Click here for chance to join accelerator scheme

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PEOPLE looking to set up their own online business are being offered the chance to join a free fast-track e-commerce accelerator in Barnsley.

The Click programme is being delivered by UK business start-up experts Enterprise Nation and is funded by Enterprising Barnsley, a European funded business support programme delivered by Barnsley Council.

It will provide 12 businesses with eight weeks intensive support and technical knowledge, with the aim of turning a business idea into a successful online reality.

There will also be at least 12 months of ongoing mentoring for each business as they form part of a new e-commerce hub based at Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre. Businesses will be provided with free access to the shared workspace for the duration of the programme.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “The UK has seen record numbers of people starting a business over the last four years. It’s a growing trend and it is important that we encourage and support enterprise across all regions.

“Enterprising Barnsley has been quick to embrace this to support local economic growth. By delivering an intensive boost to businesses here over the coming months we hope it will make a big difference by driving ambition and sowing the seeds for future growth and collaboration in the borough.”

To be eligible to apply applicants should have an idea for a new e-commerce business, a desire to take their existing product or service online or be within six months of trading with an online business under development.

Businesses don’t have to already be Barnsley based, but to be part of the programme they must commit to working in the e-commerce hub at the Digital Media Centre for at least 12 months.

The closing date for applications is Friday, May 1, and for more details on taking part see www.enterprisenation.com/click. The programme will start on Monday, June 8.

Tracey Johnson, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “We are delighted to be working with Enterprise Nation who will surround the chosen 12 companies with the local and national support they need.”