The Irish internet domain registry is, for the second year, offering SMEs the chance to tap into its €100,000 website development fund, Optimise.
The fund will provide 10 businesses with €10,000 worth of consultation, training and e-commerce development support services to improve their online presence. Key areas to be supported include real-time payment options, an online catalogue, order processing and booking facilities.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said helping businesses expand online was part of the Government’s plan to create jobs. "A key part of the Government’s strategy for jobs and growth is to encourage businesses to adopt innovative business practices to help them survive and grow in these difficult times.
"Developing an online presence and getting involved in e-commerce are crucial ways in which small businesses can adapt and find new markets, but to date in Ireland we have not made the progress on this that we might have."
IE Domain Registry chief executive David Curtin said that a fully-enabled e-commerce website would help Irish businesses access a wider market.
"Ireland already has a reputation for excellence online with one of the world’s safest, most trusted domain names in .ie." he said.
This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Wednesday, April 25, 2012