Lisa Smart, Prospective MP, & Andrew Stunell MP are urging Stockport businesses to hook up to the launch of Go On North West – a programme designed to boost the Basic Online Skills of people, small businesses and charities in the North West of England.
Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove said –
“Basic Online Skills are increasingly critical for employability, running a successful business and connecting with others in the modern world. That is why Andrew & I co-hosted a workshop with Google for local businesses in Bredbury recently, to help them improve their presence online.”
“As the world becomes ever more tech-savvy, we simply cannot afford to sit on the side lines. That is why I am delighted to lend my full support behind this important initiative and its objective to improve digital skills in Stockport. Go ON North West’s approach of bringing together motivated and committed people to tackle our digital skills deficit head on is exactly what the doctor ordered.”
Andrew Stunell Member of Parliament for Hazel Grove said:
“When almost one in three small businesses in Stockport still don’t have a web page to their name, it’s obvious that we are missing out on opportunities to do business and grow. The world is changing fast and ON North West aims to make sure our area keeps up and takes its chances. So our advice is: get logged on now!”
In the UK, almost one in five adults (19%) currently fall below the Basic Online Skills threshold. In the North West region, it is 18% of adults who lack the confidence needed to send and receive an email, use a search engine, browse online or complete online application forms.
By working with local authorities and businesses, Go ON UK aims to build on the success of the 2011 Go ON Liverpool pilot campaign which helped reduce the number of offline adults in the city by 55 per cent in just 18 months.
To support the regional effort, Go ON UK has launched digitalskills.com. Aimed at people and organisations who want to help others maximise the benefits of the web, digitalskills.com is home to online tools and resources, and a map which features over 3,000 UK Wi-Fi hotspots, computer access points, and people wanting to share their digital skills.
Go ON UK will be launching the ‘I Made a Difference Awards’ in the coming months, to recognise the inspiring work of individuals and organisations in the North West who are helping to boost Basic Online Skills. The awards, which will take place in December, will also crown the ‘North West Martha’, who will be the face of the celebrations.