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NatWest.com Improves Online Options For Small Businesses
(16 November 2004 )

Small and medium sized businesses can now gain access to the same online trading platform as the likes of Sainsbury's and The Co-op, thanks to a new series of e-commerce solutions now being offered online at www.natwest.com, through its partnership with e-business provider, Shopcreator.

NatWest business customers can take advantage of a series of transactional website solutions - ranging from a platform which caters for up to 50 products, to one that can support an unlimited number of products - as used by market leading online brands. The 'Building a Website' package is easy to understand and enables a business to start small and grow their online business capabilities as required.

The same software can help those businesses who want to build an information-only site, the e-trading business novice who needs considerable help when it comes to conducting business online, and those companies who are online savvy but want to update and upgrade their existing business website.

It offers everything that a business needs to begin trading online, including hosting, information and online product catalogue web pages, shopping basket, secure check-out, and ongoing customer support. The software is also already integrated with a wide range of payment service providers, in order to be ready to take credit card payments over the internet.

In addition, NatWest business customers are able to use specially prepared packages that concentrate on some of the key financial issues facing businesses. NatWest can offer their visitors preferential pricing options and arrange monthly payments in order to manage and maximise cash flow.

David Head, Head of NatWest Internet Banking, said: "Simple does not mean unsophisticated. Small to medium sized retailers are able to run a cost-effective version of the same award-winning platform that supports some of the UK's best known companies, with the option to upgrade at any time. We believe that the move to online trading has never been easier and a large number of our customers are already benefiting from the ideas and help available on our small business web pages."

Andy Kitchener, Chief Executive Officer, Shopcreator, said: "The benefits of online trading are now undisputed and it is vital that companies don't run scared and get left behind. The simple-to-use e-business websites featured at www.natwest.com/onlinetrading can all be used and managed without any prior technical knowledge and yet can provide all of the features, functionality and reporting in order to run a successful and professional online business."