A May 2016 report commissioned by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment found:
- The digital economy represents 6% (€12.3bn) of Ireland's GDP
- That means that Irish consumers spend around €850,000 per hour online, 24 hours a day, which represents more than a 20% increase since 2012
- In the more specific sub category of integration of digital technology by business, Ireland is significantly ahead of the EU average in SMEs Selling online (32% of Irish SME’s sell online V EU average of 16%)
However, we must continue to encourage more and more business online.
Trading Online Assistance
This Department's Local Enterprise Offices partner with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment in bringing the Trading Online Voucher Scheme into place.
Useful sources of Information
Local Enterprise Offices information on the Trading Online Scheme:
The Local Enterprise Offices also provides general information on the issue. See, for example, Dublin City LEO's information on Trading Online.
In addition to their role in implementing the Trading Online Vouchers Scheme, the Local Enterprise Offices also run a range of training courses, conferences and seminars aimed at facilitating businesses at all stages of development, including start-up, to build their online trading capacity and to engage in digital innovation, including through social media.
Enterprise Europe Network Tips for Selling Online:
Watify provides a guidance tool on both the practical steps and what the legal rules are in order to ensure that your company is compliant with the regulatory environment when starting to sell online, particularly when selling in another EU country: