What is the idea behind the Donut sites?
How many Donut sites are there?
Why are there different versions of these sites?
Who produces the Donut sites?
Why sponsors instead of advertising?
What about my privacy?
How do I become a Donut expert?
How do I become a Donut sponsor?
Do you offer more than just a website?
To help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more successful by giving them access to free, reliable, independent advice about a range of key business tasks and issues, as well as money-saving opportunities through the websites’ sponsors.
There are currently five sites – Law Donut, Marketing Donut, Start Up Donut, IT Donut and Tax Donut. The first, Marketing Donut, was launched in April 2009. Three months later we launched Start Up Donut. The Law Donut was launched in August 2009, the IT Donut in August 2010 and the Tax Donut followed another 12 months later. Each site took about one year to plan, write and build. We plan to add more Donut sites in the future.
Our local partners – councils, universities, chambers of commerce, enterprise agencies, law firms and accountancy firms – have their own customised version of one or more of the Donut websites. Local partnership is key to the Donut business model – businesses want to deal with local organisations. Our target is to have 400 local partners using the Donut websites. For more information, see our local partner page.
Atom Content Marketing – the market-leading specialist content marketing agency. We are based in in Bristol and we’ve been providing practical and reliable advice to small business for more than 20 years. Our clients include a long list of leading private and public sector organisations. You can find out more about us by visiting our website.
While researching the Donut project we spoke to many small-business owners. As well as all the free resources and reliable practical information, they said they wanted discounts and offers from reputable suppliers, but they didn’t want any advertisements – especially annoying pop-up display ads. That’s why we’ve carefully selected sponsors whose expertise and offers bring additional value to the Donut sites.
Find out how to become a Donut expert and what’s involved here.
Becoming a Donut sponsor offers a cost-effective route to reaching the notoriously fragmented small-business market. Sponsors also get the chance to provide special offers to site users. For further information, email Christoff Lewis or call 0117 904 2224.
Yes, we have thriving communities on Twitter and on Facebook, where we post links to small business news and information, answer questions and engage in discussions with business owners and experts. We also have a free monthly e-newsletter and weekly round-up.
Good question. At Atom, often we draw ‘donut diagrams’ to map out projects. We considered more than 60 other names, but Donut was the one we all liked, so it stuck. Read Donut founder, Rory MccGwire’s, blog for more on the story behind the name.