Staff at Google help our firms make net gains
FOLKESTONE should be proud of the way its traders are contributing to one of the fastest-growing economies in the country, according to Google.
Staff from the internet giant spent three days running a "Juice Bar" in the town last week, as part of its Get British Businesses Online initiative.
More than 80 companies took advantage of free sessions, held in the Triennial visitor centre, offering advice on how to increase trade using the internet.
Silkworm Studios, in Tontine Street, was one of the businesses that took part.
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Owner Andrew Massey said: "They were very helpful.
"I thought it might be a bit of a hard sell but it wasn't at all, they were suggesting using Facebook, for example, which had nothing in it for them.
"I had a website already but we had a chat about how optimising works and what can be done and they made suggestions as to how to lay things out – it was all very helpful."
Bigjigs Toys, in West Park Farm, also had a website already but graphic designer Laura Kilick said it was "good to get confirmation we're on the right track".
MP Damian Collins secured Google's visit, its first in the South East. He said: The fact the three days were oversubscribed is testament to the enthusiasm and energy in the local community to make the most of new online opportunities.
"It also helps build upon our case for faster broadband in the district.
"I would like to thank the Google team for giving their time and also the Creative Foundation for hosting them and I would very much like to see if we can organise some similar follow-up events in future."
A Google spokesman said: "The consultations offered expert advice on digital know-how, such as e-skills, tips and advice for their websites. For those without websites, they got online for the first time.
"The consultation slots were booked out within hours, so it really shows that Folkestone is hungry for digital expertise and to grow their businesses using the internet. Folkestone should be proud, as business owners are truly contributing to the highest-growing economy in the UK."