Local Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Deputy Robert Troy, recently launched the first of a series of Grow Digital workshops for Midlands businesses in the Technical University of the Shannon, Athlone, in conjunction with Advanced Technologies in Manufacturing (ATIM ) cluster.
The Grow Digital workshop series will be rolled out across the regions over July and into the autumn, and will feature Digital Transition Clinics to assist businesses as they navigate the process of digitalisation.
“The goal of Grow Digital is to help drive a step-change in the level of digital uptake by enterprises right across the country. Growing our businesses’ use of digital technologies will help us to build the resilience of our enterprise base and as we work to future-proof our economy in the years ahead. We are at a point now where every business should be looking at how they could benefit from the implementation of digital technologies.
“These workshops will give enterprises across the regions an important opportunity to hear from other regional businesses that have already progressed their own digitalisation and how it has benefitted them. It is my hope that this will help to drive home the message of the potential offered by these technologies. We’ve launched these workshops alongside the new Digital Transition Fund, which is in place to help businesses at all stages of their digital journey. I strongly encourage all businesses whether they have yet to embrace digitalisation or are further along their digital journey to find out more of the supports available to them and avail of the financial and advisory supports if applicable,” Deputy Troy asserted.
A key focus for the workshop is to support businesses in identifying the next steps which they can take as they look towards adopting new digital technologies. These clinics will be run by representatives from the network of Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. The workshops include case studies from regional businesses that have advanced their own digital transition and discussion of the funding available under the new Digital Transition Fund. The Digital Transition Fund is now in place to help companies use digital technologies like AI, cloud computing and big data to improve their products, processes, supply chains and services.
The Grow Digital series of workshops will give practical advice to companies at every stage of the digital journey.
“Our experience over the Covid-19 pandemic clearly demonstrated the value of digitalisation in terms of optimising business processes, maintaining client relationships and establishing new sales opportunities by delivering services online. It is important that this momentum behind digital adoption is maintained and built upon.
“Enterprise Ireland, on behalf of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, is administering the new Digital Transition Fund. Under the Fund a range of grants to assist with planning and implementing a digital transition are available to eligible companies. I would encourage every company to examine the options that are available to them under the fund and to attend the series of ‘Grow Digital’ workshops,” Ruairí Ó hAilín, Manager Operational Excellence and Digital with Enterprise Ireland, said.
Padraic McElwee, Chair of the network of Local Enterprise Offices, noted the need for local businesses to enhance digital capabilities.
“As the Local Enterprise Offices are the first stop shop for start-ups and small businesses in Ireland, these workshops provide an excellent opportunity for micro-enterprises to further enhance their digital capabilities. The pace of change in digital adoption is accelerating and the Local Enterprise Office will continue to ensure that small businesses have access to vital supports to help them adapt and embrace the benefits that digital transformation offers,” Mr McElwee concluded.