You can visit Learn My Way, which covers topics such as using email, creating documents and spreadsheets and using social media.

Future Learn offers a free two-week Digital Skills Social Media course, where you can learn how to use social media for business, from creating a social media presence to measuring success.

Google offers a Fundamentals of digital marketing course, accredited by The Open University. The 26 modules include practical exercises and real-world examples to help you turn knowledge into action.

There are a wide range of providers that can help you to learn new digital skills to improve your business's online presence. We have compiled a list of some of the best to help you expand your use of e-commerce, web marketing, and social media.


Enterprise Nation offers Amazon Small Business Accelerator Bootcamps, which include a sector-specific, week-long intensive training programme. They also provide ongoing support to help your existing business grow its online presence fast.

Backing Essex Business 

Backing Essex Business provides SMEs with up to 12 hours of fully funded advice and guidance on key areas of focus for business owners. This includes finance and risk, customers and marketing, supply chains, workplace operations and people. They can also provide loans for business growth and start-ups.

You can find more information on the Backing Essex Business website or call 0800 970 8981.


Barclays has compiled advice, tools, and tips on digital skills to boost your business.

Department of International Trade

The Department of International Trade (DIT) have recorded webinars covering topics including international trade and e-commerce.

Digital Boost

Digital Boost offers free digital advice for small business and charities, provided by expert volunteers.

Essex County Council Libraries

Essex libraries offer all those with a library card access to over 500 online courses in a wide range of subjects including business, office skills and computer training. They also offer Learn My Way courses for complete beginners. 


Boost with Facebook offers free training, tools, and insight from renowned entrepreneurs offering digital marketing education.

FSB Skills Hub 

Federation of Small Businesses supports FSB members remotely with learning opportunities, resources and advice for your business. This includes webinars on digital marketing and social media channels. 

Google Digital Garage 

Google Digital Garage offer over 130 online courses, plus an ongoing programme of webinars designed to help you develop new digital skills.

They also provide resources helping you work, teach and learn from anywhere and a certificated course in the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing. 

HM Government Skills Toolkit 

The Skills Toolkit provides free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills. They have introductory, intermediate, and advanced digital courses available covering a range of topics.

National Cyber Security Centre

The National Cyber Security Centre offers both guidance for small and medium sized organisations and information for large organisations.

Open University

The Open University offers free courses with their Open Learn portal.

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