We love Sligo and we love Digital so the news that Sligo town is embracing it’s digital capabilities is great news
The Digital Town initiative seeks to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits of the internet to towns across the country, and to ensure SMEs and local economies are realising the full potential of digital technology, particularly e- commerce.
Over the next two months, IE Domain Registry—working with Sligo County Council, Sligo Local Enterprise Office (LEO), Sligo Business Improvement District (BID), Sligo IT and tech co-working space The Building Block—will plan and oversee a number of initiatives aimed at showcasing Sligo and developing additional digital skills and know- how for the people and organisations of the town.
This work will culminate in the official celebration of Ireland’s Digital Town 2019 in Sligo town centre on 14 October.
Sligo has been chosen for its achievements in cultivating a truly digital environment in the town, and for its ongoing success in fully embracing digital for its residents and local businesses.
In 2018, there were approximately 254,929 SMEs and micro-businesses in Ireland, accounting for 99.8% of total enterprises.2 IE Domain Registry research shows that each of these businesses stand to lose up to €25,761 a year on average if they do not have a website.
Digital technology can bring benefits to all sections of a town: businesses, community groups, and citizens. It can transform the delivery of public services, making it possible to do more with the same available resources, and enhance workplace productivity, allowing employees to work remotely from anywhere.
From a social perspective, connecting people through digital technology fosters a sense of community and positivity. Research shows that 78% feel more connected and 80% feel happier when using digital technology.