New sellers on ebay.ie have reported success on the e-commerce site following the launch of its Up and Running programme which aims to support small to medium sized (SMEs) Irish businesses struggling amid the COVID-19 restrictions.
Almost 140 businesses in Ireland joined the new Up and Running programme in May in a bid to keep afloat and reach new markets and new customers amid the pandemic. The initiative was developed by the global e-commerce site to help local SMEs sell products at a time when many had to shut up shop due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
The programme supports Irish businesses that are new to eBay by setting them up on the platform, removing all fees for the first three months, offering guidance and mentorship, and providing a direct line of communication to a dedicated eBay Ireland team.
Those that joined the programme sell a wide variety of products, including, chocolates, fabrics, beauty products, musical instruments and more. One company, Uncanny Collectibles, reported a 40% increase in sales during the month of May after joining eBay Ireland’s Up and Running programme.
Commenting on the initative, eBay Ireland’s site lead, Hazel Mitchell said, "The Up and Running Programme has given Irish businesses, new and old, the chance to survive and even thrive amid what is a very uncertain time. Being a business owner is tough at the best of times, but never more so than the past few months when government restrictions have forced the majority of retail businesses to shut up shop. If reopening is a worry or cashflow is a cause for anxiety, we want businesses to know that they can expand their selling capabilities by joining the eBay Up and Running programme and we are here to help."
She added, "Many sellers that joined the Up and Running programme in April and May have reported increased frequency of sales, a wider market reach, and their first global sale. This isn’t just great for the businesses involved, but it’s also fantastic for the local economy, which is under huge strain at this time. The programme is still available to join so we invite businesses across Ireland to get in contact with us today and find out how we can help them enhance their selling capabilities."