Digital Business Ireland announces partnership with Cork-based digital infrastructure company

Ireland’s dedicated eBusiness representative body, Digital Business Ireland, has today announced a partnership with Cork-based digital infrastructure company, OpenOut Ltd.

OpenOut provides creative and effective digital solutions to connectivity problems experienced by individuals and businesses in areas traditionally difficult to reach through the main broadband providers.

Lorraine Higgins, Chief Executive of Digital Business Ireland said “We are delighted to team up with OpenOut to help rural businesses who are finding it difficult to avail of all the possibilities online presents because of the lack of effective connectivity in some areas. We are all aware of the many challenges faced in bridging the digital divide between urban and rural Ireland. If nothing else, the current COVID-19 crisis has taught us that digital infrastructure, in our businesses, educational settings and at home must be robust enough to meet the challenges of the future. We look forward to working with OpenOut to achieve this and to ensure that each and every business has the capacity to fully realise their digital potential.”

CEO of OpenOut, Peter Walsh saidThe absence of reliable connectivity can cause rural businesses to be hesitant in adopting new technologies. OpenOut is committed to helping rural businesses overcome the digital hurdles placed in their way, to grow, thrive and encourage people to work and live in rural areas.”

“In order to do this effectively, we provide homes and businesses with workable solutions such as mobile Signal Boosters to improve cellular coverage in premises, mobile broadband for those who do not have access to traditional broadband, provision of WiFi Hot-Spots in public areas such as tourist attractions, town centres and shopping malls. With many businesses embracing online to offset the worst of the recent pandemic we are glad to help provide digital equality.”

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About DBI

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector.

Set up in 2019, DBI is a not-for-profit representative body that is made up of 3,400 digital businesses across a range of sectors to include technology, retail, hospitality, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property. Our network of affiliate members include Health Stores Ireland, the Association of Fine Jewellers, Donegal Women in Business Network, County Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Inspire Network, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers and Digital HQ, Dún Laoghaire.

DBI is proud to offer cutting-edge training, insights and events to those that form part of our network. Businesses are guaranteed complimentary advisory services, insights, advocacy and public policy influence at National and European level – all of which helps businesses to thrive and achieve their digital ambitions. We also partner with companies that are aligned to the core interests of the organisation and demonstrate a value-proposition to the membership. 

About OpenOut

OpenOut Ltd. was founded with the vision to innovate out of the box solutions to improve connectivity issues in rural Ireland ranging from poor cellular coverage to unavailability of broadband connections as well as modernizing digital landscape by enabling businesses to adopt new technologies ranging from basic online presence to fully fledged eCommerce. Openout Ltd is a sister company of CosakUK which has 25 years experience in the IT and Telecommunications Industry.

www.openout.ie  

Digital Business Ireland announces partnership with Grouper Technology

Ireland’s dedicated eBusiness representative body, Digital Business Ireland, has today announced that it has joined forces with leading governance, risk, compliance and SaaS advisory company, Grouper Technology.

The partnership will aim to assist DBI businesses with their governance, risk, compliance and SaaS requirements as they work to adapt their current work systems and enhance their digital capacity.

Grouper Technology CEO, Mojtaba Akbari, has vast experience in transcending and dismantling technology silos, improving process, and operations integration and improving efficiency in business. He is an adviser on digital governance, risk and compliance portfolios across a multiple of organisations to include Aer Lingus.

Commenting on the partnership, Lorraine Higgins, Chief Executive of Digital Business Ireland said “The business world endured an unprecedented level of disruption in recent times and many have been forced to adapt and change their processes and pivot to digital to sustain their models. This brings new risks and opportunities, and so, this partnership made sense to us on a number of levels. Grouper is a leading advisory company in the governance, risk and compliance space and as businesses navigate the new digital landscape it is important they are equipped to deal with what lies ahead. Partnering with Grouper Technology means our members will be ready to meet these challenges and, more crucially, to offset them.”

Mojtaba Akbari, Founder and CEO of Grouper Technology said “We are delighted to partner with Digital Business Ireland who we have watched grow substantially in recent months. With the advent of Covid-19, technology and digital platforms are now playing an increasingly critical role in every aspect of businesses. Grouper Technology will help businesses unlock the full potential of the significant transformation businesses are currently undergoing while offering affordable solutions thereby ensuring secure platforms, efficient remote collaboration and integrated business organisational and development tools”.

This partnership will help support DBI businesses accelerate their digital transformations by bringing together crucial insights in areas such as eCommerce software, digital business strategy, online product ideation, online collaboration operating models and organisational change management”.

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About DBI

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector. Set up in 2019, DBI counts over 3,200 businesses in its community with Health Stores Ireland, the Association of Fine Jewellers, County Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Inspire Network and IPAV among its affiliate members. It continues to grow its membership footprint across a wide range of online and digital businesses to include technology, retail, hospitality, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property.

DBI provides a range of services to its membership to include training and events, networking opportunities, general advisory, insights, advocacy and public policy influence all which facilitates digital businesses grow, thrive and achieve their ambitions.

About  Grouper

Grouper  helps corporations create innovative management systems, tools and technologies that empower quality assurance particularly relating to governance, risk, and compliance. The firm has partnered with some leading companies to help their digital transformation journey by providing them with best in class technology services and industry-leading solutions including ERP and HRIS platforms.

Grouper’s solutions are conducted through deep industry research as well as design and implementation of pilot cloud-based environments hosted in some of the safest Clouds available. In 2017, Grouper partnered with Bitrix24, one of the largest ERP platforms and has since been implementing the solution to its clients. Today, Grouper is the Gold Partner for Bitrix24 and the only European Partner for BambooHR’s HRM platform and offers two primary pillars of “Specialized Application Solutions” and “IT Advisory Services” with four key advisory services aligned to industry best practices:

  •  Human Resource Management System SaaS Implementation ( HCM / HRIS)  Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP) Implementation
  • Portfolio, Programme and Project Assurance
  • Information Technology Service Management
  • Change Management, Process Improvement and Transformation
  • Audit, Training and Implementation of various Management systems (Cyber Resilience, Enterprise Architecture, Business Continuity and Data Protection)  

 More information can be found on: www.bamboohr.ie and www.bitrix24.ie and www.grouper.ie.

Digital activity soared over April – DBI & Hikari

Retail traffic up 60%, 30% increase in .ie domain registrations 

Digital Business Ireland (DBI), the representative body for online businesses and Hikari, a data solutions and business insights company, today said that digital activity has continued to soar over Covid-19. The companies were reacting to the April 2020 statistics collated right across a number of online operators for their Digital Data Hub.  

The Digital Data Hub is designed for CEOs and business development strategists who can access important business insights ranging from the number of new websites registered to the increase of traffic on social media sites and the most popular items being bought online. The Hub allows businesses map the important changes the virus is affecting on businesses with the data results being refreshed weekly.   

DBI and Hikari have collated the information from a range of sources to include the CSO, the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Core Optimisation, Wolfgang Digital, IEDR, KBC Bank, the ESRI and Sky Media. 

The Digital Data Hub can be accessed by clicking on www.digitalbusinessireland.ie/digital-data-hub 

Founder of Digital Business Ireland, Lorraine Higgins said “April has seen a succession of positive data regarding online and digital activity with a stand-out statistic emerging in the form of the increase in domain registrations which hit 30% over that month.  The move to an online platform over this period can be best understood when you look at the steady increase of online retail traffic which has increased by 60%.”  

“Having a holistic view of all the online data available is helpful for business owners, analysts and strategists who will find it useful to make informed decisions and help them pivot their company to where their market is”. 

Commenting on the April statistics, Eamon Moore, CEO of Hikari said “There is a lot of positivity to take from the latest figures in the Digital Data Hub. With consumer sentiment on the rise and significant increases in online and digital activity, businesses are now presented with an opportunity to rethink how they interact, communicate and service their customers as well as how they propose to connect with new ones. It is great to see businesses demonstrating agility and embracing digital technologies which is evidenced by the increases in domain registrations and online revenues.”

Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers joins DBI Advisory Council

Jeff Gear will bring sectoral insights to the Organisation

Ireland’s dedicated digital and eCommerce representative body, Digital Business Ireland (DBI) has today announced the appointment of Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, Jeff Gear,  to its Advisory Council.

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector and provides a range of services to its membership to include training and events, networking opportunities, general advisory, insights, advocacy and public policy influence all which facilitates digital businesses grow, thrive and achieve their ambitions.

Jeff Gear is steeped in jewellery retailing with the family business established by his father, Thomas Gear in 1969. Since then the Gear name has been synonymous with high quality jewellery in Dublin where they currently operate from their state-of-the-art premises on Parnell Street. Since they were established, a strong legacy of customer service and quality has been the cornerstone of their business. Jeff prides himself on providing his customers with a modern, fresh and glamourous shopping experience and this is evident both in store and in his store’s online presence, where he uses Ireland’s latest way to pay – flexifi to give his customers the opportunity to buy now and pay later.

Lorraine Higgins, Founder and CEO of Digital Business Ireland said “We are delighted to welcome the Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, Jeff Gear, to the Digital Business Ireland Advisory Council. We have no doubt that we will benefit from his sectoral expertise, insights and contributions. Jeff will join a vastly experienced committee counting some of Ireland’s top ecommerce, communications and business minds whose mission is to enable and empower Irish SMEs embrace the endless opportunities digital business offers. This has never been more important in a rapidly changing business eco-system”.  

Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, Jeff Gear said “I am delighted to join the Advisory Council of Digital Business Ireland. Through my own experience as a business owner and as Vice-President of the Association of Fine Jewellers, I fully appreciate how invaluable an organisation like Digital Business Ireland is for SMEs during these times as they look to pivot to online in order to embrace further opportunities outside of their traditional geographical area. Enhancing our digital offering is crucial for the future and I look forward to working with DBI to shape initiatives that will benefit my sector.”

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About Digital Business Ireland

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector. Set up in 2019, DBI has access to over 3,200 businesses and counts Health Stores Ireland, the Association of Fine Jewellers, County Kildare Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Inspire Network and IPAV among its membership. It continues to grow its membership footprint across a wide range of online and digital businesses to include technology, retail, hospitality, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property.

DBI provides a range of services to its membership to include training and events, networking opportunities, general advisory, insights, advocacy and public policy influence all which facilitates digital businesses grow, thrive and achieve their ambitions.

About the Association of Fine Jewellers

The Association of Fine jewellers was established in 1966, and represents 150 of the best small to medium sized retail jewellers on the island of Ireland, many of whom are 2nd and 3rd generation families steeped in the local communities for decades. The Association aims to encourage their members to be specialist jewellers with the highest education, ethical and professional standards.

About Digital Business Ireland’s Advisory Council

Digital Business Ireland’s Advisory Council guides and strategically plans for the future of digital and eCommerce representation across all sectors of the Irish economy.

The Council includes senior business leaders and policy experts in eCommerce, communications, finance and public affairs. Each member has something tangible to contribute to the eCommerce landscape in Ireland.

Membership of the body includes:

  • Sarah Carroll – International eCommerce Consultant, Author, formerly of the UK Trade Development Office
  • PJ Byrne – CEO of Flexi-Fi Europe Ltd
  • Victor Timon – Data, Privacy, Tech Lawyer, Lewis Silkin
  • Peter Walsh – CEO OpenOut Ltd
  • Rose O’ Donovan – Financial Services expert
  • Aine Collins – Director eFM Ireland and former TD
  • David Campbell – Head of eCommerce at Flexi-Fi Europe Ltd
  • Alasdair McDonnell – Former MP & leader of the SDLP
  • Luke Moriarty – MD of the Moriarty Group
  • Eamon Moore – Founder & CEO of Hikari Data Solutions
  • Martina Fitzgerald – Communications expert
  • Adam Hankin – MD Wagestream
  • Tracy O’Brien – MD The People Password
  • Cathie Farrell – Associate Director, Financial Services at Grant Thornton
  • Jeff Gear – Vice-President, Association of Fine Jewellers, MD Gear Jewellery

