Google today announced the launch of a new Grow with Google programme in Ireland which will see the company train more than 8,000 SMEs through workshops across Ireland and through partnerships with state agencies.
The global initiative aims to build on Google's efforts of training people and businesses to acquire the right digital skills to embrace new opportunities ahead. Last year, over 4,000 people from companies across Ireland attended Google’s monthly Business Breakfast in its EMEA headquarters in Dublin, and 500 people attended regional workshops in Cork, Limerick and Shannon.
This year, due to demand, Google, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, is expanding the programme to include 5 regional workshops as well as 11 workshops in the Google Foundry in Dublin.
In addition, Grow with Google is partnering with Enterprise Ireland to provide digital skills training to their executives so they can help their client companies to use the many free digital tools available to be more successful and to help them meet the challenges arising from Brexit.
Impact research data, provided by Ipsos shows that on average across Europe, 58% of companies that participated in Grow with Google programmes saw at least one positive impact on their business (More revenue, more profits, more customers, began exporting) while 68% felt more confident about their digital skills and 70% reporting that they have applied at least one change to their online presence as a result of the training.
In 2017 in Europe alone, Ireland saw 91,000 jobs impacted, 13,000 SMBs taking on more staff and 178,000 SMBs attributing real impact on their business growth.
The first regional Grow with Google workshop will be in The Theatre Royal in Waterford on the 7th of June, followed by NUIG, Galway on the 24th of June. Attendance is free but registration is required. Companies interested in attending can register at www.growwithgoogle.ie
Commenting on the initiative, Country Manager, Large Customer Sales UK & Ireland with Google, Cera Ward said, "SMEs generate more than 70% of all jobs in the non-financial business economy and a strong indigenous business sector is particularly important for the labour market in Ireland. Our common objective is to work with Irish companies so they can grow and create new jobs in local communities throughout Ireland."
Head of the Brexit Unit at Enterprise Ireland, Jonathan McMillan added, "Enterprise Ireland is actively supporting Irish companies to respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by Brexit and we are delighted to partner with Google on this digital programme to support businesses to go global. In preparing for Brexit, the top measures, we see being taken by Irish companies include improving operational competitiveness, focusing on innovation through investment in R&D and diversifying their export markets."