As part of Go Digital Newcastle, a £9 million publicly funded initiative that aims to make superfast broadband available to 97% of homes and businesses in Newcastle, Google is to host a free ‘Juice Bar’ internet masterclass on March 7.
Newcastle business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs that attend the event will receive advice and tips on making the most of the Internet and growing their business online.
Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, commented: “The internet is transforming the way we live our lives, and the smart successful businesses of the future will be those that recognise this.
“This event is therefore a fantastic opportunity for businesses to take advantage of the expertise on offer and learn more about how the internet can help their businesses grow and develop.
“In Newcastle we’re very ambitious about how we can be a real centre of innovation for the new digital age.”
Focusing specifically on female success in the digital sphere Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah and YouTube businesswoman Lauren Luke will share their experiences and knowledge in digital entrepreneurism ahead of International Women’s Day on 8th March.
Onwurah, MP for Newcastle Central, said: “In today’s economy a successful digital presence is absolutely vital for small businesses and Newcastle must provide a platform for local business success online.
“Go Digital Newcastle is making that happen. It’s particularly important of International Women’s Day on March 8 to remember that by equalising men’s and women’s economic participation we could add 10pc to the economy by 2030.
“Digital should be an essential part of that – and women, and as many businesses as possible, should take advantage of the expertise on offer from Google.”
Created in order to support and advise businesses regardless of their technical expertise – from starting out and creating their first website, through to improving an existing website and online marketing – this Google Juice Bar will take place at Newcastle Civic Centre on Friday, March 7, from 11.30am to 2.30pm.