Direct Connection has launched Direct Start business, to help small businesses develop their Web presence and online-trading facilities.

The service aims to provide affordable solutions for small enterprises trying to develop e-commerce, and comes in three different packages. The packages are Gold -which costs £300 to set-up with an annual fee of £1,080 - Silver with a set-up fee of £120 and an annual fee of £700, and Bronze with a set-up fee of £50 and an annual fee of £380.

The Bronze package offers five-dial accounts, business-level Web hosting and a domain name.

The Silver service offers Web hosting, ten dial-up accounts, a .com and domain name and a LAN (local area network) ISDN account.

The premium Gold service includes a direct LAN-ISDN solution for office LAN access. Also included is Direct Host Commerce, an e-commerce solution backed by Barclays Merchant Services and Domain hosting with a .com and two names. Businesses also get ten direct-dial accounts, and Web hosting.

The e-commerce solution also offers real-time credit and debit card authorisation and online administration of settlement files backed by Barclays. The option to buy VeriSign certification is also included.