New Virtual Marketplace Launched To Support Small Irish Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic

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More than 120 small, independent Irish companies have already registered for The Doorstep Market, a one-stop shop which will enable people to shop local and buy Irish while staying at home.

The initiative, created by volunteers in response to the COVID-19 crisis, will be launched today (06.04.20), with the website going live at 12pm.

In addition to making it easy for people to support local and buy Irish, the website also offers a free e-commerce platform so Irish businesses can get online and start trading quickly and easily. Businesses can also use the site to collaborate on offers and deliveries.  Consumers can browse a wide variety of Irish products on a single site, while buying from multiple different suppliers in a single transaction.

Despite the current restrictions making it impossible to meet in person, co-founders Grace Tallon and Joe O’Connor have been working closely together to develop the project over the past week, mostly using video conferencing technologies.

Grace Tallon, co-founder of The Doorstep Market, said: “We’re really excited about the ambitious virtual shopping experience that The Doorstep Market will offer Irish consumers, with a huge and growing selection of Irish products and services. We’re encouraging people to stay home, and shop local.”

Joe O’Connor, co-founder of The Doorstep Market: “Irish people want to help support their small, independent businesses get through this crisis in whatever way they can. With The Doorstep Market, they can now do that in a single place, from the comfort and safety of their own homes.”

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