The Initiative

Getting Irish Business Online is a major new launch-pad initiative to encourage new and developing Irish small and medium enterprises to maximize their use of locally sourced Internet, ICT and Cloud-based technologies in order to drive growth and reduce costs.

The Ethos

The fundamental GIBO concept is of established Irish Companies helping new or developing Irish Businesses prosper & grow online. All campaign sponsors are companies or organizations based in Ireland or Northern Ireland and they will provide free-of-charge or heavily subsidized services and expertise to other start-ups for one year.

The Need

The most recent figures available suggest that only two thirds of Irish enterprises with more than 10 employees have a publicly accessible website, and less than a quarter sell online. Although detailed figures for micro enterprises are not available, it is well known that penetration of internet and cloud technologies is substantially less again in that sector.

In today’s cash-strapped times, new businesses need to account for every penny. The GIBO initiative allows emerging Irish small businesses to benefit from a flexible set of location independent online and cloud based technologies, enabling them to cheaply and efficiently communicate with, and market to, their customers and suppliers online.

The Benefits

Businesses signing up with GIBO can benefit from any or all of the following:

  • A free Domain name of their choice (.com/.eu/
  • Free Web Hosting & DIY Website builder
  • Free Cloud-based email accounts
  • Free and subsidized Telecommunications Services
  • Introduction to local Business Support Services including local Enterprise Boards
  • Networking opportunities and regional events
  • Free expert advice on email & direct mail marketing
  • Free expert advice on web design, SEO and online promotion.