Google warns that Welsh businesses could be "missing out" without Internet presence

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Google has warned Welsh businesses that they could be missing out on Internet marketing opportunities, as figures have shown that around 40 per cent of small firms based in Wales don't operate a website, according to an article published by BBC News.

The message has coincided with the announcement that Google will work with the Welsh government as part of a year-long campaign to boost the presence of Welsh businesses on the Internet.

Google's Laurian Clemence stated: "You are really missing out if you can't be found online.

"We do believe there are definitely more benefits than not. The key thing is that people who have their business online see their business grow four to eight times faster than those that don't.

"We realised that Wales was lagging behind in the adoption of web presences for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)," she said.

Clemence concluded: "There ia lot of opportunity there to help them get a website for the first time or if they do have a website improve it."

As part of the project Google will be providing one-to-one advice sessions for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as a roadshow featuring tutorials, workshops and advice from experts.

Edwina Hart, business minister, said: "We welcome this initiative to help companies gain maximum benefits from using and exploiting digital technologies to innovate, grow and access new markets, driving business growth."

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