Network aims to help firms exploit online opportunities

Leading banking and technology companies have joined with the British Chambers of Commerce and the DTI to set up the first ever support network of eBusiness Clubs to encourage SMEs to do business online.

Leading companies in the technology and banking sectors have partnered with the British Chambers of Commerce and the DTI led programme, UK online for business, to set up the first ever support network of eBusiness Clubs to help more SMEs do business online.

The cross sector partnership is a collaboration between UK online for business, BT, Cisco Systems Ltd, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lloyds TSB Bank and Chambers of Commerce and reportedly seeks to strengthen public confidence in online trading and to remove the technological barriers that small firms face in doing business online.

The UK-wide initiative will see the initial creation of 16 eBusiness Clubs to support and encourage firms to use technology to succeed in business.

Companies that join the clubs will receive information, guidance and practical business solutions to help firms integrate e-commerce solutions into everyday business processes.

Facilitated by 16 participating Chambers of Commerce across the UK, the clubs will meet at a local level, every month over the next year. Businesses can visit the eBusiness Clubs’ website for more information at: www.ebusinessclubs.co.uk

‘Through working closely with small businesses we have gained a great insight in to the barriers to technology adoption,’ said Mike Langston, Managing Director, BT Small & Medium Enterprises. ‘The eBusiness Clubs will help people unlock the potential of technology and fully exploit it to grow their businesses.’