Venda for Small Business forms alliance with Webjam to link e-commerce with social networks for SMEs

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Venda for Small Business, part of Venda, the market leader for eCommerce solutions, has linked with Webjam, the UK's answer to branded and white-label social publishing and community networks, to offer a combined platform for e-commerce and website publishing tools for small business enterprises. Webjam & Venda will integrate their respective products to provide an even more compelling toolset for a small business to build their online presence. The cross-distribution of the respective services will launch by the end of Q1 2009.

In this retail economy, a simple, comprehensive and customisable business template for online ecommerce needs to be available for start-ups that includes all selling and social aspects required to be successful. We think this will significantly help smaller established businesses to stay competitive, and for new ones to launch.

Venda for Small Business, part of Venda, the market leader for eCommerce solutions, has linked with Webjam, the UK's answer to branded and white-label social publishing and community networks, to offer a combined platform for e-commerce and website publishing tools for small business enterprises. Webjam & Venda will integrate their respective products to provide an even more compelling toolset for a small business to build their online presence. The cross-distribution of the respective services will launch by the end of Q1 2009.

In the SME retail market-place, Venda and Webjam's solutions are perfectly placed to deliver a cost effective yet sophisticated proposition for those companies who have yet to allow their customers to transact with them through the web.

Pavel Kilovatiy, CEO, Venda for Small Business commented, "Venda and Webjam share the same vision that SMEs should have easy access to e-commerce and social publishing tools. Bundling our two offerings provides any business with a turn-key solution for all aspects of their web-presence. We certainly feel that the combined offering is very complimentary to both parties and will further help our small businesses grow the awareness and revenues they want to achieve online."

Yann Motte, co-founder and CEO, Webjam added, "In this retail economy, a simple, comprehensive and customisable business template for online ecommerce needs to be available for start-ups that includes all selling and social aspects required to be successful. We think this will significantly help smaller established businesses to stay competitive, and for new ones to launch."

The alliance are soon to launch a co-branded shop developer and designer community site, providing access to products, customer care, features, and regular webinars to create a collaborative environment for clients.

About Webjam
Webjam provides individuals and organisations with a free or subscription-based platform to create customisable, purpose-driven social networks, with the flexibility to control what is shared with whom. Webjam Branded Services allow larger organisations to build branded online communities in a Software as a Service (SaaS) mode.

Founded in 2006 by a British, a Spanish and a French entrepreneur in London, UK, Webjam differentiates itself by bundling powerful community features with an easy drag-and-drop interface, a rich catalogue of modules and styles and a unique feature to replicate contents, applications and lay-outs. Available to everyone regardless of technical skills, Webjam allows anyone to share their creations and learn from others.

A finalist in the Red Herring 100 Europe 2008, Webjam has been compared to Ning by CNET, offering "Apple-like simplicity for website building", and touted as an alternative to Facebook by BBC News Online.
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About Venda® for Small Business
Venda® for Small Business delivers an affordable, high specification eCommerce solution as a managed service (SaaS) for all inclusive pricing of £49.99 inc VAT per month.
The solution includes all the Content Management, Catalogue Management and Order Management tools required to run an online store effectively, all accessible through an easy to use web interface.

Customers are able to build a store in a matter of days with no technical expertise required. Launched in October last year alongside the Enterprise solution, it already has gained significant traction with hundreds of registered customers.

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