LOCKDOWN in the UK continues to force many businesses to close, but it is the small businesses that have ‘suffered the most’.

Wrexham Tech, a web design agency in Wrexham, has recently been helping businesses with free help and advice on how they can grow their online presence.

According to the National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses (FSB), small businesses account for three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK private sector. In a recent study by Nucleus Commercial Finance, they predict that a third of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be forced to permanently close by the end of 2021 if the current lockdown is extended.

With many businesses still facing reduced demand, depleted cash reserves, and continued uncertainty, businesses are beginning to recognise the importance of being able to sell their products and services on the Internet.

The pandemic has accelerated the shift towards a more digital world, and new marketing strategies are now vital for businesses to survive and thrive amidst these trying times.

Penycae’s Nathan Roberts, the owner of Wrexham Tech, said: “I don’t think any business could plan for what 2020 had in store. I understand that businesses are trying to navigate through a very tricky time, and I want to help in any way I can.

“Businesses in all industries are continuing to face immense challenges in these turbulent times.

“I am talking to more and more businesses that are looking to branch out into the online space, but do not know where to start. With traditional retail channels closed to many small businesses, taking business online has been their only source of revenue.

“When it comes to web design, ranking your website organically and paid advertising, the amount of information out there is overwhelming, and in many cases a minefield. I understand that many businesses have been trying to learn as they go.

“Whether you are a service, a brick and mortar business or a retailer selling locally, we are offering free help and advice to businesses wanting to start and grow online. If this is something you might be interested in, please get in touch.”

Nathan told the Leader he wants to help businesses survive the pandemic and thrive thereafter.

He said the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has altered how, when, and where we shop and what we buy, and many businesses have realised this, but the amount of information out there on web design, paid advertising and increasing a website's visibility is ‘overwhelming’, and in many cases a ‘minefield’.

He added: “Many local businesses in all industries are still facing immense challenges in these turbulent times, so if I can help even one business that would be amazing.”

More information can be found online at https://www.wrexhamtech.co.uk