Enterprise Nation and Amazon have today announced the launch of Clicks and Mortar, a new programme which aims to help small businesses grow both in-store and online.
It will enable more than 100 small online businesses to sell on the high street in ten Clicks and Mortar shops across the UK. The first pop-shop will open on St Mary’s Gate in central Manchester today and will be followed by shops in Wales, Scotland, the Midlands, Yorkshire and across the South East.
“UK shoppers like to shop both online and in high street stores, and our intention is to help small businesses succeed by combining the best elements of online and high street retail,” said Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation.
“This new concept will provide small businesses with the space, technology and support to experience physical retail for the first time, while enabling customers to discover new brands on their local high streets.”
Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon, added: “Small businesses are one of our most important customer groups, and we’re thrilled to work with Enterprise Nation to design a comprehensive package to help entrepreneurs across the UK grow their businesses, both in-store and online. From giving up-and-coming online British brands the chance to experience physical retail to funding the training of full-time apprenticeships and helping to increase SME exports, Amazon is committed to supporting the growth of small businesses – helping them boost the economy and create jobs across the UK.”