A new trade body, Digital Business Ireland (DBI), has been set up to represent the interests of all businesses conducting business online in, and from, Ireland.
DBI will provide insights, training, education, advocacy, policy and compliance advice to all Irish businesses selling or promoting goods and services online across the globe.
DBI has a number of internal committees that will help drive the policy agenda of the membership. The Policy & Government Affairs committee will be headed up by experienced data and technology lawyer and partner at Lewis Silkin, Victor Timon; the Sustainability and CSR committee will be chaired by former AIB executive, Rose O’Donovan; communications expert, Martina Fitzgerald will chair the Women in eBusiness committee, experienced HR professional Tracy O'Brien will chair the Talent committee while Head of eCommerce at Flexi-Fi Europe, David Campbell will chair the Digital Marketing committee.
Members will also benefit from the organisation's affiliation to eCommerce Europe which will represent members’ interests at European level. The representative body has also a detailed events plan for 2020 which includes a conference, awards, and case studies along with a number of individual training sessions.
DBI say these will bring cutting edge speakers to Ireland to aid those selling online to become successful exporters into other marketplaces , and advise on best practice to ensure their businesses are safeguarded in a growing legislative environment.
Commenting on the initiative, CEO of DBI Lorraine Higgins said, "DBI will focus on a commonality of sectoral interests ranging from digital marketing, logistics, data and privacy, online sales, payments to digital taxation. We endeavour to deliver real benefits to our members who have a broad sectoral reach from retail, hospitality, professional services, property, leisure, travel to agri-businesses."