Hemel Hempstead residents can now get free business advice at their local library.
Herts County Council has extended its partnership with the award-winning live chat facility Mi Ventures, to offer visitors free, one-to-one, online business advice at 10 more libraries.
The Mi Ventures advice service, which has been available at Welwyn Garden City Central Library since May 2014, provides an ‘instant’ portal for expert business advice from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.
The new service, available on Herts Library computers, is ideal for self-employed people or anyone thinking of starting up a business.
By typing a question on the web chat service, you will receive an instant reply from an experienced business advisor.
As well as Hemel Hempstead Library, the service is now being rolled out to libraries in Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Harpenden, Hatfield, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, St Albans, Stevenage, Watford,
Cabinet member for public health, localism and libraries, Teresa Heritage, said: “This partnership demonstrates Hertfordshire County Council’s commitment to supporting business enterprise in the county, and is just one of the ways that our libraries use digital technology to improve the services available to Hertfordshire residents.”
Director of Mi Ventures, Greg Thomas, said: “We’re excited to be going into a further 10 libraries in Hertfordshire. This partnership will allow even more residents to be able to easily access instant business advice from advisors whenever they need it.
“By having this easily accessible service at these libraries we hope to both support and encourage enterprise across the county and beyond.”