Businesses get helping hand to boost sales

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INDEPENDENT high street retailers yet to embrace the online world will be able to get a helping hand thanks to free courses.

Chichester District Council is working with the local enterprise partnership, Coast to Capital, and charity People 1st to offer the workshops.

The funding has come from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

The courses will provide retailers with the confidence, skills and tools needed to help create a strong online presence.

Topics include using social media.

A number of companies in the Chichester area have already been given a boost from the scheme.

Among them is Shore Watersports Limited, based in East Wittering.

Marketing manager Henry Churchill said: ‘Our updated mobile site went live before Christmas.

‘It helped us achieve a higher level of sales.’

For more information call 01243 534669.