Amazon Academy programme for rural SMEs launched in Scotland
In partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International, we’re running a series of free workshops in Aberdeen, Dumfries, Inverness and Selkirk this year to help rural SMEs grow their revenue, enhance their productivity and boost their exports.
Run in association with Enterprise Nation, the Amazon Academy programme is a series of UK events that provide hands-on, practical advice to help SMEs succeed in the digital economy, in particular by boosting their productivity and growing their revenue and export sales.
With the right skills small businesses have the power to sell around the world with just a laptop, internet connection and a great product or idea. That’s why we’ve launched a £1m SME Apprenticeship Fund and new Amazon Academy programme - to help small businesses succeed in the digital age.
Amazon has partnered with Enterprise Nation to launch Clicks and Mortar, a new programme to help small businesses grow on both the high street and online.
Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy, making up over 99 per cent of all UK businesses and providing 60 per cent of UK private sector employment.
Helping SMEs export and use innovation to grow their business were the main themes today at our Amazon Academy held at the EICC in Edinburgh.
Small business owners heard from experts including the founder of Enterprise Nation, Damian Waters from the CBI North West, Grace Blakeley from think tank IPPR North, and Michael Taylor from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Welsh businesses achieved export sales of more than £100m last year by selling on Amazon, helping to support more than 3,000 jobs in Wales.