Local Business Support with match funding

Maybe* has the capacity to work on a number of UKSPF funded local business support programmes all of which will include secured match funding and provide personalised tools and access to expert training for each local business. 

Maybe* has an unrivaled turn-key toolset to deliver local business support at scale. We have trained over 25,000 businesses and are ready to support many more. Please talk to us to configure a programme to suit your local business's needs.

The proven toolset for Local Business Support that we can deliver anywhere in the UK

Our unique and proven toolset enables Maybe* to train Local Businesses, Startups, and Entrepreneurs at scale. We have worked on programmes funded by UKCRF, ERDF, and the High Street Task Force.

Our programmes are designed to develop individual skills, improve business profitability and resilience, and deliver quantifiable results. 

Participating businesses and entrepreneurs have access to the training and tools they need to leverage social media for sustainable business growth using tools that leverage data to accelerate learning.

We can talk you through the needs of your local businesses and show you how the programmes can be tailored to their needs.

Our UKSPF programmes:

  • Include secured Match Funding to 2025.
  • Are ready to deploy in 2022/23 or 2023/24.
  • Can be delivered across any sized geographical area or region.
  • Include all business outreach and engagement;
  • Provide expert training across all, or a defined range of sectors.
  • Deliver transparency through monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Guarantee measurable results, both short and longer-term.

Extensive research highlights the urgent need for Local Business Support

79% of UK consumers are spending over seven hours a week on social media. Meanwhile, research shows that only 19% of businesses are active on social media.

​​Maybe*  analyses. the data for over 3.9m UK businesses daily and conducts regular surveys with businesses and consumers. Our latest research gives a clear picture of how consumers and businesses are using social media and our most recent Christmas research further reinforces this. 

There is a huge gap between consumers and the majority of local businesses that if not addressed will negatively impact local prosperity. 

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Local Business Support programmes with five key outputs

Engage Local Businesses, Startups, Entrepreneurs, and Social Enterprises

Access to knowledge, training, and tools to leverage social media for sustainable business growth

Provide longer-term access to help businesses evolve and keep up with new innovations

Collaborate and engage with local stakeholders, businesses, and support providers to drive knowledge transfer activity

Deliver measurable and quantifiable outcomes that align with UKSPF interventions and local strategic objectives.

FAQs about Local Business Support 

Maybe* helps thousands of businesses ranging from SMEs to PLCs. We work with the UK Government and a wide range of Local Authorities across the UK to support local businesses increase their digital activity by providing access to an unrivaled blend of data, training, and technology to deliver personalised local business support at scale.

>> How do Maybe* localise the programme?

All campaigns are hyper-local. We collect the social media data for over 3.9m UK businesses, daily. This means every programme is localised and personalised down to each individual business level. See how we localise our support here.

>> How do Maybe* deliver local knowledge transfer?

The Maybe* team engages and collaborates with local stakeholders ensuring we have a clear understanding of local challenges. This collaborative working approach allows your local businesses to benefit from the best of both worlds: market-leading tech and local knowledge transfer. All training is added to hubs that are free to access to increase local knowledge transfer.

>> Where does the match funding come from?

Maybe* fund 80% discount on the platform licences. This generally works out at an overall project cost intervention rate of over 50%. We delivered just over £10 Million of match funding through UKCRF.

>> Can Maybe* deliver services in 2022/2023

Yes, we are already preparing to go live with a number of UKSPF projects in January - through the work we have done in ERDF and UKCRF projects we are well versed at delivering high-impact activity over short timescales, and creating frameworks that will deliver long-term value.

>> Have you had feedback from businesses?

Yes lots. Please see testimonials from some of the 25,000 businesses we are working with. Our team takes great pride in helping local businesses learn how to grow and prosper. You will see that in the extensive comments that the participating businesses have provided. Alternatively please see our Trustpilot reviews.

Our proven five-step process

Step1. Define programme area

Maybe* has the address and phone data for over 3.9m UK businesses.

Our team create custom boundaries to suit each programme. This defines the businesses that have sponsored access to the tools and training defined by the programme owner.  

This can cover any geographic area in the UK that wishes to launch local business support at scale

Step 2.  Outreach process

Our experienced call centre team invite businesses to be part of their local business support programme. 

All businesses are followed up multiple times with consistent training emails that are tailored to their individual needs. 

In our experience, it frequently takes over 15 touchpoints to get a business to actively engage in support programmes.

Step 3. Training and grants programme

Maybe* provides access to 500+ on-demand training videos and related articles that are all supported by live chat. Users can also attend live daily training sessions. All training is made open source so any local business can access your local business support programme.

