Alongside the publication of their UK SME Impact Report, Amazon have also announces the launch of their upgraded Amazon Small Business Accelerator, which will serve the evolving needs of the UK’s thriving small business community, hosted on Amazon.co.uk as an accessible and free-to-use suite of resources for all startups, entrepreneurs and small or medium-sized businesses.
Current and aspiring business leaders can now access more than 20 courses and 50+ videos of content on topics like how to build a business online, supercharging operations, growing sales and creating a social media presence, bringing the best in class from the country’s small business experts and Amazon leaders. We encourage you to take a look here.
Supporting UK small businesses to fulfil their potential remains an essential part of what we do. Today we’re proud to launch our revamped Amazon Small Business Accelerator, which will help even more small businesses across the UK. Many people told us the Accelerator was the catalyst for them to start a new business during and since the pandemic, so we are excited to see how many more we can reach with new content, events and partners. In addition, the SME Impact Report shows many small businesses are proving resilient, and thriving against a challenging backdrop, with continued sales growth at home and abroad by using Amazon’s world leading services to help them.– John Boumphrey, UK Country Manager, Amazon
The new Amazon Small Business Accelerator also includes ‘Amazon Masterclasses’ to help people learn from the company’s senior leaders about decision making, innovation, customer obsession and more; and a range of new partners including Be the Business, Planet Mark, and The Federation of Small Businesses, who will deliver online content and specialist in-depth workshops and bootcamps.
From September, Planet Mark and Amazon will host roundtables on how small businesses can improve their packaging, operational emissions and materials innovation; later this year, The Federation of Small Businesses and Amazon will run events focused on the protecting businesses from fraud, managing finances and fundraising processes.
More than 600,000 businesses have accessed the Accelerator since it started more than two years ago, in partnership with Enterprise Nation, launched as a direct response to the impact of the pandemic on the startup and SME community, with the aim of helping more than 200,000 businesses of all sizes to start and grow online.