Thursday 29 September 2016

Optimise Fund launches with €150,000 for SMEs online

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

The fund is to support Irish SMEs and micro- enterprises in enhancing their online presence and in becoming e-commerce enabled
The fund is to support Irish SMEs and micro- enterprises in enhancing their online presence and in becoming e-commerce enabled

One in four small and medium enterprises (SMEs) here doesn't have a website and many fear that lack of technical know how is holding them back.

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Crucially, the vast majority of Irish businesses are still not equipped to take and process consumer sales online.

Just over a third of firms that do have a website can process payments online and just 42pc process sales orders online - that's according to the IE Digital Health Index produced by IE Domain Registry (IEDR).

It has launched its €150,000 OPTIMISE Fund for 2016.

The fund is to support Irish SMEs and micro- enterprises in enhancing their online presence and in becoming e-commerce enabled.

Since 2011, the OPTIMISE Fund has provided funding to 75 Irish businesses.

Irish Independent

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