Initiative designed to help North Somerset SMEs create their first websites easily and for FREE

The Social Media Cidercafe has partnered with Google, Enterprise UK, BT and e-skills UK to support a joint initiative to get 100,000 UK businesses online.

Getting British Business Online (GBBO) will target the 1.5 million UK businesses that do not currently have a website, giving them the opportunity to create a free professional website and access to training and support. The Social Media Cidercafe is supporting the initiative by running:

A 'Get a Google website for FREE' workshop on 29 June 2010 at Clevedon Hall, Clevedon, BS21 7RQ

Commenting on their involvement with Getting British Business Online, Yatton-based Social Media Cidercafe founder Gicela Morales said: "This is a great opportunity for any small business to create and manage their own websites with Google tools. The workshop will help people achieve a level of professionalism that a business website requires"

Businesses that sign up to Getting British Business Online will be given a free web address that will be automatically registered in Google's search engine, a new 'wizard' tool that will help them create a website in 20 minutes businesses and ways to attract new customers online. BT will offer free phone support to participants, PayPal will soon enable businesses with a GBBO-powered website to turn their site into an ecommerce platform in just a few clicks. This means they can begin selling to customers and accepting payments quickly and securely via the web.

Commenting on the launch of Getting British Business Online, Matt Brittin, UK Managing Director, said: "Consumer behaviour is changing rapidly as people increasingly turn to the web to find information about local businesses and services. With over 40 million people in the UK now online there has never been a better time for small businesses to use the Internet, enabling them to reach new customers in new markets. We hope a free, easy-to create website will give small businesses the boost they need to get up and running."

For more information about the event visit

Registration is now open for the workshop at or by calling Cidercafe on 07967 998227