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E-Business funding call to benefit businesses in south and east Cork

E-Business funding call to benefit businesses in south and east Cork

SECAD ANNOUNCES CALL TO FUND E-COMMERCE WEBSITES

Ryan Howard of SECADCork, 2 April 2012:  Businesses in South and East Cork can now apply for funding to support the development of an eCommerce website, following a call for proposals by South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD).

The eCommerce grant will apply to local businesses operating in the food, craft and tourism sectors, as well as co-operative projects, which have the potential to generate economic activity and employment with South and East Cork.  Up to 50% funding for the transactional websites may be provided by SECAD, following a review of applications and approval by SECAD’s Board.

SECAD works with small businesses in South and East Cork, and our aim is to provide funding to enable these businesses to attract new customers and generate online revenues through these eCommerce website grants.  This is a great opportunity for start-up companies, or established businesses in the area, to secure financial support to grow their business online,” explained Ryan Howard, CEO, SECAD.

As with all funding opportunities, there are a number of criteria which businesses need to fulfill in order to obtain the funding.  The promoters must be able to highlight the viability of developing an eCommerce website through which they intend to generate and conduct a significant volume of sales. General information or brochure type websites are not eligible. This funding is specific to eCommerce websites only, that are operating in the South and East Cork area.  The deadline for applications to SECAD is Friday, 4 May 2012.

This type of funding is ideal for companies involved in tourism and local attractions to enable web reservations, or possibly to develop new online marketplaces for Irish arts and crafts, or even food.  Greater interaction with the customer, such as selling, is a key criteria of this funding call, and we will always look at new and innovative business models which add value to local produce in the South and East Cork area,” Howard added.

This funding has been made available through the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.  Interested parties will need to complete an RDP Application Form, and to submit other required documentation, including a business plan and quotations, to SECAD in advance of 4 May 2012.   For further information and an RDP Application pack, please contact SECAD at 021-4613432 or info@secad.ie

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