SMEs based in the North-East of England achieved export sales of more than £67m in the last year by selling on Amazon, according to independent research published on day of the first Amazon Academy in Newcastle.
The research conducted by economics consultancy Keystone Strategy also found that North East based SMEs employ more than 2,000 people to run their sales activities on Amazon.
The research was published to coincide with the first Amazon Academy in Newcastle, taking place today, where hundreds of local SMEs will receive advice on how to grow their export sales and succeed in the digital economy.
The Amazon Academy will offer local SMEs free workshops with information, tips and insights on how to use e-commerce to grow their business as well as boost export sales and improve their productivity through digital tools and services.
The event is run in partnership with Enterprise Nation, the Department for International Trade and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.
Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon, said: "We’re seeing record numbers of SMEs in the North East harness the power of digital to sell their products and services to customers nationally and internationally.
“Through programmes like the Amazon Academy, we want to help small businesses in Newcastle and across the North East grow their revenue, increase their productivity and boost exports, to help build a stronger economy and create more jobs in the region.”
Since launching in 2016, the Amazon Academy programme has helped over 2,000 SMEs and individuals in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester learn how to grow their businesses.
Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “Websites like Amazon are a great way for SMEs in the North East to break into international markets, and Amazon’s Academy event in Newcastle 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 Newcastle as we help them expand their horizons with talks, workshops and more.”
Colin Bell, business growth director for the North East LEP added: “The North East is a fantastic place to do business, and events like the Amazon Academy will help propel SMEs in our region to the next level by helping them learn how to export their goods and services around the world. It’s fantastic to welcome Amazon and Enterprise Nation to Newcastle for what’s sure to be an engaging, informative and educational event for business owners of all shapes and sizes.”
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