Don’t be left behind…

Minister Naughten brings first online trading workshop for businesses to Roscommon
Industry giants Facebook, Google and SAP to offer expert advice

On Monday, 10th of October, Minister Denis Naughten along with officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in partnership with Local Enterprise Office, Roscommon, will host a workshop for local businesses at the Abbey Hotel. This is a free half-day event starting at 10 am and running until 2.30 pm, which is open to businesses who want to learn more about trading online. 

  “Irish people spend more than €14,000 every minute online, that’s €850,000 every hour, 24 hours a day but less than 1 in 3 small businesses in Ireland are selling online,” stated Minister Naughten. “Many smaller businesses, which are the backbone of every town and village, are not engaged in online activity and this is bad for business.

  “Businesses that are not trading online are at risk of being left behind.  With up to 70% of Ireland’s annual spend currently going overseas, there is a massive opportunity for Irish business to grow by targeting online shoppers,” stated Minister Naughten. 

  “The Roscommon workshop is open to any business in Roscommon or the surrounding counties and is an opportunity to be grabbed. The workshop will provide local businesses with practical advice and help on how they can begin to trade online. They will learn from business owners who have made the switch as well as from industry experts from Facebook, Google and one of Europe’s biggest software makers SAP who will all be there,” stated Minister Naughten.

  The workshop will also provide details to small business owners on how to apply for a trading online voucher. Minister Naughten and his Department officials in association with Local Enterprise Offices are spearheading the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. It provides a matched-funding opportunity of up to €2,500 for small businesses to help them to develop their trading online capability. 

  The workshop will be opened by Minister Denis Naughten and facilitated by Noel Davidson from The Entrepreneurs Academy. To register, complete the booking form at or contact your local enterprise office.

  Further information on the Trading Online Voucher Scheme is available on the website of the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment