Google chooses Manchester for Digital Garage base | MIDAS

Google chooses Manchester for Digital Garage base

CentralGoogle has chosen Manchester as the next UK city for its Digital Garage pop-up initiative which comes to the city until March 2016.

The Digital Garage will offer workshops, classes and digital tune-ups for local businesses as well as providing training events for schools and charities.

Previously, the Digital Garage had been set-up in Leeds, providing the service to local organisations for the past seven months.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said: “Hosting the North West’s first Google Digital Garage is an important step forward as Manchester aims to become a world-leading digital city.”

“This joint initiative will enhance our existing range of services for small businesses across Greater Manchester, strengthening the significant contribution of public libraries to supporting the creation of new jobs and growth within the local economy.”

Four members of staff will be employed at the Digital Garage to provide digital services six days per week.

Digital trainers will also visit areas in the Greater Manchester region to deliver training and mentoring sessions.

Eileen Naughton, Google’s Managing Director for the UK and Ireland said: “At a time when there is pressure for the UK to boost productivity to contribute to real wage increases, we believe Google can be a real growth engine that helps deliver these gains.”

The Digital Garage decided to set-up in Manchester after talks with MIDAS, Manchester City Council and Manchester Central Library.

The move highlights Greater Manchester’s strong position as a world leading city for creative media and digital professionals.

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