Remote Working: Help your team thrive and be ready for the future of work

By Tracy O’Brien

There is a lot of discussion at the moment about remote working and how companies can succeed at it.  But like all great successes the best approach is to keep things simple. 

So, simply put, there are 3 key areas that you need to keep a focus on to ensure that remote working works for you and your business.

1. Productivity

This is often an area of concern both for employer and employee – the employer is concerned that there will be a dip in productivity and the employee is concerned that they will be viewed as being less productive or committed. 

However, many studies show that there is often better productivity from home workers so to ensure that this is the case in your business take the following simple steps;

  • Ensure that your home workers have set working hours.

They can set them or you can set them.  These hours should then be strictly adhered to and you should support your team to do this.

  • Ask them to set a routine for their day

Routine is really important for productivity and for our sense of well-being.  Give your team some sample routines to get them started

  • Agree deadlines for work product

Some people are more disciplined that others so agreeing deadlines will keep a sense of focus

  • Encourage them to take breaks and to switch off

Regular, planned breaks will actually improve focus and productivity

  • Ensure they have the support and training to operate in a digital world

Ensure your team can operate the tools you’re using and give them some tips to enhance their experience such as blurring their backgrounds or standing up when speaking to an important client so that their posture appears more professional

  • Trust your team to do the right thing

This too will pass and most people are trying to do their best at this time

  • Lead by example

Set your own routine and stick to it.  Take breaks and let your team know when you’re unavailable.

2. Communication

Staying connected with your team and as teams is really important to future proofing your business supporting the individuals on the team.  How and what you communicate now is more important than ever. 

The top tips for communication are;

  • Keep communication regular but relevant to your team culture – don’t have a daily video meeting if you wouldn’t normally speak to everyone every day – instead have a virtual coffee break
  • Keep up the usual meetings such as monthly team or weekly 121 – routine is important
  • Use more visuals in your communication – don’t make it all text
  • Make yourself available
  • Don’t be tempted to rely solely on email and video messaging – make phone calls too
  • When doing video calls consider your background and background noise – consider downloading a background noise muting app such as Krisp.ai to mute background noises
  • Ensure that data protection is a consideration for all of your colleagues and that they know what extra steps they may need to take

3. Mental Health

Working from home productively is not easy for everyone as it requires a lot of self-discipline and this is made more difficult by the fact that some people are currently forced to try to work from home when it doesn’t suit their way of working.

To ease this for your colleagues;

  • Agree ways of working with each person and set and agree clear expectations.
  • Keep a daily focus on the social aspect of work such as a daily digital coffee break or a daily quiz
  • Encourage your team to use phone calls and not just email when communicating with each other or customers etc.
  • Bring your workplace wellbeing initiatives into the digital world
  • Remind your team of any EAP you may have and how they can access it
  • Consider your own management style and how you can flex it to suit this new way of working
  • Consider any of your employee who may be returning from leave into this new world of work and set up a process to support them in their return

Why not try the stress management competency indicator tool which you can find here. This tool assesses how good you are at preventing and reducing your teams stress. It is also a helpful way to reflect on changes you could make to develop your style.

