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Amazon Academy business event for SMEs is coming to Doncaster

Amazon has announced a free event aimed at helping small businesses and entrepreneurs in Yorkshire at the iPort fulfilment centre in Doncaster this Wednesday.

Attendees will learn how to increase their online sales, reach new markets and build their brand in 2020 and beyond.

The Amazon Academy in Doncaster, run in collaboration with small business support network Enterprise Nation, will offer Yorkshire entrepreneurs insights on how to improve customer experience, boost export sales and grow their business through e-commerce. Businesses are encouraged to register now for tickets as space is limited.

People can register for tickets here.

This is the first time the Amazon Academy has been held in Doncaster. The event will feature workshops, keynote speeches and networking opportunities with Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, Be the Business, the ICAEW and more, together with advice and help for local SMEs from experts in business, technology and marketing.

“Some of the brightest and most inventive businesses in the country hail from Yorkshire and this is why Doncaster felt like a natural home for our latest Amazon Academy event,” said Adam Banks, site leader at the Amazon iPort fulfilment centre.

“We’re excited to welcome hundreds of small businesses and entrepreneurs to our fulfilment centre to help them grow by embracing e-commerce.”

Since launching in 2016, the Amazon Academy has helped over 3,000 SMEs and entrepreneurs across the UK learn how to grow their businesses through greater digital adoption. It forms a part of the company’s ongoing efforts to help SMEs from across the UK grow their businesses, in particular by boosting their e-commerce and export sales.

Amazon offers a suite of services to help businesses export their products and services, including providing global delivery and distribution, managing customer services in the local language and translating hundreds of millions of product listings each year on behalf of smaller businesses. As a result, eight in ten UK-based businesses selling on Amazon now export abroad, with more than half of all sales on Amazon’s global sites coming from smaller, independent businesses.

Emma Jones, founder, small business support network Enterprise Nation, said: “Amazon Academy events like this one in Doncaster wonderfully empower small local businesses. They make breaking into overseas markets and exporting products an achievable reality via Amazon’s mighty global delivery technology.

“Attending this event is an important step on the way to unleashing small businesses’ potential via practical help to boost international sales and increase productivity to maximise profits.”

The event will also offer guests the opportunity to attend a behind-the-scenes tour of the Amazon iPort fulfilment centre. Event attendees will see what happens when you click “buy”’ on Amazon. Attendees can choose from either a pre event tour from 8.30am in the morning or a lunchtime tour offered from 1.10pm.

Members of the public who are not attending the Academy can also sign up for a free tour of Amazon at www.amazon.co.uk/fctours. The tours are open to anyone over the age of six years old. Each tour lasts about one hour, and the maximum number of participants is 25 people.

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