Business advice sessions at the Google Juice Bar a big hit
Vale MP Alun Cairns helped to host a Google Juice Bar to support businesses in the Vale get online and help grow their businesses. The free advice sessions were held at the bustling Barry YMCA centre, The Hub last week.
Google experts were on hand to provide specialist advice free of charge to local businesses in one-to-one digital sessions.
Mr Cairns was keen to make sure that Vale businesses were able to find out how the internet could help their business. The free advice sessions on how to improve companies’ web presence were a chance to show how businesses could boost traffic to websites and increase business online.
Google explained that as many as 40% of Welsh SMEs do not currently have a website and only 33% – well below the UK average – are e-commerce enabled.
Alun Cairns MP said:
“I was really pleased that so many local Vale based businesses were able to take advantage of these free 1-2-1 advice sessions. The advice sessions are part of a national initiative and I think that Google’s expertise will be of real benefit to local small businesses here in the Vale.
“A successful online presence is vital for businesses based across the Vale and successful small businesses mean a strong local economy.”
“At a time of economic uncertainty I hope this free online advice will provide a big boost for Barry & Vale businesses.”
Founder of HubCowbridge, Debbie Leigh attended the session in Barry and commented:
“I found the free advice session really useful and picked up some great tips. I’d certainly recommend the sessions to anyone who wants to maximize their website presence and business.”
Dan Cobley, Managing Director, Google UK, said:
“Small businesses are the growth engines behind the economy, and when they grow, so does the UK economy overall.”
“I hope our free one-to-one Juice Bar sessions have helped Vale-based business owners learn more about the benefits of having a website and more about how they can reap the rewards of the local and international marketplace.”