Local Business Support with match funding

Maybe* is working 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 short timescales. 
  • It 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.

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.

>> 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 have delivered just over £ 10 million of match funding through UKCRF and UKSPF projects, and are committed to maintaining this level of delivery of social value.

>> Can Maybe* deliver services on tight timelines

Yes, we are already live with a number of UKSPF projects. We have a proven process from our  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.

Maybe* dashbaord

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

"I am still in my first stages using the platform but the level of customer service I got from Sarah, who gave me an initial run-through, and then Danni, who solved a long-standing and extremely annoying issue with Meta with maximum efficiency and charm, was absolutely first class. A tech company with a very human touch."

Dan, Clippd

"The Maybe* Social Media Management Platform enables NewRiver Centres to get more from social media. We use it across our centres to schedule content and engage with local conversations. What makes Maybe* special? They provide NewRiver with the data and training that allows our individual centre teams to understand and constantly improve the impact of our social media on our centres and the communities they support."

Erin Thorne, New River

"The Maybe* Social Media Management Platform enables Gloucester Quays to use a full suite of social media management tools and metrics to benchmark and measure centre performance against any 500+ UK shopping centres as well as the social media performance of our extensive range of retailers and leisure destinations."

Lauren Hopkins, Gloucester Quays

"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!"

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."

Progression Counselling Team

"I have been really impressed by the team at Maybe*. They have given me a great understanding of how to use social media to grow our reach. We have had some fantastic results since taking part in the training sessions and the 1:1 calls with the team have been first class. It's like they are part of our small team! We have had great results too; increased engagements, follows and lead generation."

Amanda, Amanda Wilson Family Law

"The Maybe* team have been amazing, very knowledgeable and helpful during the set up process. The team member I spoke with had a lovely warm personality and patience to help me navigate how to set up a business on the website."

Deirdre, Darragh Therapy

"Helpful staff and really grateful for the help I received from the Maybe* team as it has helped me grow my business."

Katrina, Crafting with the Taylors

"The Maybe* team have been extremely helpful and patient with all the questions and queries we've had. They were a great help in setting up our business managers too."

Lewis, Street Soccer Scotland

"Honestly such a great experience, talking through the set up of my Maybe* account was so easily and calmly explained and to follow. I can get frustrated with Facebook business manager and ads! But this team is excellent! Very knowledgeable and kind."

Georgia, Georgia Beaven Coaching

"Absolutely brilliant support and training! I’ve learnt so much within a couple of months!"

Sarah, Adore Once More

"Have found the help from the Maybe* team to be invaluable. We have learned a lot and are looking forward to using this experience to help our charity to improve its marketing."

Carol, Tullynessle Hall

"Very professional, great product knowledge and attention to detail. The Maybe* team have given us so much of their valuable time and, as usual, always, "Went the extra mile" to ensure we had everything in place and we understood what was required."

Gordon, Sew Good

"I cannot believe the support that I have received from Maybe*. Nothing is too much trouble. And there is training for each area you need in a platform that has a very user friendly interface. I would definitely recommend Maybe*."

Sarah, The Cupcake Oven

"Genuinely as someone who believes customer service is non existent nowadays, the Maybe* team are an exception to the rule. The wealth of knowledge was second to none and communication and flexibility to accommodate me was fantastic. I am genuinely appreciative as a new business owner of the support the Maybe* team has given me as it will be invaluable going forward."

Declan, GasGeeks Plumbing and Heating