£500 Grants on Offer to 100 SMEs in Need of Online Presence

As many as two million sole traders and small companies have missed out on £1.5bn of Cyber Weekend online sales* in the past week according to the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills. As a result, www.nettl.com are offering £50,000 of web development grants to 100 SMEs to help them get online. The £500 grants on offer are design to give smaller businesses the leg up they might need to start selling online.

www.nettl.com, the new high street design studio, is supporting small businesses with a free one-hour consultation for up to 100 local small businesses in Birmingham, Manchester, Dublin and London and a £500 grant off a Nettl:Commerce online web shop before 23rd December 2014.

Many of the UK’s small and medium sized companies have so far missed out on the cyber spending in December due to their lack of online presence, and according to the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills more than half of customers (55%) say they find it hard to support local businesses when they simply can’t find them online.

“Our clients tell us they know they need to sell online, but find it difficult knowing where to start. They hear about how expensive web development is and worry that they are going to get ripped off. It’s our mission to remove the black magic and mystery of ecommerce and help small businesses to just start selling online,” said Peter Gunning, CTO of Nettl.

“To show our support for SMEs, we’re offering any local business who signs up for a no-obligation consultation a £500 grant towards the cost of their web shop.”

“We’re so confident that our web shops will make a difference that we’ll even offer clients the option to pay their website over 12 months, so that with just a few orders, they can cover their costs.

“Championing small businesses is at the heart of Nettl’s ethos.”

If you are a small business in Manchester, Birmingham, London or Dublin, visit www.nettl.com to find your local studio and reference the £500 grants on offer.

small business missing online sales

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales saw a record £1.5bn in sales.

*Black Friday online sales calculated at £810m, Cyber Monday online sales £720m according to Department of Business, Innovation & Skills

Free Font Friday: SciFly

We’re here people, the penultimate font of our Free Font Friday.

Next week is something really special that we can’t wait to give away, but we must! So as to not leave you disappointed, we’ve cooked up this snazzy little number. SciFly is great for a multitude of different uses.

By downloading the above link, you’re treating yourself to a new font in OpenType (OTF) format for use on your Mac or PC. It also includes webfonts in TTF, SVG, EOT and WOFF formats, suitable for use on your website. Before you say it, we know, we are too kind. Cloud Control is yours to use however you like. So feel free to pop it on a leaflet, online or for your clients new company. It’s free… forever. You lucky, lucky things. Take a look at what you’re treating yourself to.



Don’t thank us, pay it forward! Nettl web studios

Cloud Control is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution v3.0 Licence which allows you to use it for any purpose, even commercially.

Mobile websites, kind of a big thing

According to figures released by IMRG and Capgemini, September this year was the point when more websites were visited on mobiles than using desktops.

The data shows 52% of all traffic to the retail sector came from Smartphones and tablets, meaning that its more important than ever to make sure your businesses website adapts for mobile use.


Wow, that’s an embarrassing website.

Is your website letting you down by not adapting for all types of viewing media? At Nettl, we make all our websites mobile or ‘responsive’ first, so you’ll never be left embarrassed by how your site views on a Smartphone or tablet.

We have studios in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Dublin, so get in touch with your nearest studio to arrange a free 1 hour consultation on your site. So why not make sure your site is a mobile website and not an eyesore.


Mobile ready websites!

James Lowes, Fanny the Penguin website fail

Fanny the Penguin

Fanny the Penguin

Maybe your website isn’t as embarrassing as James Lowes, but how easy is it to navigate on your mobile? Do you need to pinch and zoom and pan and scale? If you do, then so do your visitors. And that’s awkward. It could be losing you business.

Take a look at your site now on your phone. Now look at your competitor’s. Is your site easy to navigate? Is theirs?

We crossed a tipping point last month. According to research from Capgemini, 52% of visits are now from mobiles or tablets. If your site isn’t built with mobile in mind, you risk turning away customers. With a Nettl :one site, get a website that works on mobile, tablet and desktop in one.

Nettl is now open in Manchester, Birmingham, London and Dublin. We build elegant websites and webshops. Want to add online bookings or reservations? Or want to sell online? We can help. Pop-in or call us to book a free consultation and we’ll show you how to get started.