(Ping! Zine) – As founding Technology Sponsor of The Great Exhibition 2012, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, (www.fasthosts.co.uk), a leading web hosting provider, today launched a competition that encourages individuals and businesses to get online. To support and celebrate The Great Exhibition 2012, each month for 25 months, Fasthosts will provide a worthy applicant with infrastructure they need to be successful online – laptop, software and hosting services. Every month, the company will also be awarding a very substantial amount of internet services to help people promote any company, sport, hobby or community project to the rest of the nation. Fasthosts invites any UK individual or company to nominate their project for support. Entrants should also suggest reasons why they feel Britain is great. Participants can enter at http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/the-great-exhibition/entry/.
Until the start of The Great Exhibition 2012 festival on 1st June 2012, Fasthosts will each month award a First Prize of a DELL laptop, 3 years free Business Premium hosting package (including software to build, optimise and monitor a website), a domain name and Microsoft Exchange email. Furthermore, Fasthosts will support 20 further projects every month that will receive 3 years free business web hosting.
To take part, entrants need only complete a quick online application, whether it is for support of a new or existing business, or a personal, charitable or community organisation project. During the Great Exhibition, there will be a special award to recognise and celebrate the best new online business and best online community project from all the participants.
Steve Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, said “The ‘Get Online’ competition is a great opportunity for those individuals or organisations with great ideas but limited resources. In the spirit of the festival, we aim to provide the Internet as a way to champion as many great new British endeavors as possible”.
Fasthosts’ latest ‘Get Online’ First Prize is awarded to Lakhbinder Douley from Wolverhampton, who will use the prize to launch a community website to promote local events, activities and clubs, particularly for those with special needs. Lakhbinder comments, “My aim is to get youngsters who don’t access any activities to become more involved. The website will be a great starting point for creating an organisation, partly managed by young people, to inform and inspire those who do not normally engage in sports or social activities”.
The Great Exhibition 2012 event, which is billed as the biggest of its kind in more than a generation, will open on 1 June 2012 and will echo similar events held in London in 1851 and 1951. The festival will showcase the advances and innovations that put Britain at the forefront of digital development, celebrating British creativity and entrepreneurialism. Live events and performances will take place throughout the 77-day season on the site at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. Full details at http://www.thegreatexhibition2012.co.uk.
Holford added, “So much of how we view the world and opportunities today is influenced by our online experience. The web can make a huge difference to a project, so we encourage as many people as possible to nominate their ideas today”.
Furthermore, Fasthosts recently pledged support for ‘Race Online 2012’, a Government-backed project that aims to make the UK the first nation in the world where everyone can use the web. Fasthosts has pledged help to get more people online throughout the UK by training its resellers in how best to educate end-users about the benefits of using Internet solutions. To achieve this, the company will deliver a series of instructional webinars on the subject, running from October 2010 through to February 2011. This commitment is in addition to the Fasthosts pledge of support with The Great Exhibition to support 25 businesses going online in the run up to the festival and to provide hosting to dozens of runners up.
As a leading web host, Fasthosts offers a comprehensive range of web solutions including domain name registrations, email solutions (including mobile email services), shared web hosting, virtual servers, dedicated servers, secure online storage, online payment services, reseller web hosting and feature-rich broadband packages. All data is hosted in Fasthosts’ state-of-the-art UK based data centre. Full details can be found at http://www.fasthosts.co.uk
Full details of the Get Online Competition and entry form can be found at http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/the-great-exhibition/entry/.
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