MORE than 100 companies are on course to increase their turnover and boost their online business thanks to free help and support from Go Digital Newcastle.
The successful 100 are benefitting from at least 12 hours of free expert support across a range of subjects to help them become more effective and profitable by using the internet to grow their business.
Go Digital Newcastle is a campaign being run by Newcastle City Council to bring superfast broadband to 97pc of the city by 2015.
Several events have already been held with many more planned, including free internet masterclasses and workshops on subjects including cloud computing, effective use of social media, search engine optimisation and online trading.
Businesses can discover which skills they feel would most benefit their company and sign up for free intensive support.
Jonathan Walker, NECC Head of Member Relations, today praised the campaign and urged more companies to get involved.
Jonathan said: “It’s great to hear that Go Digital Newcastle is already helping more than 100 companies.
“Our Quarterly Economic Survey shows that business confidence is high in the North East, and for companies to turn that confidence into reality they need to take advantage of every opportunity to grow their business.
“The campaign aims to help Newcastle’s businesses to work smarter and take a bigger share of their markets - I would encourage all businesses to get involved and take advantage of the free support available.”
Lisa Clark, Project Director, said: “Go Digital Newcastle is run by Newcastle City Council for everyone in the city, to help create jobs and boost the local economy which is why it’s encouraging to see more than 100 companies already benefitting from free business support.”
Go Digital Newcastle is offering companies up to £3,000 towards the cost of connecting to superfast broadband; up to £2,000 towards the cost of IT equipment; and access to the Business Support Programme offering small and medium enterprises (SMEs) a wide range of free help and advice about online marketing and website development .
The programme, part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, is intended to help businesses grow and prosper, boosting the local economy and strengthening Newcastle’s position within the global market.
Businesses wanting to find out more about Go Digital Newcastle are invited to a Fast and Curious event at Toffee Factory, Ouseburn, on Thursday, May 29, from 2pm to 5pm, where they will also have chance to take a look around the latest in electric supercars and sample the food delights of Papa Ganoush.
* To book a place and find out more about Go Digital Newcastle, the Connection Voucher and business support schemes for small and medium businesses, visit www.godigitalnewcastle.co.uk