Belfast Telegraph

Google event offers small companies expert advice on setting up websites

By Margaret Canning

Small Northern Ireland businesses are invited to attend a special event at Belfast's Waterfront Hall tomorrow for getting online.

Google UK's managing director Matt Brittin will host the event where businesses will be shown how to get a website in just 20 minutes.

The event is free but companies are urged to register in advance as space is limited.

The Getting Business Online initiative by Google aims to help 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the UK get online with a free website by the end of this year.

Mr Brittin told the Belfast Telegraph: "Small businesses are struggling in some instances but one of the things which we think is a big opportunity is getting a website.

"It can take just 20 minutes to get a website. We have seen people getting a significant volume of new sales from their new websites.

"Obviously people know Google as a search engine but we also work with thousands of small businesses and help them to make a successful business online.

"We estimate that 1.5m businesses don't have a website, so there's an awful lot who are really missing out on customers who could be online searching for the products which they sell."

He said the website design could be done through a very short process, including domain registration. "Push a button and you're open to the world."

Mr Brittin said that businesses in Northern Ireland which had already gotten online with the help of Google - including an occupation therapist and a photographer - had reported an improvement in business.

To register, visit the following web address: thome.csp?pageID=21818&eventID=98