Belfast Telegraph

Web giant to support small firms

By Mike Hornby

Internet giant Google is to throw its worldwide weight behind a scheme to help small businesses.

The search engine's UK arm has unveiled a scheme in Liverpool which offers local firms advice and support to increase their online potential.

The three-month pilot, which may be rolled out to other parts of the UK if successful, will see around 1,500 businesses in Merseyside given free access to one-on-one digital support, including how to "build a website in 15 minutes".

Raja Saggi, head of small business initiatives for Google UK, said: "This is the first time we have ever run a series of events aimed at helping one city, and we'll be working hard with our partners to make a real difference to Liverpool's internet economy over the coming months.

"With Liverpool's strong business networks and sense of community, we believe this is the best city to run such an initiative."

The Getting Liverpool Business Online scheme will be launched by Google UK's managing director, Matt Brittin, in Liverpool.