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How to Start an
E-Commerce Business

New Course Available to Lambeth Residents

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Applications Open

05 June 2023

Course Dates

30 June - 31 July 2023

Have you ever dreamt of turning your passion into a thriving business? Thinking of developing your craft or product? Get ready to embark on an exciting journey of entrepreneurship and tap into the vast potential of e-commerce! According to research (BigCommerce), over 75% of people are shopping at least once a month online. A staggering 2.14 billion people worldwide buy goods and services online, with 5.2 trillion dollars of e-commerce sales being made worldwide in 2021 (Statista). So what does this mean for business owners, and how do you go about maximising the market's potential?

Our expert instructors and seasoned professionals with a proven track record of success, will share their invaluable insights and practical tips gained through years of hands-on experience. You will learn how to identify profitable niche markets, conduct market research, and develop a compelling brand identity that resonates with your target audience. We will also demystify the technical aspects of e-commerce, teaching you how to set up an attractive and user-friendly online store, optimise it for search engines, and harness the power of social media and digital marketing to attract and retain customers. 

 

Over the course of five weeks, you will gain a deeper understanding of e-commerce platforms, payment gateways, and secure transaction systems, enabling you to make informed decisions when selecting the right tools for your business. We will explore emerging trends in the e-commerce industry, such as mobile commerce and omnichannel strategies, to help you stay ahead of the competition and maximise your online presence.

Join us on this transformative journey and unlock the door to a world of endless possibilities. By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge, confidence, and resources to launch your own e-commerce empire and navigate the ever-evolving landscape of online business. If you’re thinking of starting your own business or have already started one, this course is for you!

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Masterclass Sessions

Introduction to Idea Generation
and Validation

A comprehensive

overview of the benefits

of e-commerce and the

potential for turning this into your side hustle

30 June 2023

18:00 - 20:30

Business
Scaling and
Management

Develop a long-term growth strategy for your e-commerce business, including startup costs, finance options and financial metrics

20 July 2023

18:30 - 20:30

Building Your
E-commerce
Website

Establish the different website platform options and learn how to customise your website to match your brand aesthetic.

03 July 2023

18:30 - 20:30

Balancing Your Side Hustle with Your
Main Job

Top trips & tricks for managing your time, prioritising your side hustle and strategies for managing burnout and managing stress

24 July 2023

18:30 - 20:30

Marketing Your
E-Commerce
Business

Learn how to develop a marketing strategy to attract, build and retain your customer base to support the success of your business

10 July 2023

18:30 - 20:30

Managing Your Inventory and
Fulfilment

Define your inventory goals and learn how to set up inventory management systems for order fulfilment and shipping

31 July 2023

18:30 - 20:30

Group Accountability Sessions

A space to consolidate your learnings from the course, set goals, & support each other in achieving success

06, 17 & 27 July 2023

19:00 - 20:00

Spaces are limited...

Course Experts

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Daniel Tuitt

Business Design &
Innovation Consultant

Daniel is an experienced service and business designer. He supports companies to navigate complex environments by making sense of consumer and technology trends that can generate business and product ideas. 

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Rahmon Agbaje

Co-founder of
Loud Parade

Rahmon is a co-founder of the creative agency Loud Parade, making music campaigns for brands targeting Gen Z audiences on social platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok, with over 8 billion views on his campaigns. 

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Sian Winfield

Founder of CoStartup & Go Ltd
& Entrepreneur Coach

Sian has spent the last 25 years supporting and motivating those that have made the choice to take action. She has worked with over 200 startups globally, helping them grow in multiple sectors from e-commerce, to building tech and apps.

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Amanda Baker

Founder & Creator of
THE 5 Stories

Amanda is the Founder of THE 5 stories, a methodology that helps businesses and the people behind them tell their story. She has helped hundreds of businesses of all shapes and sizes to design and deliver storytelling workshops and learning experiences for founders and business leaders.

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Makaela McLean

Founder of Nurture Digital Marketing Ltd and Marketing Consultant 

Makaela is an accredited Marketing Strategist, an award endowed by the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Makaela’s passion for marketing threaded together with her strong academic background, and 15 years experience in the industry, has led to her desire to deliver informative engaging marketing workshops and training.

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Ola Otaiku

Software Engineer at
Booking.com

Ola is a software Engineer at Booking.com, he is currently building APIs that enable customers to book and pay for every aspect of their travel experience seamlessly. Ola graduated with a Computer Science at the University of Hull in 2018, where he launched Xuntos and co-founded UK Black Tech.

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Course Incentives

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​Opportunities to win grants of

up to £1000 through the

Lambeth Business Fund

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Accountability sessions

Receive coaching sessions

from experts in the

e-commerce space

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Community

Join a thriving community of founders & leaders supporting each other for mutual success

Looking for financial support for your business?

We are thrilled to announce the Lambeth Business Fund! As a Lambeth-based resident, you can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to support your innovative business ideas and projects.

 

With grants ranging from £100 to £1000, this opportunity will provide you with financial support to help kick-start or run your venture. Plus, you'll have the chance to build your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge, thanks to our Lambeth Adult Learning programme. Sound interesting? Apply for and complete our 'How to Start an E-Commerce Business' course now to be eligible to apply for this fund.

  • How much do the events cost?
    The Accelerator is free to attend for eligible applicants. ​
  • How do I register for an event?
    Simply complete the sign up form.
  • Do I have to attend all five sessions?
    Yes, as this programme has been designed as a 5-week course, with each session building on the learnings of the last. We are looking for participants who can commit to attending all the sessions.
  • Are all the sessions online?
    Yes, they are all online. You just need a laptop/iPad with a good internet connection to join any session.
  • How can I get in touch if I have any other questions?
    Feel free to email us at [email protected]

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