Many programmes Maybe* runs award grants to participating businesses that they can invest in digital marketing (e.g. Facebook Ads) once they complete a specific amount of training.

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Step 4. Social media tools

Maybe* is a social media management platform that gives businesses a way to compare their social media performance with any other business so they can learn what works best.

Every participating business gets access to all of the social media scheduling, advertising, reporting, and insights tools they need to get more from social media. We even show them the return on investment for their social media activity.  

Step 5. Reporting and Feedback 

Maybe* provides programme owners with a robust set of measurement tools that enables them to see progress and performance at all stages.

Stakeholders have access to "at a glance" reports that show progress and enable them to track the impact of their investment against selected objectives. 

Regular meetings with stakeholders ensure an active feedback loop that delivers local business support at scale.


What our customers are saying

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"Easy to use service and website, helpful and friendly staff, an invaluable service to increase the visibility on social media for our business. Both Instagram and Facebook reach has more than doubled in just a week with a noticeable increase in sales online in the short time we have had Maybe assist with our social media."

LouSells Preloved Labels Team

"Influencer marketing is a big part of my business. When I find someone that I believe matches my brand I would normally watch them for at least a month before making the first contact. It has drastically changed since I have started to use the Maybe* app - the data is unreal and gives me the understanding and confidence to choose influencers in a much shorter period of time."

Sara Da Silva Team

"The fact that I’m able to look back on dates and see what kind of content actually works gives me a better direction on my social media plan. I have been working with Maybe* for nearly three years and they have helped with our growth in different parts of our journey. My best day was when their Ads and Audience building tools helped me turn £250 into over £50,000 in less than 6 hours."

Keith Scarrott Shoes Team

"The results have been amazing. I’m focussing my attention on doing more social media through the Maybe* platform. It just makes more sense. You get so much more data and you can analyse your spend. What Maybe* has done in a week has brought so many customers to me that I’d thought I’d lost. My retargeting advert has tracked down visitors to my website and brought me back into their eye line. And we’ve got orders to prove it, so I’m delighted.”

Law and Co Team

"I just wanted to say how amazing, skillful and patient your team were today. They tried one thing after another and it was actually the very last attempt that worked. All of the problems were due to business pages on Facebook is either assigned to my personal profile, or to no one and the FB pages were not linked to Instagram! Thank you xx"

WIT Conference Team

"Using Maybe* is always a pleasure, not only is the support team incredibly efficient, but they truly understand our business which enables them to help us effectively and ensure that the results we want are achieved and in this case exceeded!”

In Exeter Team

“What a great initiative to help local businesses during this difficult time. It seems to me that this is exactly the right time to re-assess your digital skills. Some businesses may have a bit more time on their hands to re-evaluate how to promote their business on social media to help them through this crisis. Others may be inundated with new customers and orders because of a change in the way they are now doing things. Social media exposure and digital marketing is the way forward and I am thrilled that Maybe* will be focussing on Lechlade and Fairford to help promote the local economy of these two Cotswold market towns.”

Fairford and Lechlade Business Club Team

"Local Bike Shop Day is the one day a year when independent bike shops across the UK can come together to celebrate their distinctive culture. It also aims to give customers a reason to visit their local bike shop and to thank them for the passion, knowledge, and personalised service that they receive. The team at Maybe* was incredibly helpful and gave us an excellent demonstration of how to use the platform. Having all of our mentions, likes, and comments from all social media platforms in one place made it a lot easier to ensure that we didn’t miss out on anything and that we could engage with all who celebrated the day. This year’s Local Bike Shop Day was the most popular one to date, and we will continue to use the Maybe* platform next year to boost social media engagement further still!”.

Local Bike Shop Day Team

“Being able to see the connection between building an audience with racegoers who have never visited The Brewery Quarter before, to having conversations online with them, and then seeing them come into our venue was so rewarding."

Brewery Quarter Team

"The outcomes from our social insights from Maybe* have enabled us to define our development program based on known social needs. This is defining our regeneration program."

Vicar Lane Team

"We have been using Maybe* to create a paid ad which would drive traffic to our website ahead of the ‘Back To School’ period. Not only did the ad drive traffic to our website, encouraging people to book appointments but it also drove an incredible amount of online sales which we were able to track through Maybe* via our integrated Facebook pixel. We found this ad’s progression so exciting and in fact-checked it regularly to see the progress that it was making, but it was also really useful to track the amount of spend on the ad."

The Coes Team

"Maybe* allows businesses to refine and target their social media output, seeing what works and what isn’t so good. The Maybe* team has wide experience and knowledge of campaigns across many business types and across many different countries. That information is there to be learned from. So for all busy business owners trying to make every hour and every penny count, Maybe* is there to help. I recommend you take them up."

