Free .co.uk domain to get your business online

Whenever I want to find out about a company, say to check the services they offer or whether they seem genuine, I usually Google them. Most of the companies I check out have some sort of online presence, but there are still those that don’t. Perhaps some think a website isn’t necessary, but in today’s connected world I’m more and more convinced that everyone should have at least an online “brochure” of sorts.

The Getting British Business Online campaign launched on the 25th of February, and aims to get one hundred thousand UK businesses online within a year. The scheme is backed by the UK Government in partnership with British Telecom and Google. It offers a .co.uk domain name free for two years (after which registration fees apply) and the use of Google Sites to design your website. You can point your domain to your own web hosting if you like too, which is nice for people who find Google Sites a bit basic.

What’s the catch? As far as I can see, there isn’t one. I’m always wary of offers that appear too good to be true, because they usually are, but it seems that this really is an offer of a free domain and site design system. You do agree that you’ll use the site to promote your business, so I’m not sure what would happen if they noticed you were using it for your pet cat’s blog, but that’s fair enough, isn’t it?

If you’ve been putting off setting up an online presence for your business, whether it’s a fully-fledged company or you’re a sole trader working from your garage, check out Getting British Business Online and nab your free website now.

Thanks to James Doc for the head’s up on the GBBO scheme.

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Comments

  1. It does seem a great idea and I hope it's successful, but there is a part of me that wonders if it's a mistake. Will getting businesses online for no cost at all mean they won't value their new websites or put any effort into them? Are we going to end up with thousands of really bad sites that have no love and attention?

  2. Hi Mike. That's a very real possibility, isn't it? I think we will get a load of people setting up sites “just because I can”, but the few who are willing to put the effort into making their site good will really reap the benefits. I've seen a few sites set up via GBBO that are genuinely innovative and useful, and hopefully there will be plenty more.