Local businesses encouraged to sign up for a free digital masterclass hosted by Google and Stephen Williams MP

On Friday 17th October, 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. Taking place at the Bristol Science Centre between 12.00 and 14.00, 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.

The workshop, which is being co-hosted by Stephen Williams MP, 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. 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.

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.

Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West said:

“The internet offers some fantastic opportunities for businesses in Bristol. Businesses with a strong online presence grow faster and act as a major boost to 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. Research from NIESR (The National Institute of Economic and Social Research) recently estimated that the Bristol travel to work area already has over 4,700 digital companies.

Business owners can book their place at the workshop online, at:

https://events.withgoogle.com/google-juice-bar-bristol/