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  • WBG to benefit from digital prize package worth €10,000 including a free business app

  • WBG’s main focus is helping the city out of the current economic crisis, protecting the 1,500 city centre jobs and also creating opportunities for growth and development.

eircom Business announced Waterford Business Group (WBG) as the third winner of Digital Boost for 2013/2014. eircom’s Digital Boost initiative enables organisations  to ‘boost’ their digital presence with a package worth €10,000 which includes a free business app, a free unlimited eMobile plan for 18 months, a Sony tablet and smartphone as well as mobile marketing and mobile strategy consultations with the Digital Boost expert panel.

WBG was founded in March 2013 and was originally named Waterford City Centre Business Group. However, over the last 11 months the group has grown and expanded into Waterford Business Group (WBG) and is fast becoming an extremely strong voice for Waterford businesses right across the city and county. WBG’s main focus is helping the city and county out of the current economic crisis, protecting the 1,500 city centre jobs and also creating opportunities for growth and development across Waterford. 

Commenting on WBG’s win, Gary Disley, Marketing Director, eircom Business, said: “The real aim behind Digital Boost is to help companies, big and small, to take advantage of the opportunities created by advances in technology and we are delighted to name Waterford Business Group as the third winner of Digital Boost. The group has been doing tremendous work in supporting SMEs in boosting local trade with some great initiatives. We are looking forward to helping WBG build on this good work and providing a real benefit to local businesses We’re thrilled to be helping local Waterford businesses create additional revenue streams with the ability to promote their products and services through this designated app.”

Founder and Secretary of Waterford Business Group, Glenn Sheridan, said, “We currently represent almost 150 Waterford city centre businesses, working to bring positivity back to the oldest city in Ireland as we strive to make it the shopping, tourist, business and recreational destination of the South East, whilst at the same time sustaining the current 1,500 jobs. Our group is made up of business owners, retailers and employees and we meet weekly to discuss our overall plan and how we can ensure that we make Waterford city and county a vibrant, positive and pleasant experience for locals and visitors alike. We’re delighted that eircom has chosen our group and we can’t wait to get started. “

Jim Gordon, owner of Revolution Gastro Bar in Waterford city centre entered the Digital Boost on behalf of the WBG. Commenting on the win he said, “We’ve been working really hard on promoting Waterford online over the past year. We started with Facebook to promote all the city centre business and it absolutely ran away with itself. The popularity of the page was overwhelming. We set up our website which has grown from strength to strength. We planned to go mobile as soon as we raised the funds but when I heard about eircom’s Digital Boost we made it our priority to win it. We’re really optimistic and we’re eager to get started on the next stage of the online growth of Waterford thanks to eircom.”

To enter Digital Boost – go online at www.eircom.ie/digitalboost or download the Digital Boost App from the Apple and Google Play stores

About eircom:

eircom is the principal provider of fixed-line and mobile telecommunications services in Ireland with approximately 2 million customers. eircom has the most extensive telecommunications network in Ireland both in terms of capacity and geographic reach.  The Group provides a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data and broadband services to the residential, small business, enterprise and government markets. Our mobile division operates under the Meteor and eMobile brands. In addition, eircom Wholesale is the largest wholesale operator in Ireland, providing products and services to more than 28 wholesale customers, across a range of regulated and unregulated markets.

eircom’s shareholders comprise of more than 200 investors who converted their senior debt holdings to equity upon the successful completion of examinership on 11 June 2012.

 

Content Type: Press Release
Release Date: February 21, 2014
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