HEXHAM business owners are being given the opportunity to boost their digital presence and share their online experiences, through a new initiative being launched in the town.

Hexham Business Improvement District (BID) is setting up a digital networking scheme for levy payers, giving them the chance to receive expert training on how to get their businesses online for the first time, or to increase their presence for existing internet businesses.

And along with the online sessions, the scheme will also create monthly networking sessions where people will be able to get together and discuss best practice.

The training will be delivered by North East digital training and mentoring agency, Digital Sparkles, which has years of experience in working with companies to enhance their online businesses.

The last Friday of each month will be names #LoveHexham with an event held at various locations around the town.

Along with an opportunity to network, businesses will also be able to request training around a number of areas which would include marketing, digital marketing and idea generation, tailored to particular business needs.

The aim is to give business owners the support they need via training, while also helping promote the town to help build a thriving business community.

Helen Grayshan, manager at Hexham BID believes the scheme will be beneficial to everyone, particularly smaller businesses.

“We want to give businesses all the tools they need to build a solid future and enhance their own skills and ultimately boost their business,” she said.

“Sometimes running a small business can be lonely and difficult, so the hope is that business owners can lean on each other for support, help and advice, while also receiving vital training to help them promote themselves to a wider audience.”

Helen and the BID team believe the new network will ultimately benefit all businesses and tourism in the town. “We all want the same thing, and that is to work together to raise the profile of the town,” she said.

“We’ve set up a Facebook group for members to connect with each whenever they need, and we are hoping that this six month initiative will help businesses not only boos their online presence but work together.”

Anyone wanting to join the digital Facebook group can do so at www.facebook.com/groups/1419359330602833/

For more information on Hexham BID visit the website: www.hexhambid.co.uk