programme consists of:

  • One-to-one sessions, which include a situation analysis audit to help us understand a business’ state of readiness for operating online

  • Cohort sessions, which map out individual website requirements and promote peer-to-peer learning and support. This culminates in each business launching its own e-commerce website

  • Group-wide training sessions, which introduce a range of digital marketing and logistics opportunities to generate sales.  These include practical advice on branding, social media, photography and video, search marketing and fulfilment.

  • End-of-project support sessions, which comprises one-to-one evaluations and cohort events, three months after website launches, to discuss and plan future business activity and next steps.

At the end of the programme, each participating business will:

  • Have a fully-operational e-commerce website, built on the industry-leading Shopify platform

  • Be provided with one year’s website hosting

  • Have attended multiple practical workshops on attracting and retaining customers

  • Have made valuable connections with peers at the same stage of their business journey.

About The Programme: 

The E-Commerce Launchpad was launched with South Norfolk Council, with 25 small businesses benefiting from the programme.

Quickfire Digital has also supported Barnsley Council’s e-commerce programme of support for small retailers, and provides advisory support for Norfolk County Council’s Go Digital scheme.

We have also designed and developed a number of highly successful e-commerce websites on the Shopify platform.

We are keen advocates of the peer-to-peer, collaborative approach. This is important for food & drink businesses, who will develop valuable, lifelong support networks as a result.

At each step of the programme, businesses will be learning new skills and their involvement and decisions at each critical component of the website build process gives them a much stronger likelihood of ongoing success.

A place on the E-Commerce Launchpad programme costs £4,000, which includes training, a Shopify website and one year’s website hosting.

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