An Exciting development for our Internet Marketing Course this Thursday March 12th, is that the Shadow Minster for Cornwall Rt Hon Mark Prisk MP is going to use it as an opportunity to meet Cornish business people, as part of his brief to be the voice for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Mark's visit will take place at the end of the day once the course work is complete, and I'm sure our trainees will be delighted to relax at the end of the day and exchange views with one of Cornwall's senior politicians. Mr Prisk was born in Redruth and went to Truro School, though was elected to Parliament as Conservative MP for Hertford and Stortford in 2001.
The businesses attending the course on the day are among Cornwall's most go-ahead businesses, with their commitment to making their businesses competitive on the Internet a real sign that they have what it takes to prosper in the information age. As you may know the world of the net makes it possible for a small business to compete world wide against the big boys - as long as they are smart about how they use the net, and are prepared to do the leg work that is required to make their site successful!
Giving these businesses a chance to meet policy makers is a real reward for their efforts, and we hope also rewarding for Mr. Prisk as he works to engage with local people and businesses.
On the day we have businesses in attendance including designers, marketers, those in the tourism industry, marine sector, artists, entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of Follett Stock Solicitors, Digital Peninsula Network and Business Link.
The course partnership:
We have been able to build up a partnership we're proud of in this course, having started with Mike Kevern and ourselves, we then were please to get Follett Stock involved to provide the legal content of the course, and later moved the course into their own conference room in Truro. This year DPN have joined the crew and also had a huge positive impact, by making fully funded places available to Cornish businesses, which has greatly broadened the reach of the course to help more SMEs in the area.
Last week I delivered the content to 30 of DPN's own trainees, a lovely group who seemed really excited about the opportunities that this information opens up for them.
Follow up Course:
We're also offering a new follow-up course to those who have done the day - learned the theory - and now want our additional support to really put the theory into practice on their web sites. The follow up will be called the "Kick Start" day ( I am after all a biker at heart), and will be available to our previous trainees starting this April.
But for now we are concentrating on the course this Thursday, the opportunity for our trainees to meet with Mr Prisk, as well as working increasingly closely with Follett Stock, DPN and Business Link to make the course available to more Cornish businesses.
Here is a link to our press release about Mr Prisk's visit.
The web site of Mark Prisk MP.
Here link to Digital Peninsula Network.
Here to Follett Stock Solicitors.
Here to Butterfly Business Development (Mike Kevern).
Please note that this week's course is full, but that we are keeping a waiting list for those who might want their names down for future courses.