26 Feb How to get up to 40% funding for your online business
UPDATE (17/06/15): The North East Business Support Fund has been extended until June, after which they will be looking to roll out a new scheme in July. Visit www.nbsl.org.uk for further information.
Everyone is online these days and everyone expects you to be
online too. Okay, not everyone, but 97%
of all consumers now search for local businesses online and that’s pretty
comprehensive. Of course, you’re online right now reading this and that’s
definitely a start; but is your business online? And if it is, is it visible?
Having a business and running it entirely internet-free is
not a great way to future-proof a brand. Sure, you might be ticking over rather
healthily on word-of-mouth alone, but that might not prove to be the lucrative
channel it is now in, say, 5-10 years’ time. People are talking less in person and
more online and the brands and businesses they’re recommending are the ones
they find on the internet.
The point I’m trying to make here is that your
business needs to have an online presence, and a pretty visible one at that.
Now, I could easily spend the next ten paragraphs trying to hammer this point home,
but I won’t. Instead, I’ll use some choice statistics to do the talking for me:
68% of people are likely to spend time reading
content from a brand they are interested in. [Source]
85% of customers expect businesses to be active
on social media. [Source]
Small businesses that blog get 126% more lead
growth than small businesses that do not blog. [Source]
Companies that blog generate 67% more leads than
those that do not. [Source]
Each month, more than 329 million people read
93% of B2B marketers use content marketing. [Source]
83% of B2B marketers invest in social media to
increase brand exposure; 69% to increase web traffic; and 65% to gain market
There are more stats, but you get the idea.
Okay, I get the point, but being online is so expensive!
You’re right it is. Pea Soup Digital is one of the cheapest
top-end digital marketing companies around, but we appreciate that even we can
appear expensive for a small or medium-sized business dipping their toes in the shark infested waters of the internet for the first time.
Fortunately there’s a way to make things rather more affordable.
How does this sound:
40% grant support for a project, up to a maximum of £1,400 on
any of the services we offer?
It’s all thanks to the North East Business Support Fund
(NEBSF). Part organised by the European Regional Development Fund and managed
the fund is specifically designed help businesses like yours get online, or –
if you’re already online – boost your presence.
“We’ll give you a
grant of up to £1400 towards a project worth up to £3500 – you can use the
grant for almost any type of business support that will help your business to
grow – from marketing and web design to financial or human resources planning.”
There’s a video that explains the funding too:
Now for some even better news:
Pea Soup Digital is a
registered provider for the North East Business Support Fund.
This means that you can spend a grant of up to £1400 on a
project worth up to £3500 on our services. And let us tell you – you’ll get
some darn good services for that.
Can I apply for the fund?
Sure. As long as your business is:
An actively trading small or medium-sized
business (less than 250 staff) based in the North East
Generating turnover predominately from
Planning to grow
How do I apply?
Easy. Go here:
An online presence for your business has never been more important, and with this funding it’s never been easier.
We won’t waste any more of your time. Go ahead and apply for
your funding, get your funding and come back so that we can tailor a package
that ensures you get the most of your funding!