Free website offered to 100,000 businesses

New campaign aims to help firms make the most of the internet

Free websites are being offered to 100,000 small businesses to encourage them to take advantage of online opportunities.

Getting British Business Online (GBBO) is a joint venture between BT, Google, PayPal, the Institute of Directors (IoD), Enterprise UK and the British Library.

The initiative is a response to research showing that 1.5 million businesses in the UK still have no web presence as many view having a website as too costly, too complicated or not necessary.

The GBBO tool will allow businesses to create a simple website, with a co.uk domain, from a variety of templates in about 15 minutes. The businesses will automatically be indexed by Google and receive a listing on Google Maps.

Free advice and phone support is being offered by BT, and PayPal are planning to introduce an e-commerce platform to the tool within months so businesses can begin selling online.

Business secretary Lord Mandelson said: “Encouraging more businesses to seize the opportunities the internet offers is particularly important now that the economy is growing again. Getting British Business Online brings together valuable support to set up a website and training to make the most of the internet.”

Scott Cain, deputy chief executive of Enterprise UK, said: “We know entrepreneurial people should leave no stone unturned as they strive to reach new customers with their products and services.

“We want to empower any business in any sector to go from good to great, helping them shift from thinking of survival to having high growth ambitions.”

For more information or to sign up to the initiative visit www.gbbo.co.uk

© Crimson Business Ltd. 2010

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