Supports for Businesses

Ireland’s share of the digital market place is valued at €9 billion, and growing significantly. Unfortunately, the vast majority is going oversees to international retailers. 2017 research has found that :

  • 83% of consumers believe that all businesses should at least have a basic website
  • 68% of consumers believe that a business is ‘outdated’ if it does not have a website
  • 71% of consumers said they were ‘more likely’ to purchase from a business with a website

Therefore it is critical for all new and growing businesses to be able to get their business online. Despite this, only 30% of SME’s (including Micro-enterprises) with websites can process payments or take sales orders online in March 2017. This equates to only 13% of all SMEs (pdf).   While 85% of SMEs recognise the importance of their website, only 37% promote their businesses online and most have static websites lacking any functionality. 

As a result Irish businesses are losing sales which are going to overseas competitors.

Accessing High Speed Broadband

The costs for businesses to connect online are reducing since fibre has been rolled out into rural areas by open eir. To enquire about business connections contact one of open eir’s retail partners: http://fibrerollout.ie/rollout-map/where-to-buy/

For larger enterprises in rural areas enet can provide wireless internet services through one of its retail partners. You can contact enet directly about getting a connection through their enquiry page: http://enet.ie/make-enquiry.html

Enet also manage the MANs (Metropolitan Area Networks) in Clonee, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Kells, Navan, and Trim. The MANs can supply dedicated business services and has become the backbone internet network for many businesses and organisations throughout Ireland. To find a retailer to connect you to the MANs contact enet via their enquiries page http://enet.ie/make-enquiry.html

Getting your Business Online

The Local Enterprise Office Meath provides the supports to assist businesses to begin to trade online. For SME’s the Local Enterprise Office delivers the Trading Online Voucher Scheme for the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

This scheme offers companies up to 10 employees and turnovers less than €2 Million a grant of up to €2,500 towards developing their website and capabilities to engage in e-commerce.

The Local Enterprise Office also offers mentoring and a range of training courses designed to give you the skills to trade online effectively.