Blue Spire works with University and County Council to help Local Business
Blue Spire Design is working with the University of Lincoln Faculty of Business and Lincolnshire County Council to help local business utilise the power of the internet successfully. The project is called Robust Futures: Solutions for Business and is being funded by the East Midlands Development Agency. In an official capacity Blue Spire Design is providing design expertise and consultancy to Lincolnshire businesses.
The internet presents an ever growing opportunity for businesses and the University and County Council are keen for this to be understood on a local level. With a range of experience in developing web solutions for both international and local clients Blue Spire Design are happy to provide their expertise in developing a more web focused local economy. Blue Spire is supplying both consultation and design work to local businesses as part of the EMDA funded initiative.
Key aspects of the initiative are helping local businesses to maximise the benefits of internet marketing, E-Commerce, web technologies and corporate branding. The goal of Blue Spire Design is to lead the way for local businesses to exploit the great opportunities inherent in the world wide web.
This initiative has been designed to provide practical support to businesses as they emerge from the recession. It creates an opportunity for the private and public sector to work together to generate insight into local economic conditions, and respond effectively to changes as they occur in Lincolnshire.
This initiative is well supported by research. Google recently issued a detailed report called the Connected Kingdom which examined the huge and growing impact of the internet on economic growth in the UK.
The results are a powerful testament to the developing power of internet business:
- Small business online sales are growing at 43%, even faster than big businesses
- In 2009, the Internet contributed £100 billion to the UK economy. That represents 7.2% of GDP.
- The UK is the number one country in the world for e-commerce and is a net exporter of e-commerce goods and services, exporting £2.80 for every £1 imported.
- The Internet economy is expected to grow by 10% per year.