Google Juice Bar brings freshness to Wakefield businesses

Cllr Denise Jeffery at the Google Event

Cllr Denise Jeffery at the Google Event

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Internet giant Google brought a free digital masterclass to Wakefield.

The Google Juice Bar event included a series of seminars and workshops, designed to help businesses grow online.

Labour MP for Wakefield Mary Creagh with the Google team

Labour MP for Wakefield Mary Creagh with the Google team

More than 180 businesses attended the event at Unity Works last week, which was organised by Wakefield Council with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh and several district councillors also attended.

The event included presentations from Google experts and gave businesses the opportunity to have one-on-one consultations with leaders in the online field.

Ms Creagh said: “I invited Google to the city so that local entrepreneurs, young and old, could receive cutting edge advice from one of the world’s leading technology companies.

“Small businesses are thriving in Wakefield and this event will help them get even stronger by selling online and through social media. As more and more people do business online, getting the right skills will help Wakefield companies grow and compete in a global market.”

More than 250,000 businesses have been part of the Google Juice Bar event since it began, getting individual support and practical advice on how to use Google’s tools, Adwords and social media.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield’s cabinet member for economic growth and skills, said: “This event provided valuable support and advice from one of the biggest internet organisations of our time.

“It was fantastic to see a large number of local businesses attend the event and make good use of this opportunity.

“This forms part of our ongoing commitment to help businesses thrive in the district and we are looking forward to more events later this year.”