Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border will be co-hosting a
Google ‘juice-bar’ event in Penrith in May to provide local businesses
with a masterclass in using the internet to boost growth.

Rory is encouraging all local business owners and aspiring
entrepreneurs to take part in the free event, which will take place at
Rheged on Friday 9th May at 1230pm. It will be a unique opportunity to
meet Google, who will be offering advice and tips on making the most
of the internet and growing online businesses. Any kind of business
can take advantage of the workshop and benefit, with recent research
showing digital businesses in Penrith and Appleby already beginning to
contribute to the local economy, with plenty of room to grow. Research
from NIESR (The National Institute of Economic and Social Research)
recently estimated that Penrith and Appleby already has 124 digital
companies, employing nearly 3,000 people.

Rory said: “I’m excited to welcome Google to Penrith and The Border
and to co-host a brilliant event that will help give people the tools
to make the most of the super-fast broadband that we are bringing to
Cumbria. Encouraging local businesses to flourish is something that is
very, very important to me, and is one of the major reasons for the
strength of our broadband campaign here in Penrith and The Border in
particular, where smaller internet-based businesses are the future of
our local economy. It is clear that a strong online presence is
crucial for companies to grow, and I hope that the local business
community will take advantage of this opportunity to attend the
session and receive expert advice from Google. I look forward to
seeing many friends and colleagues from the constituency there.”

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.”

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 harnessing the potential of
social media and online marketing. 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.

Businesses in the area can sign up for the free consultations and
workshops at 12:30pm on Friday 9th May at the Rheged Centre in

To book, simply follow the link below:

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