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Boosting business through digital skills

Local businesses in Prudhoe are being invited to a special networking event on how the latest technology can help them grow and thrive. 

The aim of the event, hosted by iNorthumberland, is to help Prudhoe businesses to keep it local, by making it easier for people to use their shops to buy products in a world where online shopping is becoming increasingly popular.

Easier internet access can make it harder to encourage people to shop locally. 
iNorthumberland’s event aims to help local businesses do this by introducing talks from industry professionals on topics including how local businesses can reach more customers with no cost and little effort, how to make it easier for new customers to find them and how businesses can create and grow their online presence.  

Industry professionals in attendance include Lloyds Bank with advice on banking safely online, a local accountant to explain how to file tax returns online for HMRC and the Department of International Trade to highlight the advantages of trading online both here and abroad. iNorthumberland will also be able to provide information on how to  access superfast broadband to make this all possible.  

Northumberland County Council’s Adult Learning Service will also be providing information on what training is available and the benefits of apprenticeships together with Business Northumberland who will be available to offer advice on a range of services including 1-2-1 business support and mentoring.  The event will also provide people with the opportunity to network with other local West Northumberland businesses. 

iNorthumberland is a programme delivered by Northumberland County Council in partnership with BT Group rolling out superfast fibre broadband throughout the county.  Superfast broadband has already been made available to over 55,000 premises across Northumberland.  More than 54% of Northumberland businesses and households who are able to upgrade to the new technology have already chosen to do so, giving the county one of the highest take up figures in the UK.  It is anticipated that 95% of properties will have access to superfast broadband by the completion of phase 2 of the rollout in December 2019.

Councillor Nick Oliver, Cabinet member for Corporate Services said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to learn new digital skills that can help to benefit and grow their business. It’s really important that local businesses are supported to thrive by providing them with the tools they need. 

The iNorthumberland programme does just this by giving everyone across Northumberland the opportunity to make the most of technology.” 

The networking event is taking place on Monday 16th July, 6pm - 8pm at The Fuse Media Centre, Moor Road in Prudhoe, NE42 5LJ.

Doors open from 5:30pm. The event is free to attend with refreshments provided.

To sign up to the event or find out more call Sylvia Pringle 07827 825357 or email sylvia.pringle@northumberland.gov.uk 
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