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Ama­zon backs Tide Char­ity for small firms

£1,000 grants to Covid-hit busi­nesses

- By Miles Dil­worth Business · Small Business · Society · Startups · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Amazon · United Kingdom · Federal Security Bureau · Karren Brady · West Ham United F.C. · Paul Scully

AMA­ZON has thrown its weight be­hind a char­ity sup­ported by the Daily Mail to boost Bri­tain’s strug­gling small busi­nesses.

The US tech gi­ant has signed up as a ma­jor donor to the Tide Char­ity, which will pro­vide grants of £1,000 to busi­nesses hit hard by the pandemic.

John Boumphrey, UK coun­try man­ager at Ama­zon, said: ‘Th­ese grants will help com­pa­nies most at risk and pro­vide ac­cess to much-needed funds.’

The char­ity, a part­ner­ship be­tween small busi­ness bank Tide and the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses (FSB) has raised just over £200,000 since the Mail helped to launch it ear­lier this month.

It means at least 200 firms will ben­e­fit from the scheme, which is also sup­ported by Baroness Brady, chief ex­ec­u­tive of West ham foot­ball club and one of the UK’s best known busi­ness women. Ap­pli­ca­tions for the funds, which are avail­able to busi­nesses with up to 50 em­ploy­ees, will open on Novem­ber 30.

As well as pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial help, the char­ity will of­fer ex­pert ad­vice on how to adapt to the pandemic.

Other ma­jor donors in­clude vir­tual of­fice provider hox­ton Mix, Clear Bank and Tide’s founder, Ge­orge Be­vis, and chief ex­ec­u­tive Oliver Prill.

Prill said: ‘Tide Char­ity is on a mis­sion to sup­port as many at-risk small busi­nesses as we pos­si­bly can with grants of £1,000.’

The char­ity has been praised by small busi­ness min­is­ter Paul Scully, who said it was a ‘great ini­tia­tive’.

The grants will be open to UK com­pa­nies es­tab­lished be­fore March 11 this year, and must be used for the cur­rent f i nan­cial year. Boumphrey added: ‘Ear­lier this year, small busi­nesses told us they were look­ing for sup­port to help them get online, build dig­i­tal skills and con­tinue to serve their cus­tomers dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time.

‘We launched the Ama­zon Small Busi­ness Ac­cel­er­a­tor with En­ter­prise Na­tion in re­sponse, pro­vid­ing 200,000 small busi­nesses with f ree train­ing and sup­port on a va­ri­ety of top­ics i nclud­ing so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing, sell­ing online, scal­ing pro­duc­tion and hir­ing.

The online shopping gi­ant is pay­ing £ 374m i n bonuses world­wide, in­clud­ing £300 for full-time UK ware­house staff work­ing in De­cem­ber in the run-up to Christ­mas.

TIDE Char­ity wel­come do­na­tions of all shapes and sizes. If you would like to make a do­na­tion to help a small busi­ness, please go to the website tidechar­ity.org.uk.

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