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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.

  • Blacknight Solutions is running a series of business recovery webinars that will cover building a website in 20-minutes, adding an online store or booking system to your website and how to communicate online.
  • Register 365 is offering Microsoft 365 free for the first month, a rapid website that can be built in 3 days and 40% off starter or WordPress web hosting.
  • FCR Media is offering a free fully featured online shop for SMEs to sell their products and services.
  • dmac media is offering free website help for frontline healthcare providers.
  • Aura Internet has created a website with free listings for all SMEs selling online – www.buyingonline.ie.

Practical business advice and digital supports

Many of the representative organisations that we partner with and other companies have useful information on their websites.

Training and upskilling

Now might be a great opportunity to upskill, both for business owners and staff members. Some options are outlined below.

How-to guides

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.

Important note

*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.*