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 www.n-e-life.com was set up in 2001 to promote the North-East and provide online services for people from the area.

N-e-life.com 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.

N-e-life.com 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: "N-e-life.com 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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