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News : Irish Last Updated: Nov 11, 2011 - 5:44 AM

Getting Irish Business Online launches new e-commerce tool
By Finfacts Team
Nov 11, 2011 - 1:41 AM

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Getting Irish Business Online (www.gettingbusinessonline.ie) has launched a new e-commerce tool to help Irish businesses increase revenues and profits through online sales.  The free tool will allow businesses become e-commerce enabled in time for the lucrative Christmas market.

“Millions of people in Ireland shop online  presenting a significant marketplace for Irish SMEs to exploit. At the moment a large part of that spend is going overseas and we need to accelerate the number of Irish businesses with e-commerce capability.  With this free e-commerce tool every sole trader, micro enterprise and SME who set up their website through  www.gettingbusinessonline.ie will be able to move from a static web presence to actually selling online,” said Ronan Harris, Google's director of Sales, North and Central Europe said on Thursday.

www.gettingbusinessonline.ie supports businesses and sole traders to build a free website  in under 30 minutes which is the first step to building an online business. The new e-commerce tool allows business owners to present a small product catalogue within their website.  If they have an existing Paypal merchant account, they will also be able to add specific ‘buy now’ or ‘cart add’ buttons on their websites.

Businesses without a Paypal merchant account will be able to list other payment methods that they will accept over the phone.  There is also a postal calculator from An Post in the e-commerce section. This helps sellers display pricing for a range of delivery services and destinations, giving the customer control over the cost of their purchase and speed of delivery.

Getting Irish Business Online (www.gettingbusinessonline.ie) is a partnership between Google, Blacknight Internet Solutions, An Post and the County & City Enterprise Boards and is targeting the 40% of Irish SMEs including sole traders that do not have a website or an online presence. Blacknight Solutions provides participants with a free website, and hosting with a .eu, .com .biz or ie domain name  which is free for one year from the set-up of their website.

Google also provides a trial of online advertising with a coupon worth €100.  Throughout the year the County and City Enterprise Boards will be holding training seminars for business owners to guide them through the process of setting up a website through www.gettingbusinessonline.ie.

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