COVID-19 Digital Business Supports
Many businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Now more than ever, businesses are turning to online and digital options to keep trading. We have compiled resources and supports available from a range of service providers both government and private sector. This page will be updated as further information becomes available.
Digital and e-commerce solutions
Some of our .ie accredited Registrars and digital partners that we work with have put together packages and resources aimed at helping small businesses during this time improve their online capabilities.
- dmac media are offering free website help for frontline healthcare providers.
- Aura Internet have created a website with free listings for all SMEs selling online – www.buyingonline.ie.
- Blacknight Solutions have written a really useful blog on 10 essential business tools and tips for remote working.
Practical business advice and digital supports
Many of the representative organisations that we partner with and other companies have useful information on their websites.
- The Local Enterprise Offices have been very quick to provide information on business supports relating to COVID-19. Many LEOs around the country have moved their training events online, using webinars.
- The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) have announced they are doing a webinar series for designers and makers. They have also published detailed FAQs to support Irish designers and makers and to keep clients and member organisations informed of supports available.
- Dogpatch Labs decided to make their First Friday of Startups totally digital rather than the usual physical meetups. Check it out for some really useful webinars, talks and mentoring.
- One of Engineers Ireland’s member, Akkure, an Irish digital health startup, has unveiled the COVIDMedBot, an online personalised risk assessment and guideline tool for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Facebook are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help businesses experiencing disruptions resulting from COVID-19.
- E-commerce website, www.nrgstore.ie is offering to host small Irish retailers on its online sales platform for free as COVID-19 continues to impact trading.
- Small + Local was created as a resource to find and promote independent businesses. If you are a business that would like to be included on it, get in touch with them.
- If you’re a trades person looking for work, it might be useful to register with tradesmen.ie.
Training and upskilling
Now might be a great opportunity to upskill, both for business owners and staff members. Some options are outlined below.
- Digital Marketing Institute has a range of digital marketing courses that can be done online.
- Some of the Local Enterprise Offices are running courses online. Check in with your local office.
- Irish Times Training are offering free online webinars on various topics over the coming weeks.
There are some excellent guides from various digital sources which may be useful.
- Here’s some practical advice from DunLaoghaireTown.ie about How to get started with click & collect.
- There is a great piece from Econsultancy on the Do’s and Don’ts of email marketing during COVID-19. Customers are being bombarded with a lot of additional email, so it’s important to offer timely advice that is of use to your customers.
- Many bricks and mortar businesses are having to close their doors at present. Shopify has a really useful blog on short term revenue strategies which are quick to implement.
- Adrian Weckler from the Irish Independent has created a short video on How to make your first Zoom group video call in under 60 seconds which is handy for online meetings.
- If you’re looking to set up a website, check out our e-books which could be useful resources on your online journey.
- Businesses can benefit from the range of digital tools available. In our latest blog, we have selected some of the best options to make up our top 10 tools to work smarter and grow faster.
*There have been some reports of websites internationally offering COVID-19 related products for sale, including test kits. Test kits such as these are not medically approved or sanctioned and should not be purchased. Any instances should be brought to the attention of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and the Health Products Regulatory Authority immediately.*