The United Kingdom government is trying to help 100,000 small businesses to get up on the web as they are so convinced that ecommerce has such a huge role to play in the future prosperity of the country. They are hoping that by offering free web hosting services and free domain names, that more of these small businesses will build a website and get themselves online.
The number of businesses in the UK that do not have any website online is over one million at the moment. These businesses are probably losing out because of this lack of presence on the internet as most people expect to be able to find whatever they are looking for online. But if the majority of these businesses had a website of some kind, they would probably find they were making more money.
It seems likely that many small businesses will take advantage of this opportunity. The launch of the ‘Getting British Business Online’ has taken place this month, March 2010. The things on offer to those who apply to the program are a free domain name, a tool for helping to set up a website and free web hosting for two years. The web hosting provided will be of good quality and there will be full support on offer for those who have any problems. So this is a great offer for any small business who wants to get setup online but doesn’t really know how to go about it.
The UK government have been really clever by introducing this program as it will help many new businesses. There is little doubt that many of these businesses will reap the rewards and will move on from this government sponsored website to bigger and grander things. Because of the advances that have been made recently in online services, a business that is not on the web will be at a huge disadvantage.
When you decide to go into internet marketing, you should make sure that you have hosting set up beforehand. The web hosting world can be a confusing one though for a newbie. For instance, you could find reseller web hosting or even linux web hosting while searching different options.