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Helping People Connect with Local Businesses

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Updating Pages: We’re redesigning Pages on mobile to make it even easier for people to interact with local businesses and find what they need most. For example, you can make a reservation at a restaurant; book an appointment at a salon; or see most recent photos, upcoming Events, and Offers. You can also now see Stories on Pages to get to know the people behind the business. Making Recommendations from your community more helpful: People use Recommendations to ask their communities where to go, where to eat, or where to shop. We’re making tho... Read More »

Google Ads, helping small businesses do more

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With the introduction of Google Ads, small business can now use Smart campaigns, our new default ads experience. We built Smart campaigns by tailoring the innovation and advertising technology available with Google Ads for small business owners. You can now create ads in minutes and drive real results—like making your phone ring, sending leads to your website, or bringing customers to your store. Get the results you care about For 90 percent of small business owners, the main goal of advertising online is to get customers to call, visit a sto... Read More »

Boeing Awards $200 million in Space Contracts to Small Businesses

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Boeing has awarded $200 million in contracts to small businesses for work on the International Space Station. Boeing is NASA’s prime contractor for the ISS. The contracts were awarded under the Boeing Engineering and Technical Support Service program. The selected companies provide expertise in a number of areas including engineering, information technology, software development and mission assurance support. Recipients include S&K Global Solutions, LLC, Polson, Mont.; Barrios Technology, Ltd., Houston; ALATEC, Inc., Huntsville, Ala.; Su... Read More »

The Bank of Moscow offers a new loan product for small businesses — “Redemption of leased premises being state or municipal property”

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The maximum amount of funding provided under this loan product is 150 million roubles for the period of 7 years, the amount of the initial payment is at least 10%. Within the framework of the loan programme the postponement of repayment of principal amount for a period from 3 to 9 months, depending on financing terms, is provided. Within this very programme the client can purchase a non-residential premise in a residential or non-residential building, an isolated non-residential building, as well as a part of a non-residential building, whic... Read More »

SSE: Boost for tourists who flock to Scottish Canals

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It will receive £225,000 (50% match funding) to redevelop the existing Caledonian Canal visitor centre in Fort Augustus. This will create a first class heritage interpretation, shop and five individual retail units for start-up and small businesses. Scottish Canals acts as the custodian for five major canals which collectively receive 22 million visitors each year. The Caledonian Canal, which runs through Fort Augustus, is a major tourist attraction which benefits the local economy. Fort Augustus draws approximately 250,000 tourists each ... Read More »

UK small businesses and charities at risk from technology ‘blind spot’

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UK economy growth prospects could be affected by SMEs’ slow take up of digital technology as Lloyds Bank unveils UK’s first Business Digital Index. The Index tracks the skills of SMEs and Charities and their annual adoption of digital technology. Research shows that three-quarters of small businesses and charities are not investing in improving digital skills and only half of small businesses and charities have a website. A third of business and charities believe that being online is not relevant to them – showing an urgent need for educa... Read More »

BT helps create over 560 new IT apprenticeships for small businesses

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Working together, the partnership pioneered an employer-led approach, which has encouraged SMEs to recruit IT apprentices and boosted their confidence in them. For many, this was the first time recruiting an apprentice and 79% of companies say they are likely to consider apprenticeships again in the future. It also saw an improvement in job satisfaction amongst young people, resulting in an above average retention rate of 87%. A similar proportion of apprentices (86%) say they now intend to pursue a career in IT when their training ends. ... Read More »

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