The future of work

The fact is, when we come through this, a lot of our employees will want to continue to work remotely – maybe not every day but you can expect the level of requests to work 1 or 2 days per week from home to rise dramatically so you should prepare for that now.  In doing so, it is important to consider the below

  • Consider which positions could be eligible to work remotely
  • Ensure that you can provide the equipment and tools for your team to work remotely
  • Prepare a remote working policy and procedure document for your business using the learnings from the current situation.
  • Consider the members of your team  and who remote working is suitable for – does it fit with their preferred way of working and do they have an appropriate space at home.
  • Consider whether you will pay for broadband for your team and how the BIK might affect them.
  • What about those with company cars – how will the lesser mileage and therefore increased BIK affect them
  • Ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in all home offices
  • Review your communication policy and methods to ensure that home workers are covered
  • Consider data protection and how you will handle this.
  • Don’t forget to manage annual leave and breaks

Tracy is Managing Director of The People Password, a business dedicated to unlocking the potential in people through Training, Coaching, Mentoring, Mediation, Business Strategy and positive HR Solutions. Her training programmes have been shortlisted for awards by the IITD and The Education Awards.

A qualified Psychologist she is a former HR Director with a corporate entity.

Tracy is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is an active member of the Mediation Institute of Ireland, the Institute of Directors and the European Association of Work & Organisation Psychology. Tracy is also a member of the judging panel for the European Business Awards and is a Non-Executive Director for a number of Organisations.

Digital Business Ireland calls for the appointment of a Digital Affairs Minister in the next Government

Ireland needs to be equipped to embrace a new digital culture

Digital Business Ireland, the representative body for online businesses has today called for the party leaders of the next government to prioritise the provision of a senior cabinet post for digital affairs. Digital Business Ireland contends that Ireland needs to be fully equipped to embrace a new digital culture in order to position itself in a new world order.

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector. Set up in 2019, DBI continues to grow its membership footprint across a wide range of digital businesses to include retail, hospitality, technology, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property.

Chief Executive of DBI, Lorraine Higgins today saidLike most countries, Ireland has embraced digital in order to keep functioning during the shutdown brought about by the Coronavirus. The pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated Ireland’s digital development and we must be ready, as a country, to embrace the possibilities it now presents”.

“There is important work to be done to bridge the digital divide in communities and drive the digital literacy agenda because the future of business, education, health, human resources and education will depend on a strategy that will ultimately deliver meaningful results for our country.

“Given the increased dependency on technology and online it is clear that we desperately need a department to house all matters relating to it so there is a streamlined approach and that the burden isn’t spread across a range of departments. Ireland can no longer afford to have a piecemeal approach to issues affecting the digital world as this will have long standing ramifications for the future of this country and our ability to attract investment”.

Digital Business Ireland & Hikari launch an online Covid-19 dashboard to gauge pandemic’s impact on business

Digital Business Ireland (DBI), the representative body for online businesses, and Hikari, a data solutions and business insights company, have partnered to launch an online Digital Data Hub which provides information to businesses to help them make informed decisions in a changing commercial environment.

The Digital Data Hub is designed for CEOs and business development strategists who have access to important business insights, ranging from the number of new websites registered, to the increase in traffic across social media sites, details on digital tv viewership and the most popular items being searched for by consumers online. This data allows businesses map the important changes the virus is effecting on their operations while providing strategic insights with regard to where their customer base is. The data results are refreshed and updated on a regular basis.

DBI and Hikari have collated information from a range of sources to include the CSO, Gov.ie, Sky Media, IEDR, Core Optimisation, KBC Bank Ireland and Wolfgang Digital.

Chief Executive of Digital Business Ireland, Lorraine Higgins said “Covid-19 has acted as a catalyst for Irish businesses in their move to online as many try to limit the disruption caused to their operations. This sea-change brought with it a lack of centralised cyber-insights pertaining to consumer behaviour, business operations and national insights. Aware that a number of our partners, such as Sky Media and IE Domain Registry, were already providing valuable information to their customer base, we decided to reach out to them and others for the purposes of providing a single online data point. Our overall aim is to offer an extensive overview of the statistics and changes in broad market segmentation”.

“Given how fast things are changing, the numbers provided by the Digital Data Hub will help business owners, analysists and strategists make informed decisions and help them pivot their company to where their market is. Of course this could only be made possible with a progressive partnership with Hikari who is bringing functionality to this idea and indeed the companies who have agreed to share their data with us”.

