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Free digital support for small businesses

Ealing Council is supporting small businesses and sole traders in Ealing with a free digital support programme, Ealing Trades Online.

The unique programme is bringing our local businesses expert support using a range of methods, such as one-to-one calls, personalised advice, guidance and online interactive webinars.

We have partnered with SaveTheHighStreet.org and Upskill Digital to bring you advice and training in areas such as:

  • Setting up your online presence
  • Increasing your online and offline sales
  • Building a website
  • Saving time through digital tools
  • Growing your audience on social media
  • Running a crowdfunding campaign
  • Producing engaging video content
  • Offering your customers local delivery
  • Preventing cyber-crime
  • Ranking higher in Google
  • Selling through online marketplaces.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Cabinet Member for Decent Living Incomes says: “The pandemic has shown now, more than ever, businesses need to be online. For most shoppers, if you’re not online, you might as well not exist – an online presence is essential, especially for small businesses and sole traders. Our carefully prepared business support programme has been created with local businesses in mind to give them the tools, help and confidence to get their business online and thrive.”

“Whether it’s a listing on Google, or making the most of Etsy and Facebook, take the big first step and see your businesses grow by signing up our free business support programme.“

The free digital support programme is part of the government’s additional restrictions grant scheme, a discretionary fund awarded to Ealing Council to support local businesses cope with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The programme is designed to respond to business needs and priorities as they adapt to an evolving economy.


Join the series of online webinars, part of the Ealing Trades Online programme. Sign up to receive email business updates from the council to find out when the next one will be.

Get your business online

Register for this free support programme if you are a sole trader or a business in Ealing (with less than 250 members of staff).

Good jobs for Ealing

Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs is the council’s action plan that sets out the short-term actions that are needed to help Ealing’s economy recover from the pandemic. The plan sets out a number of key priorities for the council and its partners including helping residents into gainful employment by making it easier for them to find jobs, retrain and develop new skills for growth sector employment. Focus will also be on protecting and nurturing existing businesses and encouraging local employers to work with the council to create good jobs.

Ealing’s Plan for Good Jobs is the council’s commitment to help the borough get back on its feet and create a sustainable economy.

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