Fundació puntCAT creates over 150 websites for local shops in Girona in 27 days
Today is the comerçlocal.cat scheme´s last day in Girona. In its 27 days of action in the city, more than 150 local shops have taken advantage of this project to have their first website on the Internet.
This initiative has been very well received in the city and has helped create awareness of the opportunities that the digital world can offer to small shops. According to the Mayor of Girona, Marta Madrenas, “This scheme works in the same direction as one of the Town Council’s priorities: the economic revitalisation of the area. Technology must be used for the people, to improve their quality of life and facilitate human, economic, cultural or territorial relations”.
The comerçlocal.cat project aims to reduce the lack of online presence of many shops in Catalonia: according to a number of reports, 70% of businesses with less than 10 employees do not have an online presence. This action marks the start of the tour of the comerçlocal.cat scheme to other towns in the region wishing to take part. The next stop of this tour will be at the municipality of Castell-Platja d’Aro, where the scheme will be applied from 21 November to 2 December.
Castell-Platja d’Aro shop owners wishing to take part in this digitisation campaign can make an appointment either by calling the freephone number 900 866192 or through the website www.comerçlocal.cat. Just like in Girona, once the appointment has been made, the shop in question will be visited by a professional team from Fundació puntCAT to develop the website right there and then, in Catalan, leaving it designed and in operation by the end of the visit. For the .cat domain purchase price (€8), shop owners get a free website including hosting on a server.
The comerçlocal.cat scheme is backed by the Catalan Government through the Department of Linguistic Policy (Direcció de Política Lingüística), the Department of Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and the Digital Society (Secretaria de Telecomunicacions, Ciberseguretat i Societat Digital) and the Department of Economy and Knowledge (Departament d’Economia i Coneixement).