Businesses Invited to Embrace E-Commerce

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Wexford Chamber in association with AIB, NetPay and the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO) will host a free Banking Technology Seminar on Wednesday 2nd April in the Wexford Golf Club, Mulgannon, Wexford at 8am – 9.30am.  Chamber Members and Non-Members are welcome.

This event is intended to explain e-commerce transactions, demonstrate why they are becoming increasingly necessary and equip attendees with the tools they need to make the transition to online trading.

Andrew Briggs, Assistant Manager SME Automation Specialist at AIB Bank will speak about innovation and technology from a Banks point of view, and will discuss customer service, technology and security from a customers perspective.  Attendees will hear why all banks have changed and embraced technology and most importantly, learn what the benefits are to the customer.

Russell Burke, Senior Advisor, National Payments Plan at Central Bank of Ireland and Head of Strategic Development at IPSO will give an overview of Irish Payment Schemes, The National Payments Plan and discuss what’s in the pipeline.  IPSO is the payments industry voice on a wide range of topics and issues including the National Payments Implementation Programme, SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area), payment cards, card fraud, chip and PIN, cheques, electronic payments and cash.

Carl Churchill, Managing Director of NetPay will speak about how intelligent card processing and merchant services can be used to run your business more efficiently, provide more accessible payment options to your customers and grow your business. NetPay is a provider of online and offline credit and debit card processing solutions as well as acquisition/merchant facilities.

Irish consumers’ online spend is expected to grow by 16% per year between now and 2016, but action is needed if Irish businesses are to benefit, according to Wexford Chamber. 

Madeleine Quirke, Wexford Chamber’s Chief Executive said, “New media, digital developments and the Internet provides significant opportunities for Irish companies to get ahead of their competitors so it is important to provide businesses with the support and expertise they need to engage in online trading.”

Irish consumers currently spend about €3.7 billion per year online and it is expected to grow to €5.7 billion by 2016. However, only a quarter of current online sales goes to Irish businesses, and only 23% of Irish SMEs are trading online.  International research shows that SMEs who adopt online trading grow twice as fast and export twice as much as their offline competitors.

Light refreshments will be served on arrival.  Sufficient time will be allocated for questions and answers. 

If you would like to attend this free seminar, kindly phone Wexford Chamber on 053 91 22226 or email