Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today announced that 445 jobs will be created in 24 new high potential start-up companies which have been supported by government through Enterprise Ireland in the second quarter of 2011.
#SMEcommunity is a group set up on Twitter by SMEs for SMEs, the aim is to support, encourage, help and advise each other through Social Media. It started with a simple tweet on 16th June between Debbie Harper of Tus Nua Designs and Kehlan Kirwin from FocuSMEIreland. Very quickly other Irish business people joined in and by the end of the evening #SMEcommunity was trending in Ireland.
The Getting Irish Business Online website (www.gibo.ie) launched on Friday 6th May 2011. The first initiative of its kind in Ireland, it is backed by leading Irish online companies including Irish Domains and Blueface. The initiative will offer small businesses a chance to get an internet domain, email, web presence and VOIP phone line with local geographic number free for a year. According to the CSO nearly one third of businesses do not have a website, and only about a fifth have e-commerce capability.
Google, Blacknight, An Post and the National Network of County and City Enterprise Boards have joined forces to create Getting Irish Business Online. With the mission to help Irish businesses benefit from the opportunities of the Internet, they are dedicated to helping businesses succeed online. Targeting the 40% of Irish SMEs including sole traders that do not have a website or an online presence the campaign is calling on all businesses that do not have a website to log on to www.gettingbusinessonline.ie where they can create their business website for free.
Bill Cullen is looking for his next Apprentice. The winner of the Apprentice 2011 will receive a package worth €200,000 including a €100,000 cash prize in order to start up or develop their own business. Bill is looking for enthusiastic, passionate individuals that will have the business acumen and skill to make their business a success be it a catering company, a marketing company or a digital online firm.