Dig­i­tal boost for the city from tech gi­ant

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

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.”

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