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Firms Ready To Gain On The Internet 

Businesses in Coventry and Warwickshire can advertise their services for free a when a a special networking  website for the region is launched this week.

Go4gain has been developed at the University of Warwick as a way of allowing firms in the West Midlands to link up and swap ideas.

Companies that register will be able to put details about their services and activities on the site for free. They will also get access to special groups and teaching facilities.

The site, which has been developed with the backing of the CBI will be launched in London as part of a day lobbying big businesses based in the capital to recognise the benefits of investing in the West Midlands.

Experts from Carnegie Mellon University in America  - where the Lycos search engine was developed - have been working on the site as part of a £40 million link-up with Warwick Manufacturing Group.

Ian McCarthy of WMG said the new site would use a sophisticated database to build a business library that would group information about certain companies together.

He said:

“If you wanted to look at taxation rules, or for venture capitalist then you will be able to find them easily.”

There will also be a regional library, events diary and forum for announcements or discussions.

The site will also develop learning areas, where people in the same industry, or sector can discuss certain issues.

Companies submitting their information will be asked for contact information, logos, any pictures of their products, a brief description of their work and keywords that will help users find them.

The site can be accessed from Friday.
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