As the UK's coronavirus vaccination programme starts to gather momentum, there remains real concern from small and medium-sized businesses on when their business will recover, with some not expecting to return to pre-pandemic levels until summer 2022.
According to our research, 21% of SMEs say they're 'not sure' if they'll survive long enough to take advantage of any change in the current restrictions. With this in mind, we’re continuing our commitment to help businesses of all sizes adapt and thrive.
As the pandemic evolves, so does our business support programme and we continue to focus on helping the wider UK economy to get back on its feet with the following key elements:
Marketing and Public Relations Workshops and Toolkits
We’ve shared our tips and guidance on how to best market your products and services to customers, and how to share your stories with the external media to gain press coverage. Key areas of focus will include:
- Marketing best practice in the following key areas:
- Public Relations (PR) with key topics covering the following areas:
- Identifying your story
- Successfully selling your story
- Dealing with bad news
- How can social media help your business?
- Presenting and public speaking in person or virtually
Over the last few months, we brought you a programme of webinars to help guide your business and address your concerns as we adapted to the new normal. You can find all of these available to watch on demand here.
Support and guidance
In our support section, you’ll find a wealth of information, support and guidance on how to get your business through this time. As well as coronavirus help if you’ve been financially impacted and details on repaying your Bounce Back Loan.
You can find information on how we’ve been supporting businesses through the recent months in our Case Study library.
Through our Santander Group network, alliance partners and digital hubs, we can help connect you to a wealth of resources and opportunities to grow your business overseas. Read our factsheet for more information.
We’ll look to continually enhance our support programme with the changing environment, keep checking back on additional ways Santander can help you and your business Survive and Revive.
E-Commerce packages to get you trading online
We’ve teamed up with Elavon to provide a range of card acceptance services which can help you adapt to changing trading environments, while enabling you to access funds quickly with next day payment into your Santander business current account.
To help you to start trading online, Elavon is offering eShop which is a flexible eCommerce tool which provides an online shopping experience to your existing and new customers. It provides everything you need to build your own website, with the functionality to trade online and promote your business. The website builder is simple to use and has responsive design, which means it displays correctly on any device.
No matter what size your business is, Elavon and Santander can help you to navigate these uncertain times.
If you'd like further information read more or to chat through your needs with Elavon’s payments experts, call Elavon on 0800 032 8067 or enter your details today to receive a call back.