Amazon launches scheme to support small business and startups


Amazon is launching its Small Business Accelerator to help small businesses during the pandemic (Photo: Clearbox Communications)

The Amazon Small Business Accelerator offers a free online training programme to help small businesses as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis and the economic impact of lockdown.

Victor Pulido, general manager of Amazon in Peterborough, commented: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy in Peterborough and by helping them we can help families, communities and the UK bounce back more quickly.

“Amazon in Peterborough is passionate about supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses, with more than half of all products sold on Amazon stores coming from our selling partners. Many businesses have found their way through the crisis by providing goods and services online. Now the Amazon Small Business Accelerator with Enterprise Nation will provide thousands of offline and online businesses with the skills, tools and support they need to succeed in the digital world, to reach customers through Amazon or any other service.”

As part of the programme, Amazon and Enterprise Nation will run week-long bootcamps to provide additional, tailored personal training and expertise for up to 1,000 offline startups and businesses to help them trade online. Participants of these bootcamps can also access 12 months of support from a wide range of accredited advisors across topics like marketing, operations and managing finances.

The first ever virtual Amazon Academy is taking place on Friday, June 26. This is a free two-hour event to introduce businesses to the world of selling online and is ideal for those who want to learn more before they sign up for the Amazon Small Business Accelerator.

Small businesses can find out more about the scheme, as well as how to sign up and what benefits will be offered, from the Enterprise Nation website.