Google brought its 50th Juice Bar to Tyneside, bringing advice to more than 200 people, after the Go ON UK official launch.
The Google Juice Bar, which travels all over the country, offered free advice and digital support to local business owners.
The Juice Bars provide consultations for people who are trying to grow their businesses using the internet and to celebrate having engaged with around 250,000 entrepreneurs across England and Wales over the last three years, Google rolled into Gateshead for the first time.
Business owners visited the Juice Bar at the Sage Gateshead, following a launch event by Baroness Martha Lane Fox, to get tips and gain insight into what will help their websites bring in more business, as well as receive expert training on online Google tools.
The Google Juice Bar started its voyage across the country in 2011 in Liverpool, and has since set up shop in 49 towns, helping thousands of entrepreneurs make the most of the internet for business.
Google Juice Bar head, Gori Yahaya, said: “We know that businesses who are online grow up to eight times faster than those that are not. To mark our 50th Juice Bar here in Newcastle Gateshead we are teaming up with Go ON UK, a digital charity that aims to boost the digital skills of business owners in tough economic times.
“We hope that local business owners took the opportunity to sit with us and learn how digital tools can help to boost and transform their enterprises.”
Laurian Clemence of Google UK said: “We have received so much positive feedback from local business communities after visiting our Juice Bar and gaining new insights on how to grow their business online. We aim to keep the Juice Bar going.
Go ON UK chief executive, Graham Walker added: “We know that digitally mature businesses are more optimistic about future growth than those offline.
“It’s vital they get the support they need to grow online, which is why it’s fantastic that the Google Juice Bar has come to Gateshead, helping to boost the digital skills of small businesses, and being part of our campaign.”