Businesses to get online boost from new grant scheme

A NEW Digital Selling Capability Grant aimed at generating more business online for retailers and wholesalers across the North has been launched this week – and the North-West News Group is here to help you make the most of it.

Stormont’s Minister for the Economy, Diane Dodds, said the new £1m grant scheme, operated by Invest NI, was specifically aimed at helping retail and wholesale businesses better access consumer demand and grow online sales.

She said, “For the retailer, taking business online is one of the ways it can adapt to any current limitations and continue to sell to their customers. Going online will also open up opportunities to reach new markets and new consumer demand.”


It will provide a maximum grant of £20,000 to eligible small and medium-sized retailers to support 50 per-cent of eligible costs.

Projects must have a minimum eligible expenditure of £10,000.

Linsay Fenton (pictured below), Digital Development Manager at the Ulster Herald and North-West News Group, said the announcement of the Digital Selling Capability Grant was an “excellent step in the right direction” to get local businesses online.

Linsay Fenton, of North-West News Group: The Digital Selling Capability Grant is an “excellent step in the right direction” to get local businesses online.

She said, “Here at North-West News Group we are able to provide advice and support to get your local business online as well as help those of you already trading online to match your business with our engaged online audience via our websites, social media channels and PDF editions.”

The digital guru added, “If you want to connect your shop front with a captive audience of over 600,000, then register your interest at or speak to one of our team on (028) 82243444.

“Our new range of exciting digital packages means we have a solution to suit every business.”


North-West News Group has a huge engaged online audience. Let us help your business target them.

The first call for applications for the Covid-19 Digital Selling Capability Grant runs until Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Full details on the scheme and eligibility criteria are available on the nibusinessinfo website at Covid-19 Digital Selling Capability Grant.

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