On Tuesday I was delighted to visit Number 10 Downing Street with Emma Jones from Enterprise Nation. Together with 14 other e-commerce entrepreneurs, we met with one of the Prime Minister’s special advisers Daniel Korski to discuss digital business off the back of the news that 50% of companies don’t have a website and, of those that do, few are trading online and making the most of the web.
Going inside Number 10 was incredibly exciting in itself, and the discussion with Daniel and the other entrepreneurs was most inspirational. A lot was covered in the meeting, including:
– The role of marketplaces such as Amazon and ebay in helping small businesses get online. I discussed my own experience launching Love Give Ink through this website and also selling products through on Notonthehighstreet.com.
– A plea to Daniel from myself for more recognition from the government for digital businesses. I often feel that when the government talk about enterprise in the country, a lot of the discussion is focussed on those on the high street and those starting online seem to be overlooked
– The challenges with driving traffic to new business websites, and what, if anything, the government can do to help
– The need for more training in digital skills and the demystification of technical terms for newbies
– The global benefits to running a business online with the scope to trade internationally
I was very impressed by how interested Daniel was in all of our businesses and how knowledgeable he was about the points covered. Although I think we may have slightly overwhelmed him with our ideas (!), hopefully he took away some useful points for discussion with the Prime Minister and other powers that be.