Doug Richard launches web training programme for small firms

3,500 companies set to benefit


Former Dragons’ Den guru Doug Richard is spearheading a government training programme to help Britain’s small businesses use the web more effectively.

Richard has joined forces with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to launch the Web Fuelled Business initiative, a three-month pilot programme of bootcamps, seminars and mentoring sessions starting in January. The sessions are exclusively intended for small firms, and will cover a range of essential skills including e-commerce, search engine optimisation and social media marketing. The seminars, taking place across the country, have total capacity for 3,500 small businesses, and the organisers are urging interested parties to apply now. Richard, a guest at last night’s Youth Business International Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, said: “Small businesses in the UK under-utilise the internet. The focus of this programme, therefore, is an intensive effort to help them to exploit the web to its fullest extent. “It is about using the speed of the web to rapidly and radically change the business prospects of a large number of SMEs” Mark Prisk, minister for business and enterprise, added: “The goal of this pilot programme is to train small businesses in leveraging the internet, and in doing so boost the productivity and growth of those firms which have the most potential to create new jobs, wealth and innovation in the UK.”

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