A Leeds-based multi-national web development and digital marketing agency has launched a campaign to provide three local businesses the chance to benefit from a completely free e-commerce website.

GRM Digital launched the campaign after seeing local businesses struggling to trade offline during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Calling on neighbouring firms to offer their products and services online, the firm will offer three worthy candidates free of charge e-commerce stores to get them up and running ASAP, so that businesses can mitigate any losses incurred during the Coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, the company has joined forces with its technology partners and GRM Digital’s hosting partner Fasthosts will offering free domains, web hosting and servers where necessary.

Nej Gakenyi, CEO and founder of GRM Digital comments: "Unfortunately, there are many great businesses that will be negatively affected by Covid-19. It has never been more important to embrace technology in order to continue trading throughout such circumstances. We want to offer help wherever possible to businesses in Leeds throughout this period."

Nej continued: “Whilst this is first and foremost an issue related to health, the shock to the global economy from Covid-19 has been so fast and new legislation to stay indoors means that a lot of businesses will struggle to trade at all. We are used to operating remotely and in a position to help others so hope that this initiative will provide a lifeline to some of our local businesses.”

To apply, business owners must register their interest at https://resources.grm.digital/covid-19/ by 5pm on 31st March 2020. The GRM Digital team will choose the three candidates based on where it believes its assistance will have the most impact. The three selected firms will be announced on 3rd April 2020.