Local companies invited to apply for online OPTIMISE e-commerce fund

**** NO REPRODUCTION FEE **** DUBLIN : 27/03/2013 : WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION Calling on SMEs to apply for one of 20 places on IEDRs 2013 OPTIMISE e-commerce Website Development Fund were IEDR Chief Executive, David Curtin with the help of mini builders , Adam Dunne, Lauren Heary and Isaac Gunnip. For details and application forms see www.why.ie/optimise. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.Media contact: Karen Jones, Gibney Communications mobile 086 866 4501 email kjones@gibneycomm.ie
The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced that its 2013 OPTIMISE e-commerce Website Development Fund is open for entries and is encouraging Co Leitrim based companies to apply.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced that its 2013 OPTIMISE e-commerce Website Development Fund is open for entries and is encouraging Co Leitrim based companies to apply.

IEDR is calling on SME and micro-business owners in Leitrim and nationwide to apply for one of 20 places on this year’s OPTIMISE Fund. The OPTIMISE Fund provides €150,000 worth of professional consultation, training and development support services to small business owners looking to improve and develop their existing online presence in terms of 
e-commerce capability and functionality.

IEDR has doubled the number of winners of the Fund to 20 since it was first established in 2011.

Applications are open to all Irish organisations classified as an SME or micro-enterprise with a .ie website that is hosted online and currently accessible to the public. Further details about the Fund and the online application form are available at www.why.ie/optimise. The closing date for receipt of entries is 25 April 2013.

Discussing this year’s OPTIMISE Fund, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry, said: “IEDR’s OPTIMISE Fund is about helping companies make the transition to e-commerce enabled websites in a very practical way.

“Our experience shows that with the right training, tools and technologies, such as real-time payments and booking facilities, it is possible for small companies to access new customers and markets at home and abroad and to grow their business using the online marketplace. Unfortunately, Irish companies remain slow to do this and without e-commerce enabled websites, they are continuing to lose out online. I would therefore encourage any small business owner with a .ie website looking to take the next step to apply online today at www.why.ie/optimise.”