Eircom invests €100k to digitally boost 10 businesses

25 Aug 2015

Pictured: Conor and Viki Mulhall from the Little Milk Company with Eircom’s Gary Disley and Teresa Phelan, the Little Milk Company

Ten businesses across Ireland have been given a total of €101,535 in funding in the second and final round of Eircom Business Solutions’ Digital Boost Initiative.

The purpose of the initiative is to digitally enable businesses around Ireland.

The latest tranche brings the total awarded under Eircom Business Solutions’ 2015 Digital Boost seed fund to €250,160.

In total, 27 companies secured funding under the initiative.

The companies include: Cork’s Breakthrough Cancer Research; Wicklow’s Heyday; Dublin’s House of Ireland; Wicklow’s O’Reilly Training; PhysioCare; Smoothie Bikes; Promo World in Dublin, the Little Milk Company in Waterford and Cork’s TravelBuddy and Unforgettable Flowers.

The value of digital


The aim of the funding is to boost business mobility, digital training, sales and marketing and business productivity.

For example, the Little Milk Company, a Waterford-based organic dairy co-op, has more than €10,600 in digital solutions, including tablets with 4G access for all staff, a Google Export Markets workshop and mobile app development and support.

“Over the course of Digital Boost 2015, we’ve seen some really exciting and successful Irish businesses that are focused on adapting their business models, marketing approach or how they engage with their customer in order to grow their businesses,” said Gary Disley, small business director at Eircom Business Solutions.

“What is even more encouraging to see is that SMEs do understand the value of digital, and the opportunities it can bring to their business.

“This fund is a key pillar of our overall strategy to support the growth of Irish SMEs, and to help build digital expertise within those organisations. The Little Milk Company has built a digital-based business from the outset and I really admire that Peter and his team have sought external expertise to add to the existing skillset that they have to move the business forward,” Disley said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years