Guidance and tools

Digital technology can help grow your business. Whether you’re taking your first step or next step, our guidance section includes resources to help you: work out what’s right for your business; adopt new ways of working; and learn how digital has helped businesses like yours.

All guidance and tools

Introduction to eCommerce software

eCommerce software enables you to promote your brand by selling direct from your website. Find out more about the benefits of managing your sales and inventory in real time.

6 steps to choosing software

Digital technologies can help your business grow. Our 6 steps will steer you through the buying process, so you can make the right choice.

Step 1: Set objectives for new software

Before you think about which software to buy, you need to know what problems you want it to solve. Work out why you’re buying it and what you want it to achieve.

Step 2: Write your requirements list

Download our checklist to help you draw up a list of the features you need software to have. This will help you compare products and choose the right one for you.

Step 3: Calculate your software budget

Download our 2 checklists to help you understand the potential financial benefits and savings, plus the financial costs, you need to consider before buying software.

Step 4: Buy software with confidence

Once you know what you can spend on new software, it’s time to talk to suppliers, get quotes and trial some products. Find out the questions to ask and what to watch out for.

Step 5: Make new software work for your team

There are lots of potential challenges when introducing new technology into your business. Download our checklist for tips to help ensure that getting buy-in from your team isn’t one of them.

Step 6: Get your money’s worth

With your new software in place, it’s time to review whether it’s achieving everything you wanted it to, or whether it needs improvements. Here’s how to do it.

Pure Punjabi

Mother and daughter team Surinder and Safia Hothi-Bellamy explain how learning to use eCommerce software and adopting it for their website has led to business growth.

Brightside Brewing Company

In 2009, Carley Friedrich decided to return to the fold and help her family set up a brewery. When times got tough, eCommerce software helped generate the sales they needed.

Dunsters Farm

In 2014, brother and sister, Tom Matthew and Hannah Barlow, became the third generation to work for the family’s business, Dunsters Farm. When the pandemic hit, eCommerce software helped keep things afloat.

Would eCommerce suit my business?

eCommerce software offers more than the ability to sell from your website. Find out more about its features, including an overview of your sales operation and help to create a shopping experience unique to your brand.

Lucocoa Chocolate

Amarachi Clarke founded Lucocoa Chocolate, London’s first ethical bean to bar chocolate makers, to bring about a change for the better. Here Amarachi explains how eCommerce software helped expand her business by raising brand awareness which led to increased sales.

Using eCommerce software for promotions

eCommerce software can help you create and manage online promotions for your business. Find out how this can increase your sales and brand awareness.

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