Ebay has launched a new multi-million-pound training and support package for small businesses across the UK which support local communities.
“Ebay for Change” is set to be a new standalone hub on Ebay UK featuring small businesses within the social enterprise sector which reinvest their profits back into the local communities.
The three-year initiative, launched in partnership with the World Fairtrade Organisation and Social Enterprise UK, will aim to create jobs and opportunities in communities which have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
Up to 50 businesses will be promoted to Ebay’s 29 million UK shoppers over the next few months, receiving an in-depth package of support including zero fees, one-to-one digital skills training and a significant marketing investment to bring buyers to these businesses.
Each purchase made on Ebay for Change will help support disadvantaged communities through a range of initiatives including providing job and training opportunities for disabled workers, helping tackle homelessness and improving the environment.
“While the pandemic hasn’t created the levels of inequality that we see in society, it has certainly exacerbated them both socially and economically,” Ebay’s head of social impact Chris Gale said.
“We want to be a part of changing that and building a fairer and ultimately more sustainable economy.
“We believe that business can be a force for positive change and social enterprises are the living and breathing example of how this can be achieved. With 300,000 small businesses successful trading on Ebay UK we have proven technological expertise to bring millions of shoppers to these.
“Customers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of where they choose to spend their money- whether it’s supporting small businesses or charities. With Ebay for Change, customers will receive a great product, as well as the satisfaction that the proceeds from their purchase will make a real difference and support communities.”