Commenting on the launch of the Digital Business Ireland Digital Data Hub, Eamon Moore, CEO of Hikari said “We are delighted to work with Digital Business Ireland on this initiative to bring the power of Business Intelligence to the wider business community. Today’s organisations are using Business Intelligence solutions to provide their key data in one central location in order to make informed business decisions and to drive overall performance. After discussing this concept with Digital Business Ireland, it became very apparent that now more than ever Irish businesses need access to key economic and industry data. With so much data to consume across multiple sources we are very pleased to present a range of business insights in one location with the help of many of Digital Business Ireland’s partners”.

The Digital Data Hub can be accessed by clicking on www.digitalbusinessireland.ie/digital-data-hub

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Dashboard Insights include:

InsightsProvided by
Social Media ActivityCore Optimisation
Popular Online SearchesCore Optimisation
Who is Watching TVSky Media
When we are Watching TVSky Media
What we are WatchingSky Media
Domain RegistryIE Domain Registry
Online PresenceIE Domain Registry
Online ActivityWolfgang Digital
National StatisticsCSO
Live RegisterGov.ie
Consumer SentimentKBC Bank Ireland

About DBI

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) is the voice of the Irish digital commerce sector. Set up in 2019, DBI has access to over 2,200 businesses and counts Health Stores Ireland, the Association of Fine Jewellers, County Kildare Chamber of Commerce and IPAV among its membership. It continues to grow its membership footprint across a wide range of online and digital businesses to include technology, retail, hospitality, professional services, travel, transport, education, leisure, agri-business and property.

DBI provides a range of services to its membership to include training and events, networking opportunities, general advisory, insights, advocacy and public policy influence all which facilitates digital businesses grow, thrive and achieve their ambitions.

About Hikari

Hikari is a group of dedicated business and technology professionals who provide solutions that allow organisations to analyse business data – providing actionable insights, adding value, and empowering companies to make better business decisions.

Hikari offers Business Intelligence, Data Analytics & Productivity Solutions powered by industry leaders such as Microsoft to customers across Ireland and the United States.

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Visit the Digital Data Hub here

OPINION: Defeating the Pandemic and Securing Cyberspace: Two Battles We Cannot Afford to Lose

By Dinos Kerigan-Kyrou

Cyber security, online fraud, and the protection of our critical infrastructure: not issues which appear particularly relevant at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted in serious illness and loss of life across Ireland and the rest of the world.

But far from being irrelevant, these matters are crucial if we are to minimise economic harm, sustain a recovery, and establish safe and effective medical infrastructure for the long-term. Sadly, the time of such a pandemic is a period when those who want to cause harm online – and there are many of them – can take advantage and are at their most prolific. 

Cybersecurity is the security of cyberspace – the online environment in which everyone now lives and works. Cybersecurity includes the protection of our personal and business information, protecting against unauthorised access to our microphones, cameras, images, our Research and Development, and our Intellectual Property.

Unfortunately this IP, according to the UK National Cyber Security Centre, is being stolen “on an industrial scale.”

Cybersecurity includes protecting against online fraud – for example, false invoices or criminals impersonating the emails, messages and phone calls of company directors, or impersonating banks requesting fund transfers. The results of this fraud are catastrophic for large, medium and small businesses, as well as individuals, across the State.

“This security of cyberspace directly affects the economic, and physical health and well-being of every single person in Ireland.

And now at the time of this dreadful crisis, cybersecurity very much includes the security of medical information including patient records and the security of nearly every type of medical device which is increasingly connected online. The ‘Internet of Things’ will be one of the biggest developments in Ireland in everything we use including our home appliances, cars, offices, and our vital critical infrastructure including our factories, transport, finance, energy and especially in medical care. Our medical infrastructure and medical devices within our GP surgeries, emergency medical services, and our hospitals across the State will all be increasingly interconnected.

