Small business owners net online boost from Google

HUNDREDS of small business owners were tonight set to attend a talk in Edinburgh hosted by internet search engine giant Google.

Matt Brittin, UK managing director of Google, is the keynote speaker at the event, organised by the city council and BT, at Our Dynamic Earth at 6:30pm tonight. It will coincide with a similar event in Aberdeen.

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Mr Brittin said: "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 in Scotland the boost they need to get online."