Amazon to bring its academy initiative to Wales

Technology giant Amazon is to bring its academy event to Wales, supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country.

Registrations are now open for the first ever Welsh Amazon Academy event, which will take place on September 11th at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Organised in partnership with BeTheSpark, it’ll provide entrepreneurs and SMEs with free workshops, tips and insights about how to use e-commerce to grow their business, boost export sales and improve customer experience.

Experts in business, technology and marketing from Enterprise Nation, the Department for International Trade, Be the Spark and Be The Business will deliver workshops.

Baroness Fairhead CBE, minister of state for trade and export promotion, said: “Evidence shows that UK companies are succeeding globally following a growing demand for our goods and services, with UK exports reaching a record high of over six hundred billion in the year to March 2018.

“I’m delighted to Amazon working with DIT to help boost SME exports in Wales and help businesses of all sizes to seize the global opportunities on offer.

“This includes an increase in the export finance support on offer and the launch of new online tools to help companies match their products with potential new markets.”

Founded in 2016, the Amazon Academy has supported more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and SMEs in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle.

Research commissioned by Amazon UK and Enterprise Nation shows that SMEs that implement e-commerce initiatives experience higher revenue growth.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon, said: “We’re seeing record numbers of Welsh businesses sell their products to customers around the world, taking their business from local to global.

“Currently Welsh businesses employ more than 3,000 people to support their sales activities on Amazon and we’d like to see this grow. Through the Amazon Academy we want to help small businesses in Wales grow online to help build a stronger economy and create even more jobs in the region.”

Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, added: “Websites like Amazon are a great way for SMEs in Wales to break into international markets, and Amazon’s Academy perfectly mirrors our mission to help local SMEs grow their business online.

“Businesses can reach their true potential by embracing digital technology for export sales, and I’m looking forward to meeting hundreds of SMEs and entrepreneurs at the event in Wales as we help them expand their horizons with talks, workshops and more.”