Google opens ‘Digital Garage’ on King Street

Google has opened a Digital Garage in Manchester city centre, offering free face-to-face coaching for anyone who wants to improve their digital skills, boost their business or get a new idea off the ground.

The Google Digital Garage will be open seven days a week after a successful tenure at Manchester Central Library a few years ago.

For those who cannot easily access the city centre, Google will be touring a repurposed double-decker, kitted out as a 21st century digital training hub.

Google launched its first Digital Garage in Leeds two years ago to help address this gap in opportunity and provide people in the UK with the skills they need for the future workplace. Since then, over 200,000 people have received free training, with the ambition to visit 200 towns and cities across every region of the UK.

The free advice on offers ranges from workshops and talks to one-to-one mentoring from a team of expert coaches.

Ruth Porat, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet and Google, said: “I’m honored to open the Google Digital Garage here in Manchester, not far from where I was born in Sale. Manchester is known as one of the great places to start and scale a digital business, and Google is excited to be here. We want to help ensure that everyone can share in the opportunities technology brings. That’s why we’re opening the Google Digital Garage in the heart of Manchester’s city centre, offering free digital skills training to all local people and businesses – from entrepreneurs, to students, to retirees.

“We believe there’s an opportunity gap as digital skills become ever more important in the workplace. Recognising this, Google is committed to help 100,000 people in Manchester and across the UK find a job or grow their career with new digital skills during the course of the next three years.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: “The return of the Google Digital Garage in Manchester gives a great opportunity for people to equip themselves with the skills and experience they need to work in the jobs and industries of the future. The courses available here will be invaluable to people across Greater Manchester.

“We have set out ambitions to be a leading digital city in the Greater Manchester Strategy and the fact that Google have decided to reopen their Manchester site shows we are taking steps towards achieving that aim.”

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant