Google offers to help Hartlepool firms

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A GOLDEN chance for business bosses to learn more about the internet is being offered in Hartlepool.

Experts from Google will be in town on Friday, August 22.

They will be giving a master class in using the internet to help companies turbo-charge their growth.

The Google team will set up a pop-up Juice Bar in Hartlepool, which will be co-hosted by town MP Iain Wright.

The Juice Bar is Google’s name for a series of free seminars and workshops as part of their drive to empower small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The aim is to give them the skills they need to get the most out of their digital marketing.

Entrepreneurs will get a chance to learn crucial skills for the digital age, from creating a website to marketing their business online.

A Google expert will deliver a presentation which is followed by a session where Google staff give consultations, tips, guidance and practical advice.

Mr Wright said: “It’s important that businesses in Hartlepool make the most of the opportunities the internet offers them.

“Businesses with a strong online presence grow faster, and that will further support the local economy.

“I’m encouraging as many local companies and aspiring entrepreneurs as possible to sign up to this session and take advantage of the advice on offer from Google’s experts”.

Any kind of business can take advantage of the workshop and Dan Cobley, managing director of Google UK, said: “Research from a Boston Consulting Group report found that small businesses actively using the Internet can grow eight times faster than those companies with no web presence.

“Our goal is to get businesses of all sizes to understand the importance of the internet and how easy it is to get online and contribute to the overall growth of their enterprise and the local economy.”

He said he hoped businesses would take advantage of the free digital sessions.

Business owners in the area can sign up for the free consultations and workshops which will be held at 2.30pm on Friday, August 22.

They will take place at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street.

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