On Friday 22 August, Google will meet with local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs to offer advice and tips on making the most of the Internet and growing their business online. The Juice Bar will offer local entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn crucial skills for the digital age, from creating a website to marketing their business online.

A recent study by the Boston Consulting Group has shown that businesses who have a presence online grow four to eight times faster than those who do not.

The workshop is part of Google’s drive to help small businesses grow using the Internet and to help business owners harness new ‘e-skills.’ So far over 250,000 businesses have been helped through the programme.

By encouraging and supporting a variety of businesses to use the Internet effectively, from entrepreneurs and one-man-band start-ups, to larger companies, these workshops aim to boost the country’s Internet economy.

Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool 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”.

The Juice Bar has been designed to support and advise businesses regardless of their technical expertise – from complete tech novices creating their first website, through to improving an existing website and online marketing.

Any kind of business can take advantage of the workshop and benefit from making the most of the Internet for their business. Research from NIESR (The National Institute of Economic and Social Research) recently estimated that Harrogate & Ripon already has 733 digital companies, employing 16,859 people.

Dan Cobley, Managing Director, 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. We hope that local businesses in and around London will take advantage of these free digital sessions.”

Business owners in the area can sign up for the free consultations and workshops at 2:30pm on Friday 22nd August at Hartlepool College of Further Education, Stockton Street, Hartlepool TS24 7NT

To book, simply follow the link below: https://events.withgoogle.com/google-juice-bar-hartlepool/