Chamber ‘exclusive’ comes to aid of Merseyside & Halton SMEs

e-COMPASS project helping businesses fight online fraud and boost sales

Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise is offering an exclusive opportunity to SME e-shops in the region to access the kind of online services usually afforded by large, market-dominant corporations.

As Chief Executive Paula Cain explained, the ‘e-COMPASS’ project’s key benefits are based on helping innovative owners of small e-Shops improve their security and increase sales revenues.

She said: “By offering useful online services which can be electronically integrated into their own e-Shop and used online, we can really help SME businesses across the region gain a competitive advantage. The project is also exclusive to Halton Chamber in the UK, a fact we’re very proud of.

Western Europe leads the world in retail e-commerce sales with the UK the most mature market.  

Mrs. Cain added: “Looking at the Halton and Merseyside region, there are very strong opportunities for SMEs to gain a considerable share of the market currently dominated by a few large players via their involvement with e-COMPASS.”

In order to develop these online services, Halton Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise, along with their project partners in Greece, Germany and Spain, are asking e-shop owners to complete a short on-line questionnaire via with deadlines for submission Friday, 23rd May, 2014.

For further information, please contact Paula Cain, Chief Executive of Halton Chamber of Commerce on 01928 516142 or e-mail

 The research project “ SME e COMPASS” and its results are funded, by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union which is being managed by the REA Research Executive Agency http:// ec. europa. eu/research/ rea (FP7/2007-2013) under the Covenant with 315637 No. FP7- SME-2012

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