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Free advice on digital skills to grow business and confidence


WARRINGTON people and businesses will be offered free advice and coaching on their digital skills at an event to help them grow their business, career or confidence.
A number of local organisations have joined forces to stage a Google Digital Garage at the Pyramid, Warrington on July 4
It is part of a drive to showcase the support on offer to growing small businesses in the region.
The event is being organised by Colony Networking and The Business Exchange by Warrington and Co who both organise networking events and offer business growth services. Further support to cover event costs has also been provided by NatWest and The Sharples Group.
The Google Digital Garage is one of Google’s flagship investment programmes in the UK, where anyone can learn free digital skills through a range of courses or 1:1 sessions. Since launching in 2015, more than 300,000 people have benefitted from free face-to-face training on digital know-how across 500 locations in the UK.
Entitled ‘Independence Day, the event has been purposely timed to run on Independence Day to reflect the strong and independently-minded character of the Warrington business community. Event co-organiser and owner of Colony Networking, Kirsty James, said “As a start-up lead with the Business Exchange and a networking consultant working with small businesses, I find that business owners are often unaware of how much funded and affordable support is on offer, or they are overwhelmed by the number of organisations seeming to offer similar services.”
“After working successfully with the Google #Digital Garage team last year and getting requests to run another event involving them, I’m thrilled that they have agreed to participate in such a collaborative Warrington event that will inform, entertain and inspire our region’s small businesses.”
The event is being hosted by Opus in Pyramid, Palmyra Square South, WA1 1BL. The location has been specifically chosen for its creative and digital relevance and pivotal position in the cultural heart of Warrington. Opus, run by Carpe Diem, is the new digital and creative co-working space located within Pyramid which is run by Culture Warrington.
Founder of Opus, Bill Carr, commented “We’re delighted to be supporting this event, opening the doors to our new creative space, and sharing our vision of the Warrington digital landscape with the local business community.”
A programme of activities is planned from 9am-2pm and will include networking, speakers, business support information stands, funded programme advice, a panel discussion introducing and explaining the role of many of Warrington’s key business support organisations, lunch, and talks and training directly from Google #DigitalGarage. Pre-booking is required.
To obtain more details about the event and to register, visit wbexcolonyindependenceday.eventbrite.co.uk/ or call Jackie Emson on 01925 443294.
The event is offered to business attendees without charge, though voluntary donations can be made on the door to the organisers chosen Warrington charity, Creating Adventures, who support adults with autism and learning disabilities (See: https://creatingadventures.co.uk/ )


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