More than 180 businesses attended an event hosted by global internet giant Google to help maximise their online presence.
The free event organised by the Council with funding from the European Regional Development Fund took place last week. It was instigated by Mary Creagh Labour MP for Wakefield. The event included presentations from Google experts and gave businesses the opportunity for a one to one consultation with leaders in the field.
Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, who attended said: "This event provided valuable support and advice from the one of the biggest internet organisations of our time. It was fantastic to see a large number of local businesses attend the event and make good use of this opportunity.
"This forms part of our ongoing commitment to help businesses thrive in the district and we are looking forward to more events later this year."
Mary Creagh, Labour MP for Wakefield, said: "I invited Google to the city so that local entrepreneurs, young and old, could receive cutting edge advice from one of the world's leading technology companies.
"Small businesses are thriving in Wakefield and this event will help them get even stronger by selling online and through social media. As more and more people do business online, getting the right skills will help Wakefield companies grow and compete in a global market."
More than 250,000 businesses have been helped through the Google Juice Bar event through individual support as well as tips and practical advice on the effective use of Google tools, Adwords and Social Media.
For details of further events and free business support email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01924 306498.