This free event aims to help small businesses reach a wider market online

A major free event to improve the online trading and market reach of business in the Greater Dublin Region will take place in the Red Cow Hotel on Monday 3rd April from 9.30am – 1.30pm.

Hosted by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) South Dublin, in partnership with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and LEOs in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath, this Trading Online Event will provide more than 200 business people from the region with information on supports to start trading online as well as insights to identify emerging trends to help grow their share of online business.

Local Enterprise Offices in the Greater Dublin Region have helped more than 1000 businesses to grow their online revenues and presence with support from the Government’s Trading Online Voucher Scheme.

In the months to come, these figures are set to increase significantly as more small business owners realise that getting online can be more than just a lifeline – it can be a fast track to growth and prosperity.

As well as a panel discussion with top industry experts, this focused morning event will cover topics ranging from developing a powerful marketing strategy, to engaging audiences through social channels and emerging trends, to telling your own unique business story.

Experts from Amazon, Facebook and RTE will take to the stage, along with local businesses who can share their practical experiences.

Speaking of the event, Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said:

“Ireland needs more businesses selling their goods and services on the internet.

“Companies that remain offline are missing out on a huge opportunity to capture some of the €14,000 worth of business transacted online every minute, up to 70% of which goes overseas.

“This event aims to create momentum and activate businesses to trade online, as well as highlight the opportunity of my Department’s Trading Online Voucher Scheme.

“I want to significantly increase uptake of the Scheme across every city, provincial town and rural area so that thousands more businesses reap the benefits in terms of increased growth, sales and exports.

“According to our surveys, businesses grow on average by 21% and 60% export for the first time. Importantly, urban and rural based businesses benefit equally from this online opportunity”.

Head of Enterprise with LEO South Dublin, Colm Ward highlighted the importance of online trade to local businesses:

“We are proud to support this event which is all about helping small businesses to reach a wider market through developing their online trading capability.

“This makes local business more sustainable and creates additional local jobs in doing so.

“This event offers these businesses the support and advice to maximise the opportunities provided by the Trading Online Voucher Scheme from Local Enterprise Offices.”

The event is free of charge and can be booked online through Local Enterprise Offices in Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare. Early booking is recommended.

For further information please contact the Local Enterprise Office South Dublin on 01 -4149000 or visit www.localenterprise.ie/southdublin for more information.

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