Dan visits Google's Digital Garage at the new Birmingham Library

Daniel this week visited the Birmingham Digital Garage based at the new Birmingham Library. The Digital Garage is a multi-million pound initiative which aims to help 200,000 British businesses learn crucial skills for the digital age, and use the power of the internet to reach more customers and increase productivity.

The Garage aims to help businesses, especially SME’s grow by offering a range of workshops, from one-to-one mentoring sessions, masterclasses and a digital "tune-up" – all completely free of charge.

Daniel said:

“It was fantastic meeting the highly impressive Google digital garage team which are now based in Birmingham Library for the next 6 months. They are doing great work, offering a free service supporting local businesses moving into the digital age, by providing free workshops into how to digitally optimize a website.”

“As a passionate advocate for the promotion of the Digital Single Market, this is the sort of work which I believe is absolutely vital for ensuring local businesses in the West Midlands and the UK are able to adapt, grow and thrive in the digital age. The new Birmingham Library is a fantastic venue to host this work and it was great to see so many young people active together learning and taking part in the many digital workshops around the venue."

"A part of allowing people and businesses in the UK and the West Midlands to become digitalised is ensuring they have access to fast broadband speeds. This is something which is increasingly vital and something which the Google team also recognised.”