ON Monday, June 10, Google will hold the first of its “Grow With Google” events at the Theatre Royal in Waterford. The Grow With Google programme is run in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and aims to provide digital skills training to SMEs and increase the number of Irish companies exporting to the Eurozone.
Attendees will also get to hear from small companies that have succeeded in developing their business in new markets, and workshops will also be held on the many free digital tools and resources available from Google that will help Irish businesses succeed internationally.
The aim of the event is to help local businesses realise their potential by inspiring Irish businesses to “think global” and look beyond our shores to achieve sustainable long-term growth. Last year, over 4,000 people from companies across Ireland attended Google’s monthly Business Breakfast in its EMEA HQ in Dublin, and 500 people attended regional workshops in Cork, Limerick and Shannon. This year Google is expanding the programme to include five regional events in addition to the 11 workshops in the Google Foundry in Dublin. Waterford is the first such regional workshop, with the aim that 8,000 Irish businesses will benefit from these events by year end.
“We want to work with Irish companies so they can grow and create new jobs in local communities throughout Ireland. Ensuring businesses and their employees have access to digital tools and training is critical to delivering on it. Our Grow with Google programme has already trained more than 2 million people in digital skills across the EU and we are committed to ensuring Irish people and companies are at the forefront of digital,” said David Sneddon, Director at Google.
The event will begin with networking, tea and coffee at 10am. The first talk starts at 10.30am and the event is expected to finish at 4.00pm. Attendance is free but registration is required via www.events.withgoogle.com/grow-with-google-waterford.