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E-Commerce – Access opens online market

Access Accounts, the Colchester-based accounting specialist, has launched a fast-track and fixed-price website design package for small and medium-sized companies, writes Nick Huber.

The Web initiative, which follows on the heels of the free internet service launched by Sage last month, shows that suppliers serving small businesses are waking up to the opportunities created by electronic commerce.

Accessweb allows companies to design and publish information on a website within 24 hours. Prices start from £450, which includes four internet pages and one free update a year. Users get a CD-Rom with a ‘wizard’-style program that leads customers through the site design process. Access guarantees that the site will receive at least 500 hits, or visits, a month. Other options include a £1,250 package, with 24 pages and 12 updates a year.

Accessweb links to Access e-commerce modules such as Webshop and Webstock, which allow companies to put catalogues online and receive orders. Access head of media Paul Welling said Accessweb offered small companies the fastest possible internet access.

‘I think there is a niche market for developing a web-site within 24 hours at the lowest cost,’ explained Welling. ‘E-commerce is a goldrush.’

Digital Quills, a Sage reseller, also joined the internet rush last week, with the launch of an office management system integrated with Sage’s Line 100 accounting package via the Web. Called Transaction Gold, it is based on Microsoft’s SQL Server 7 database server and is priced from £3,500 for a single user.

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