Lincoln firm offers free e-commerce websites for businesses during COVID-19 crisis

A web development business in Lincoln will help local firms that need to reposition themselves during the coronavirus pandemic by offering to design and build free online shops for them.

TRS, which is located on Rope Walk in Lincoln, is behind the local Stokes Tea & Coffee online shop, as well as national brands including Fairfax & Favor and global names such as Jockey underwear.

The firm wants to help businesses survive the crisis and online shops will be built on a case-by-case basis. Click here for more information or to apply for a free online shop.

Toby Stephenson, the founder of TRS, said: “The idea is to help those that need it most. That might be a farmshop which helps both them and the local population, or a small business that can no longer trade from its premises and needs to move to online or face administration.

“We’ve been making ecommerce sites since the early 2000s. In the last seven years, we’ve helped a two man footwear company turn into a multi-million pound luxury fashion brand with over 30 staff. We’ve also helped small businesses, like a t-shirt printing company that’s just one man.

“We want businesses to survive this crisis – the strength of our future economy largely depends on it. Lincolnshire is such a nice place to live and work, we want that to continue. Those businesses shouldn’t take on more risk and expense right now, so we’ll manage that risk offering the sites for free, with the option to buy the site further down the line if they want to.

“We’ll take a small percentage of sales to help cover some of our costs, overheads, paying for servers and things like credit card fees.”

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