Digital boost for the city from tech giant
TECH giant Google is returning to Birmingham with its ‘Digital Garage’ project. The US search engine firm is opening the facility in New Street on July 14 and will offer free, faceto-face digital coaching for six months.
Its return follows a similar project housed in the Library of Birmingham in 2015 – the first Google Digital Garage in the UK at that time.
Google said the hub would deliver 13 new courses and workshops which would build on the small business support previously on offer.
Attendees will be able to select from tailored coaching designed to boost their confidence and help them take the next step in their career, alongside advice on how to start and grow a business.
The Birmingham launch will also mark the first stage in a new collaboration between Google and consumer magazine Which?.
The pair are joining forces with the aim of educating consumers and businesses about web safety.
Ronan Harris, managing director of Google UK and Ireland, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to return to the city of Birmingham to open our newest Digital Garage.
“We believe this is a truly transformative era where new solutions to everyday problems are being answered more and more by technology.
“Throughout history, Birmingham has been renowned for its industry and entrepreneurial spirit and, with over 6,000 technology businesses employing 40,000 people, the city has made real strides towards a flourishing digital economy that reaps benefits for everyone.
“We look forward to playing our part in this digital scene as it goes from strength to strength.”
Councillor Tristan Chatfield, from Birmingham City Council, added: “It is an honour to be welcoming the return of Google’s Digital Garage to Birmingham and it’s great to know it will sit right in the heart of our city, making it accessible to everyone.
“We are continually seeing growing creativity and entrepreneurialism in local people and we’re excited to see what else grows out of this opportunity.”