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- Free copy of ecommerce software for attendees -

A hi-res jpeg of Chris Barling is available at

Weybridge, Surrey ~ 20 January 2005 ~ Research has indicated that a growing
proportion of new business start-ups are basing their businesses on selling
online. As part of its mission to help small businesses to sell online, the
UK's best-selling ecommerce software specialist, Actinic, has teamed up
with, the premier resource for new businesses, to offer
free* half day courses to help start-ups understand the opportunities and
pitfalls of getting such a business off the ground. Attendees will also
come away with a free copy of Actinic Catalog 25. Sign up at

Marcus Austin, editor-in-chief of says, "At Startups we're
passionate about small businesses and we know Actinic feel the same. And
given that in 2004 40% of web-based companies were startups ** it makes
sense to combine expertise to get over the core elements they'll need to be
profitable online."

The first two courses will be on .....
Tuesday, 8 February and Wednesday, 23 February at Weybridge, Surrey, and
will cover:
- Getting your online proposition right.
- Online marketing and online selling: the differences and the top tips.
- General advice on payment, tax, overseas sales, shipping etc.

The course will concentrate on selling goods and services that are already
available offline or over the phone, as this represents the biggest part of
the internet sales market. To help these budding entrepreneurs get going,
each will receive a free copy of Actinic Catalog 25 that enables them to
open a web store with up to 25 products.

"If you do it right, then selling online has huge cost and geographical
advantages over opening a high street shop, but the crux is 'getting it
right'. So we've designed these courses to give best practice, practical
advice on all the facets of running your own web business successfully,"
explains Chris Barling, Actinic's CEO.

* There is a booking fee of £5 refundable on attendance.
** Source: pfa Research

For further comment, contact:
Chris Barling, CEO of Actinic. Tel 01932 871000,

Actinic PR: Jane Lee, Dexterity. Tel 01273 470199,

An independent online guide for people who want to start, or who already
run a business. Covering all issues to be considered including funding,
advice, costs, risks, legal issues, premises, staff, sales/marketing,
franchising. The site aims to be hands-on, practical and independent. Go to for more information.

About Actinic Software Ltd:
Founded in 1996, Actinic produces ecommerce software for small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) that want to sell online. Its products include Actinic
Developer, Actinic Business, Actinic Catalog and Actinic Audio Store, and
power more UK ecommerce sites than any other company. Research shows that
over 50% of SMEs using packaged software to run their e-stores use Actinic.
Search for 'acatalog' on Google to see the vast range of online stores that
run using Actinic. Some of Actinic's better known UK users include the
Royal Opera House, Lloyds of London, the Royal Navy and Help the Aged.

Trademarks: Actinic Catalog is a registered trademark of Actinic Software

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