Harrogate council helps local businesses go digital

Harrogate Borough Council has organised a free event designed to help local businesses and charities acquire key digital skills. Named ‘Faster Better Business’, it will feature Google’s Digital Garage.

Taking place on Thursday 3rd September 2015 in the Queen’s Suite of Harrogate International Centre, the event will introduce businesses to local broadband suppliers and resellers, as well as offer them face-to-face support, master classes and networking opportunities.

There will also be experts on hand to offer advice on improving a business’s online presence and increasing efficiency via a better broadband connection.

Cllr Graham Swift, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Economic Development and Enterprise, said:

It’s been estimated that the average UK business will need 10 times their current broadband bandwidth within the next five years.

By supporting access to higher broadband speeds and better use of IT the council can help local businesses become more competitive and help create more employment opportunities in key growth sectors.

That in turn helps us with one of our key priorities as a council – to ensure a strong local economy, and all the benefits that brings to the people who live, work and spend their leisure time in the district.

Faster Better Business has been deliberately designed to be as flexible as possible so businesses can drop in when they can, for as long as they can – whether that’s for five minutes or the whole four hours.

Whether a sole trader working from home or a bigger company with a few hundred employees, I would urge local businesses to take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to future-proof their broadband connections and learn from the very best in the field about how to shape a successful digital future.”



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