Chipping Campden Town Council

“Town centers and businesses need to adjust to the new and increasingly digital environment. Businesses that embrace the digital world are generally far better placed to be resilient in the face of challenges. We are absolutely committed to supporting our towns and the businesses in them and our work with Maybe* is one important example of that."

Cotswold District Council Team

"I have had an excellent experience with Maybe- fast-paced, agile, rewarding, and informative. Very easy to use, a great team on hand to help support you from the beginning, any feature you need they immediately are ready to look at how they can help you. There is always something a bit scary for some people regarding insights and the graphs make it so easy to navigate that everyone in my company found it relatively easy to understand."

Know your Niche Team

“I think it’s about committing the time to social media. It’s taken me up to the pandemic to know how important it is. I like to think there’s a three pronged attack, with social as your foundation, then someone might see an ad and perhaps cycle past your shop. If they see all of those things they’re more likely to get involved with the brand."

Morrows Team

“I want to know all the time, "Is this working? Are we getting to people?" It's interesting. We're actually monitoring conversions from certain posts and advertising to sales. I'm obsessed by that. Social media is not a nice-to-have. It's an essential.”

Biggar Gin Company Team

"As a total technophobe I was dreading dealing with all my social media work myself after burying my head in the sand for years, however the Maybe* team have been amazing. They have talked me through everything step by step with unfailing patience and continues to show me how Maybe can save me time and effort."

Simply Stylish Silver Team

"Thank you Maybe* Team for helping me set up my Maybe* account. I appreciate the support moving forward and the wide range of training available. I really appreciated your patience and taking the time to lead me through this technology maze!"

Kenneth M Greener Solicitors Ltd Team

"I have benefited so much from the support from Maybe*. My business has grown and I’m seeing a lot more website traffic as a result. The team have been brilliant and I now finally understand the confusing world of Facebook ads!"/p>

Shona Cammack Art Team

"This company have been an absolute godsend, they’ve opened doors to me that I had no idea even existed. Super efficient, super friendly, nothing is too much trouble. Very flexible and the platform is very simple to use! Would definitely recommend anyone with a small business to get involved with Maybe!"

Mama Bear Magic Team

"The Maybe* team have talked me through social media ads and were really supportive and helpful."

Meraki Jewellery Team

"I found the Maybe* team easy to deal with and they were really patient with me amidst other odds.The Facebook ads team are so knowledgeable and helpful. I honestly learnt a lot and I can't thank the Maybe* team enough for all their help."

The Falls of Feugh Restaurant Team

"Had a video call with the Maybe* team, they were really knowledgeable about the Maybe* platform and really up to speed with Facebook Business Manager and Ads, helping me to sort out some issues I was experiencing."

Evoke Marketing Team

"I am thoroughly enjoying learning about the Maybe* dashboard, I have received 1-2-1 training as well as online training, you can access the online catalogue at anytime, great to refresh on specific areas that you may not have recently used. As well as the above there is a chat button which gives you access to the Maybe* team so you can ask questions and one of the team members will get back to you - assistance at your fingertips. The dashboard also offers fantastic analytics, once you set your initial format for these you can clone for the next report, takes seconds! I think using this system has improved the digital service I can now offer to the business as well as expanding my skills."

South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Team

"The help and expertise have been amazing I had a couple of appointments with the Maybe* team, nothing was too much trouble and she talked me through everything step by step."

The Aesthetica Clinic Strathaven

"The Maybe* team have been great to get us setup. Very much looking forward to seeing how the results progress. "

Operation Cairngorms

"In the past I only required a small number of clients as I worked 121 on large projects and so I didn't do any marketing or much social media at all. However, I'm now creating a range of courses and lower-priced products and so need to market these to a wider audience and attract more traffic to my website and socials. Maybe has given me the tools and guidance and a grant to enable me to do this well."

Kirsten Rees | Book Editor and Author Coach

"The session today got us set up with pixels on our website and I now have an idea on how to use the boost function to increase traffic to our site. The tutor was excellent."

Doric Books CIC

"I thought I was doing on with my social media but there’s so much more potential there’s. It is early days for us with Maybe* and still in the setting up phase. I’m not the most tech savvy but the Maybe* team have been fantastically patient with me and the resources available are excellent."

Elsie's Loft Team

"Fabulous support from maybe. The Maybe* team are so patient and explains things so simply that even I got it. Love that I can schedule my social media posts all in one place and plan ahead.I can also see how my posts are doing compared to my competitors."

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