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€10k fund for websites

A TOTAL of 10 small and micro-business with an .ie website can tap a €10,000 fund to help develop online consultation.

The OPTIMISE Fund will provide 10 recipients with €10,000 worth of consultation, training and e-commerce development support services to begin the process of "optimising" their existing online presence. Central to this will be an upgrade in terms of e-commerce capability, for example through the incorporation of real-time payments, an online catalogue or order processing.

A total of 66pc of Irish businesses had a website by 2009, compared with 40pc in 2000.

However, only 21pc had any e-commerce capability, a marginal increase of just 3pc since 2000.