Businesses in a rural market town in Cumbria are learning how to use a website today to search terms and online adverts to boost their business globally.
It is part of a drive to give rural businesses more technical skills.
The Google Juice Bar is on at the Brewery Arts Centre between 10am and 12.30pm.
It has already helped 250,000 businesses in the UK and is now coming to South Cumbria.
The campaign is not just about businesses as the council hopes if local traders can sell their shop to a global audience, it will also be an advert for Kendal - boosting visitor numbers and the local economy.
– Councillor Giles Archibald, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Small Business
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our local businesses.
"The Google Juice programme will allow them to get important advice from the Internet giant Google which will in turn benefit their online presence and could make them more prosperous.
"It is a key part of the council’s strategy to support local businesses and to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore.”
– Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale
“A successful online presence is vital for businesses here in South Lakeland and successful small businesses mean a strong local economy.
"I hope that as many businesses as possible sign up to this event so they can take advantage of the expertise on offer from Google.”
– Dan Cobley, Managing Director at Google UK
“A recent Boston Consulting Group report found that small businesses actively using the Internet can grow eight times faster than those companies with no web presence.
"Our goal is to get businesses of all sizes to understand the importance of the Internet and how to use it to help the overall growth of their enterprise and the local economy.
"We hope that local businesses in South Lakeland will take advantage of this free digital session."
Police are investigating after a burglary in Ulverston.
The break-in took place last night (21 November) at the Co-Operative store on Priory Lane.
The offenders forces their way into the store, taking cigarettes, alcohol and an amount of cash. They also attempted to force open a cash machine, destroyed CCTV camera's and the stories alarm system.
This incident follows numerous other incidents in South Cumbria.
- Thursday 7 November - wires outside the Co-Operative Insurance store on The Square, Hawkshead were cut before those responsible forced themselves into the shop, damaging the internal alarm system
- Tuesday 19 November - offenders have cut the telephone wire outside the Co-Operative Travel store on Kents Bank Road, Grange-over-Sands before entering and damaging the alarm systems. No property was taken.
- Tuesday 19 November - telephone wires linking to Flookburgh Post Office on Market Street were cut. No other damage was caused and the Post Office was not broken into.
Police believe these cases to be linked and are appealing to anyone with information about them to contact them on the 101 number and ask for Barrow CID.
A former paratrooper from South Cumbria says skydiving has transformed his life after being injured in a blast.
After leaving the army, Alistair Hodgson became the first double amputee to skydive.
Now, he does it for Great Britain and he has been to Downing Street to raise awareness, saying more needs to be done to help injured soldiers.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.
ITV News has been to meet the newest stars of ITV drama Downton Abbey, and the latest faces in the show are from our region.
Like many actors, Cole and Logan Weston from South Cumbria, had a list of demands on set.
However, as Kenny Toal reports, theirs involved sweets, playtime and plenty of naps.
Watch his full report below.
The number of people sleeping rough or living with the threat of homelessness has more than doubled in the south Lakes over the last year.
The local council had to intervene in more than 100 cases last year to save people from ending up on the streets and are now looking at new ways to cope with the growing problem.
Ryan Dollard reports.
Andres Aldridge works at Manna House, which is a drop-in centre in Kendal aiming to help and advise vulnerable people who are facing homelessness.
She is encouraging people in difficulty to seek the help they need.
"In the last part of last year Manna House saw an unprecedented number of homeless clients - those who were rough sleeping.
"Although numbers fluctuate, in the first quarter of this year three people are known to us to be literally homeless and without a roof.
"That number, of course, doesn't account for the many more who are 'sofa surfing' and are vulnerably housed. We would encourage people to come to Manna House at the first sign of difficulty.
"We can help sort out budgets and benefits, advise about housing and refer people to services which can really help them.
"Drop in on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday and you will be very welcome. Our staff and volunteers understand how we can all get into difficulties and how we all need help at some point in our lives."
The number of people in South Lakeland who are claiming they either have nowhere to live or are worried about losing their homes has more than doubled in just 12 months.
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) say that the number of people reporting themselves as homeless has increased from 162 in 2010-2011 to 356 in 2011-2012.
The SLDC is joining forces with Eden District Council to draft a homelessness strategy that will aim to address the issue, which particularly affects young people.
Members of the public can give their views on the consultation until 20th May by visiting the SLDC website.
– Julie Jackson, SLDC's Senior Housing Strategy Officer
"The council has successfully prevented homelessness in 122 cases in 2011/12 and is increasing the provision of affordable housing to meet the identified needs.
"A social lettings agency has been established to increase privately rented homes for homeless households enabling people to move more quickly out of temporary accommodation.
"The new strategy demonstrates our commitment to tackle homelessness, recognising that the main way of doing this is by working in partnership with others so that the causes are addressed, not just the symptoms."
South Cumbria’s top cop, Chief Superintendent Paul Kennedy, has thankedlocal communities for helping to reduce crime in the area. Annual crime figures show overall crime in South Cumbria dropped by 7% in the last financialyear with 626 fewer victimsof crime recorded.
In South Lakeland, crimes reduced by 0.8% from 4,213 incidents to 4,179. Chief Superintendent Paul Kennedy has attributed the success to officers, staff, the community and other agencies working together to drive down crime and tackle anti-social behaviour.
“South Cumbria is made up of tight knit communities who inform us of any problems they face and do not shy away from working alongside us to tackle issues and rid our streets of crime.
The hard work that officers, staff and communities put in is clearly paying off and residents and visitors should be reassured that we have made South Cumbria even safer. We also have the benefit of good partnership arrangements with other agencies that help solve crime related issues in the area.
When we are fortunate to live in a county that experiences very low crime levels, anti-social behaviour can be the issue that has the most negative impact on a community’s life. We have worked closely with partners, schools and community groups to proactively tackle the problem.
As a result, anti-social behaviour has reduced significantly across the board. We are committed to continuing this success over the next twelve months and I’d like to thank our communities, officers, staff, and other agencies of South Cumbria for helping us to make such a positive difference.”