GoogleUK has announced its commitment to help 1 million UK SMEs stay open in the fallout from Covid-19 and the lockdown by helping them be found online by the end of 2021.
Google’s 'Open for Business' initiative offers a support package for UK small business including products, tools and services which UK SMEs can sign-up for online for free.
As part of the commitment, Google has also revealed that £25m worth of advertising credits and grants has been made available to UK SMEs.
It has partnered with Digital Boost, to offer 10,000 hours of free 1-on-1 support and mentoring for any relevant business that need support and advice.
Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said in a statement: “Our UK SMEs form the backbone of the British economy, fuelling growth and creating jobs in communities across the country. This has been a difficult time for them, and that’s why I am delighted that today Google has announced this plan to help small businesses recover from the crisis.
“We will all play a part in this national effort to get the UK open for business again safely. Google’s initiative to support our smallest firms is a great step forward in getting our economy back on track.”
Ronan Harris, Google managing director, UK said: “Local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. Like millions up and down the country, we want to help small businesses both survive and thrive. Through this programme, we’re aiming to upskill SMEs and charities by helping them adapt to operating in a post lockdown environment. Despite the ongoing uncertainty, we want to show that having an online presence can have a transformative impact on offline businesses”.