Posted: Thu 21st Apr 2022
Enterprise Nation’s Go and Grow Online is coming to Carlow for the first of the digital training programme’s in-person sessions.
The drop-in session on 28 April 2022 will be hosted by digital trainers including sessions on SEO, selling online and platform optimisation. It also offers the chance for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs to network and share their experiences.
Go and Grow Online Ireland aims to support over 20,000 small businesses through virtual training and supports to accelerate digital, sales, CRM and financial skills.
Supported by Vodafone, Microsoft, and Klarna, businesses who take part in Go and Grow Online will have access to the Enterprise Nation platform and the supports provided including workshops, eLearning, and access to digital advisers.
This event will take place in in Feedalpha, O’Brien Road, Carlow.
“The world has changed unimaginably in the last two years and more and more businesses are moving online,” says Nicola Woods, programme manager for Go and Grow Online. “We’ve also seen a big jump in the number of people starting a business. These are the entrepreneurs Go and Grow Online is here to support.”
“We know that access to digital training is essential, but there are times when meeting in person and having that human connection is vital.”
Meeting the needs of small businesses
The programme was created to meet the needs of small business owners – many of whom founded their companies in response to the pandemic. Stats show a 42% increase in new company registrations in the first half of 2021 alone.
“We’re delighted to work with Carlow’s SME community to explore and discuss ways in which small businesses can continue to improve their digital journey,” said Lisa Corcoran, Vodafone Ireland Head of SMB about how Vodafone hope to support participants with this partnership.
Peter Lougheed, SME Lead, Microsoft Ireland echoed Lisa’s sentiment saying, “the programme reflects Microsoft Ireland’s commitment to supporting the digital and online ambitions of SMEs to create efficiencies, grow and expand and remain competitive.”
Also speaking about the drop-in session Colin Creagh, Head of Business Development at Klarna Ireland, said Klarna was ‘excited’ to bring the initiative to Carlow and the goal was ‘to help unlock the potential of small businesses across Ireland who want to thrive in the online space’.
Enterprise Nation is working with Microsoft, Klarna and Vodafone to support 20,000 small businesses across Ireland to improve their digital skills.