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Selling Online Update – Buy Local Online, Buy Irish Online in 2020

Selling Online

It has and continues to be a strange time for many. However, the one thing lock down did show was the demand for online buying. We saw a significant increase in online sales across a number of product and service ecommerce websites since April 2020. Along with an increase in demand for buying local online – your customers want to support you online and offline in 2020 so make sure you are selling online!

If you are not already selling online you need to seriously consider it. Traditionally (is the internet old enough!), from October online sales would increase with the Christmas and Thanksgiving buying spree. It’s likely, this will increase this year with some people who would have normally bought offline not wanting to go in to shops and buying online instead! You need to have your product or service available online for sale, to retain some of your existing customers and capture new customers. There are a number of ecommerce / selling online supports available which you can check out below. We have also launched a number of ecommerce websites over the Summer and we want to give these a shout out:

Buyingonline.ie – this is a small directory we created to list as many Irish SMEs we could find selling online, to help promote their website
ModernFashions.ie – bridal and mother of the bride fashion
Sillisprepveg.ie – fresh fruit and veg
Golo.ie – insurance for home, farm and business
Depaor.ie – marketing and pr advice in the agri sector
EvelannsBoutique.ie – ladies fashion wear brands include Marble, Feria, Joseph Ribhoff
FankandPollykids.ie – kids clothing and fashion
Hisun.ie – anodized aluminum name plates
PatrickKavanaghCentre.com – recently revamped Patrick Kavanagh Centre – visitor bookings online and books for sale
AvidaBoutique.ie – casual, office and special occasion fashion

Selling Online Supports and Grants

Local Enterprise Office TOVs – Trading Online Voucher, maximum €2500 or 90% grant available up to 30th of September 2020

LEO Monaghan TOV
LEO Donegal TOV

Trading Online Voucher /TOV Training Dates

Intertrade Ireland – Emerge programme currently open

Enterprise Ireland – Online Retail Scheme closed at the moment but may reopen again in 2020. Minimum grant €10,000 maximum around €40,000

Enterprise Ireland – Business Improvement Grant ongoing