Free expert advice, digital mentoring and ‘masterclasses’ are being offered up today to small businesses and startups in Glasgow by Google, who have opened a digital training centre in Mitchell Library.

The sessions hosted by the global tech giant are focused on small businesses, graduates and those looking to change their careers.

The Glasgow pop up follows successful ‘digital garages’ in Leeds, Birmingham and Newcastle. The run of digital training centres are part of Google’s bid to train 250,000 people “to learn crucial skills for the digital age” by the end of this year.Google Opens ‘Digital Garage’ Pop Up in Glasgow

Google says 88% of businesses involved with its previous events have since changed how they run or promote their business online, with 68% saying they’d seen positive results, ranging from improved sales and a greater social media following to more web traffic.

The ‘digital garage’ is run in partnership with Glasgow City Council and will also host training events for charities and computing lessons for local students and teachers.

Keith Brown, cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work, said; “Scotland already has exceptional digital talent and innovators. We recognise, however, we need to do more to help develop, nurture and expand digital skills across the country as a whole.

“The training and support delivered via Google’s Digital Garage is first class; I hope as many of our businesses and citizens as possible, at any age and stage, take advantage of this great opportunity to increase their digital skills and knowledge.”

Peter Barron, Google UK vice-president for communications, said; “It can be easy to think that technology is just for start-ups, but we know it can bring real growth to all businesses and improve.”

Barron added, “Our technology helps companies be discovered by new customers, boosts productivity by helping teams collaborate better and helps content creators get paid for their creativity.”

The pop up will run until January 2017.

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