1 Year of ireland Together: 80% of SMEs Feel They Did Not Have The Right Support Network

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Ireland Together just recently celebrated its first year anniversary!
We’ve completed 12 months supporting the Irish business community working with over 1,400 businesses around the country!

Ireland Together reached a huge milestone, completing its first year in the Irish business community. After a 12-month analysis, a sentiment survey conducted within the community revealed that 8 in 10 SME owners feel they did not have a network prepared for COVID-19

With over 1,400 members and a further 1,300 businesses listed in our public directory of Irish businesses and retailers, we continues to provide free support and guidance to a variety of Irish professionals throughout the pandemic. 

Despite the challenges facing Irish businesses over the past 12 months, our members remain confident in their skills and expertise.  Members have supported each other through rapid technology adoption, the revision of business models, and are navigating the changing business landscape together.  There is great value in the breadth and depth of the expertise we have as a collective body.  Together, there is really nothing we can’t achieve!”  ~ Joanne Griffin, COO and Cofounder of Ireland Together

Since our launch, Ireland Together has hosted over 600 free events to over 5,000 participants and runs a 24/7 community chat forum with over 36 channels covering every area of business. Above all, it shows that a strong community such as Ireland Together was born out of the necessity to build a sense of togetherness in the business community and to help people rethink and innovate during challenging times.   

Ireland Together’s events and chat forums are aimed at supporting members with their evolving business challenges as well as addressing challenges with physical and mental health. The events cover a wide range of topics from sales and marketing, to wellness, finance, ecommerce and technology, to meet the diverse needs of business leaders in the community.

Other findings from the sentiment survey found:

  • 85% of business leaders are worried about the impact of COVID-19 on their business and 9 out of 10 members are worried about the impact of COVID-19 on them personally
  • Almost 80% of members say that it is difficult for them to work effectively since the pandemic triggered the first lockdown in March 2020. 
  • Additional strain in this area after the announcement of the Level 5 restrictions being extended,the closure of schools, and the realities of BREXIT in January 2021.
  • Many of our SME leaders are still struggling with social isolation and welcome the sense of community and the support provided by Ireland Together

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