ECommerce Development: The NSDC High-Street Diversification Fund

by The Iocea Team


On 21st October 2020, Newark and Sherwood District Council announced their High Street Diversification Fund, aimed at helping high street businesses improve their eCommerce ability and awareness. 

Businesses can apply for a £250 grant (to be match funded) towards investment in eCommerce, which can be used for the following:

  • Creating a new website
  • Developing an existing website 
  • Creating transactional capability
  • Initiating a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) site check-up
  • Integrating social media channels onto the business website 
  • Training to either create a DIY website or improve skills and knowledge

Who qualifies for the grant?

Your business must meet all of the following requirements: 

  • Trade within the Newark and Sherwood District Council boundary
  • Be independently owned
  • Be a high-street retail or hospitality business
How does my business apply for the grant?

  • Fill out the simple registration form on the Newark and Sherwood District Council website, or click here.
  • Your application will be appraised to check you qualify and successful applicants will receive an email with a grant reference number.
  • You must organise for the project work to be undertaken, which must be completed by December 31st 2020.
  • To receive the £250 payment, on completion of the project you must provide the council copies of all invoices along with evidence of payment and quote the grant reference number.
Applications for the grant are only open from Wednesday 21st October till Wednesday 4th November on a first come, first served basis, so there really is no time to hang about!


How can iocea eCommerce Solutions Agency help?

Iocea eCommerce Solutions are a digital agency, helping businesses with a wide variety of services, including website development, design and digital marketing which covers SEO, PPC and social media marketing.

Following the announcement of this fantastic news, we have put together two packages, each totalling £250 including VAT. 

Package 1: Search Engine Optimisation Audit

£250 (Including VAT) 

For this package, your business must have an existing website. This includes a full SEO audit and a 30-minute digital workshop with one of our Digital Marketing specialists.

A breakdown of what is included:

  • Assessment of current SEO performance
  • Competitor analysis
  • Backlink audit
  • Site speed assessment
  • Future SEO strategy and recommendations based on our findings


Package 2: Social Media Marketing

£250 (Including VAT)

Package 2 includes a full social media audit, proposed 4-week content plan and a 30-minute digital workshop with one of our Social Media Marketing specialists. 

 A breakdown of what is included:

  • Set up of an account on one social media platform, or a review of an existing social media account and/or paid Facebook ad account
  • Support with linking social media to an existing website
  • Competitor analysis
  • A 4-week content plan, including content creation (3 posts per week, 12 posts in total)
  • Future social media marketing strategy proposal, as well as a summary of our recommendations based on our assessment


Highstreet diversification fund packages


We’re interested, how can my business purchase a package?

If one of these packages works for your business, then get in contact with us at iocea to arrange a one-off contract. We offer ongoing monthly packages, which we can discuss with you if this is something that appeals to your business. However, there is absolutely no obligation to continue with a further contract. 

 As time is short to complete your application, we have contracts that are ready to go and incredibly quick and easy for us to sign you up. We can also help you with your council grant application if needed! 

Get in touch with us to discuss more...

Call us directly: 01522 706672

Email our Development Manager, Henry: hscott@iocea.com

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Other services that might interest you

In addition to our special £250 one-off packages, we also offer a huge variety of eCommerce services and software to help your business grow and thrive online. One of these is our full website development, where we can offer bespoke websites designed to your business requirements. We also offer design services, both graphic and print, to help with branding aspects of your business such as promotional materials and your business logo. As well as our social media marketing and SEO services, we also offer PPC advertising, email marketing (including our very own emailing platform) and copywriting.

Get in contact with us if you are interested in any of these services and unlock your business potential today.


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