Amazon and Enterprise Nation launch small business accelerator

23rd June 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

Enterprise Nation, the small business support network, and Amazon are launching the Amazon Small Business Accelerator, a major support package for more than 200,000 small businesses and startups across the UK.

In response to COVID-19 and the impact of the economic lockdown on small businesses, the Accelerator will launch with a free online training programme to help 200,000 businesses at every stage. From today, businesses can take a quick online diagnostic test to find the learning path that best fits with the current stage of their business – ‘Start’, ‘Grow’ or ‘Turbo’.

As part of the Accelerator, Amazon and Enterprise Nation will run week-long bootcamps to provide additional, tailored personal training and expertise for up to 1,000 mostly offline startups and small businesses to help them trade online. Businesses across fashion, beauty & wellbeing, food & drink, services, and home & leisure will join a 5 day live online course with access to experts and peer to peer networking. Bootcamp participants can also access 12 months of support from a wide range of accredited advisors covering topics on marketing, operations and managing finances.

The first ever virtual Amazon Academy is taking place on Friday 26 June – a free two-hour event to introduce businesses to the world of selling online – ideal for people who want to learn more before they embark on the Amazon Small Business Accelerator. Entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den investor Jenny Campbell will be sharing her business story and insights on what entrepreneurs should consider when looking for investments and scaling a business. The event will also include industry leaders and talks from Amazon experts on the best ways to address the business challenges presented by the health crisis.

Aston spoke to Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation to discuss about the launch of the new Small Business Accelerator to support more than 200,000 UK startups and small businesses in response to COVID-19.

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