Junior Ministers Megan Fearon and Alastair Ross today opened the Google Digital Garage event at Belfast Metropolitan College’s Springvale Campus.
Speaking at the event which was targeted at the business community, Junior Minister, Megan Fearon said: “Twenty five years since the World Wide Web was launched, the internet is not just at the heart of the global economy but is at the centre of society. As the North’s population becomes more digitally active and aware, the need to engage with technology has never been greater.
“Businesses of all sizes benefit from being online and for small business it opens up a world of opportunities, allowing them to compete in global markets.
“Today’s event is helping equip businesses with the digital skills they need to boost growth and use the internet to their advantage. I encourage everyone to take what they learn today and embrace the technology to help propel their businesses to new levels.”
Junior Minister, Alastair Ross said: “Technological advances mean the world is connected in a way that wasn’t even imaginable 20 years ago and we as consumers can buy virtually anything we want, from anywhere in the world, no matter where we are through smartphones, tablets and laptops. That is why events such as this are so important in order to support businesses in making the most of what technology has to offer.
“Northern Ireland is already an exemplar region being recognised as the first in Europe to provide 100% broadband coverage and the Executive is committed to a programme of digital reform. In an age of growing demand and tighter budgets, we need to be smarter in how we use technology to deliver services and connect with the public.
“Everyone can benefit by improving their digital presence online, be that business owners, entrepreneurs, small businesses, the private, public and community sectors. By improving visibility, new customers can be reached and growth accelerated.”
Two hundred delegates attended the Google Digital Garage, which was sponsored by PwC and Traction Finance.
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