E-Commerce in Ireland is on the increase, consumers are engaging in buying online but it is estimated that only 23% of Irish SME’s are engaged in any meaningful way in E-Commerce sales. More and more businesses are realising the vast potential growth that can be gained by trading online.
Having an online presence which offers your products or services 24/7 means that your business is never closed. The digital sector contributes 4.4pc to Ireland’s GDP (€7.1bn) and this is growing at 16pc a year – more than 10 times the rate of growth of the economy as a whole. As online shopping gets increasingly more popular the time for businesses to embrace a digital market is right now.
The good news for companies who are planning to begin or improve their trading online is that the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources have teamed up with the local enterprise offices in offering online trading vouchers as part of The National Digital Strategy.
The vouchers can be applied for through the Local Enterprise Offices and are valued at up to €2,500 including VAT. There are certain criteria that a business must meet before being accepted for this grant. The application form can be viewed here and lists who might be eligible and what this grant can be used for.
Surge specialise in providing E-Commerce websites and would be delighted to assist any business interested in finding out more about the online trading vouchers. We can partner with you in providing exactly what your business needs to succeed online. Why not get in touch today and arrange a meeting to chat about your online presence.