Wednesday, September 26 11:41:27
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland's official Internet address .ie, today announced fifteen recipients of the company's OPTIMISE 2012 Fund.
The OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund was launched last year to raise awareness of low levels of e-commerce activity by Irish SMEs and micro-enterprises and to provide practical assistance to a targeted number of companies to upgrade their online presence and grow their business using the Internet as a sales channel.
Following the launch of the 2012 OPTIMISE Fund, the IEDR, on reviewing the applications, decided to provide additional funding to a further five participants bringing to 15 the number of companies who will benefit from this year's scheme.
Each of the 15 winners will be provided with practical assistance to begin the process of upgrading their existing online presence to fully featured websites which incorporate e-commerce functionality and other facilities designed to support business development. Recipients of funding from the scheme will be better placed to harness the potential of the Internet as a 24 hour sales and marketing channel and gain a competitive advantage.
The 15 recipients will each receive up to 11 days' professional technical and marketing support which will allow them to plan and execute a major e-commerce upgrade.
They are comprised of both start-up and established businesses in a diverse range of business sectors including travel agents, Touramerica.ie, paradering.ie, which sells thoroughbred horses and design collective, Desigh51.ie.