Digital Marketing training for small businesses offered in South Somerset

South Somerset District Council is offering help for small businesses to improve their profile on the internet and encourage more visitors into town centres.

A programme of free training will be running throughout September and October to businesses in the following towns: Wincanton, Castle Cary, Bruton, Milborne Port, Chard, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Langport, Somerton, South Petherton and Martock.

The training is aimed at small businesses but we would also welcome anyone from the towns listed above who are thinking about starting a business too.

The training is run by Cosmic, who are an IT business which specialises in website development, IT training courses, business consultancy, tech support, digital marketing and search engine optimisation.

Councillor Angie Singleton, Chairman of the Market Towns Investment Group said, "An audit to assess the digital presence of businesses in town centres showed there was a need for business training to enable small businesses to have well-considered and a targeted marketing on websites and social media.

"Over 70% of consumers use the internet for customer service enquiries, so hopefully the Digital Marketing training will empower businesses to reach customers and bring success to help promote our towns and drive footfall."

The courses range from digital strategy to GDPR and from basic web design to visual social media and blogging. Full details can be seen below:

Date Training Course Time / Location How to book
Thursday 6 September Visual Social Media and Blogging

2pm-4pm

Milborne Port Town Hall, DT9 5DF

www.eventbrite.com/e/visual-social-mediablogging-tickets-49081177122

Thursday 6 September Facebook - hands-on

6.30pm-8.30pm 

World Horse Welfare, Kingsdon, TA11 7LA

www.eventbrite.com/e/facebook-hands-ontickets-49081276419 

Thursday 13 September Digital Strategy

2pm-4pm

World Horse Welfare, Kingsdon, TA11 7LA 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-strategy-tickets-49081299488

Thursday 13 September GDPR

6.30pm-8.30pm

World Horse Welfare, Kingsdon, TA11 7LA 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/gdprtickets-49081335596

Wednesday 19 September Using a Mobile Device

2pm-4pm

Edgar Hall, Somerton, TA11 6SB 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/using-a-mobile-device-tickets-49081416839

Wednesday 19 September Basic Website Design

6.30pm-9.30pm

Edgar Hall, Somerton, TA11 6SB

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/basicwebsite-design-tickets-49081515133 

Tuesday 2 October E-Newsletters

 2pm-4pm

Hornsbury Mill, Chard, TA20 3AQ

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/enewsletters-tickets-49082150032

Tuesday 2 October Visual Social Media

 6.30pm-8.30pm

Hornsbury Mill, Chard, TA20 3AQ

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/visual-social-mediatickets-49082174104

Thursday 4 October Facebook - hands-on

 2pm-4pm

Market House, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/facebook-hands-ontickets-49081649535

Thursday 4 October Search Engine Optimisation

6.30pm-8.30pm

Market House, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/search-engineoptimisation-tickets-49081667589

Wednesday 10 October Search Engine Optimisation

 2pm-4pm

The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/search-engineoptimisation-tickets-49081725763

Wednesday 10 October Basic Website Design

6.30pm-8.30pm

Cricket St Thomas Golf Club, TA20 4DG 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-website-designtickets-49081770898

Thursday 11 October Choosing Devices

2pm-4pm

Edgar Hall, Somerton, TA11 6SB 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/choosing-devices-tickets-49081802994

Thursday 11 October E-commerce

6.30pm-8.30pm

Edgar Hall, Somerton, TA11 6SB 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/ecommerce-tickets-49081840105

Wednesday 17 October Using a Mobile Device

2pm-4pm

The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/using-a-mobiledevice-tickets-49081862171

Wednesday 17 October Cloud Computing

6.30pm-8.30pm

The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/cloud-computingtickets-49081884237

Wednesday 24 October Choosing Devices

2pm-4pm

World Horse Welfare, Kinsdon, TA11 7LA 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/choosing-devicestickets-49081914327

Wednesday 24 October Cyber Security

6.30pm-8.30pm

Town Hall, Milborne Port, DT9 5DF 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-security-tickets-49081950435

Thursday 25 October Finance/Tax

2pm-4pm

Town Hall, Langport, TA10 9PR 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/financetaxtickets-49081970495

Thursday 25 October Cyber Security

6.30pm-8.30pm

The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-securitytickets-49082043714

Wednesday 31 October Digital Strategy

2pm-4pm

Market House, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-strategy-tickets-49082076813

Wednesday 31 October Cloud Computing

6.30pm-8.30pm

Edgar Hall, Somerton, TA11 6SB 

 

www.eventbrite.com/e/cloud-computingtickets-49082086843

Businesses can also apply for a "Digital High Street" grant by emailing: supportwest@southsomerset.gov.uk or pick up an information leaflet at SSDC Community Offices in Chard, Crewkerne or Wincanton.