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

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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