Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Promoting Region to Rest of World

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Promoting Region to Rest of World

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Byline: By Daniel Thomson

It may seem like it has been around forever ( but it is easy to forget that the internet is still in its infancy.

And although the majority of us have some experience of using the net ( there are many people out there who need a helping hand.

Up until a few years ago the North-East was still in the dark as far as the internet was concerned.

But thankfully a website was designed to get people in the region online and teach them how to make the most of the internet.

And just four years later, the North-East has its finger on the pulse of everything online.

The regional portal was set up in 2001 to promote the North-East and provide online services for people from the area. chief executive Norma Foster says: "We are a non-profit organisation whose aim is to raise awareness of ICT and encourage businesses and individuals to get online.

"Our key objectives are to provide a gateway to the region for the rest of the UK and Europe and showcase the North-East online while offering funding, training and support."

The comprehensive site features a range of excellent services including free mini-websites for businesses to get on the net, online training, funding for internet solutions, a searchable directory and a shopping mall.

The site now receives almost one million visitors every year and features 301,000 pages of information offering advice and support for individuals and businesses. also contains 2,060 direct links to sources of further information and advertises 40 new business opportunities and 50 regional events every month.

Content manager Jennifer Robson adds: " was created to champion electronic communication and information for businesses and individuals.

"A survey at the time revealed that the North-East was not making the most of the internet and e-commerce and we were determined to reverse this trend. …

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