This security of cyberspace directly affects the economic, and physical health and well-being of every single person in Ireland. But when our guard is down, and we are understandably focusing on other hugely important concerns, is when those that wish to cause harm have an unprecedented opportunity to do so.

Our cybersecurity can only be protected by every single person within our companies and organisations being empowered to identify security challenges. It’s only by working together across departments, outside our normal structures and hierarchies, that we can secure cyberspace during – and in the years that follow – the tragedy of COVID-19.

Dinos Kerigan-Kyrou is an instructor on the NATO DEEP (Defence Education Enhancement Programme), based at the NATO military education facility the Partnership for Peace Consortium, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He is responsible for cyber security training and coordination on the Defence Forces Joint Command & Staff Course. Dinos is a voluntary Advisory Board Member of CSARN UK / Australia, the not-for-profit organisation that brings together police, government, public sector, and business to address security challenges.

Digital Business Ireland welcomes Government’s move to support online trading

DBI called for online supports in a submission last week

Digital Business Ireland (DBI), today welcomed the announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys that she will expand the Digital Trading Online Voucher scheme and offer free online training to businesses through the Local Enterprise Office network.

Minister Humphreys has announced that the online initiative is an expansion of the €2,500 Trading Online Voucher Scheme for microenterprises, in agreement with Minister Bruton. An additional €3.3m is being provided to the scheme bringing the total available to €5.6m. The Ministers also announced new flexibilities with the €2,500 Trading Online Vouchers, allowing businesses to apply for a second voucher of up to €2,500 where they have successfully utilised their first one; and allowing subscriptions to low-cost online retailing platform solutions to quickly establish a retailing presence online. Free mentoring, free online training is also now available through the LEO network for all businesses.

Founder of DBI, Lorraine Higgins said “Last week Digital Business Ireland (DBI) submitted a number of recommendations to the Minister for Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment, Richard Bruton TD to aid businesses operate online during the COVID-19 pandemic which included the need to increase funding for the Digital Trading Online Voucher to empower and enable micro and small businesses to get online and trade through the current difficulties while their shop-door is closed. We also proposed that e-learning measures should be rolled out across the Local Enterprise network which is part of a package of measures announced by Minister Humphreys today”.

“Never before has the need for digital business been more acute. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is engulfing our world, has brought to the fore the pressing need for an omnichannel, bricks and clicks approach to business. Consequently, it is only right that supports for this integrated business model is an elevated priority in policy-makers minds in order to offset the worst excesses of business disruption that we have seen in recent weeks”.

“DBI’s objective at this time is to formulate proposals to keep businesses open, maintain cashflow, sales and jobs. Therefore, we welcome the supports announced by the Minister today which will assist businesses without full online capacity to rebuild, plan and sustain their business offering” Lorraine Higgins concluded.

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DBI brings COVID-19 Recommendations to Government

DBI’s Government recommendations aim to help businesses retain as many employees as possible and to secure cashflow and sales at this uncertain time.

Digital Business Ireland (DBI) has today, submitted a number of recommendations to the Minister for Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment, Richard Bruton TD to aid businesses operate online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DBI Chief Executive, Lorraine Higgins, said “Never before has the need for digital business been more acute. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is engulfing our world, has brought to the fore the pressing need for an omnichannel, bricks and clicks approach to business. Consequently, supports for this integrated business model must become an elevated priority in policy-makers minds in order to offset the worst excesses of business disruption that we have seen in recent weeks”.

“DBI’s objective at this time is to formulate proposals to keep businesses open, maintain cashflow, sales and jobs. Therefore, the measures put forward should be carefully considered to assist businesses without full online capacity to rebuild, plan and sustain their business offering”.

“The measures we are asking government to introduce range from grant funding to ensure click-and-collect capability, the development of Digital Clusters through the Local Enterprise Office network to 100% funding for businesses looking to avail of the Digital trading Online Voucher.  DBI stands ready to help its members offset the worst impacts of the coronavirus and will continue to act constructively and develop further proposals for the betterment of our economy and people in the challenging months ahead”.

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