Advanced Communications Technologies Evaluation Online

The ACT (Advanced Communications Technologies for SME Development and Growth) project has published its final evaluation online.  

ACT was set up to assist businesses in Ireland and Wales to better understand the opportunities that social media, the internet and other modern communication technologies offer through a range of fully-funded social media-themed workshops and a one-to-one support programme to help businesses with individual social media challenges.

The final evaluation report shows that, up to December 2013, 289 SMEs have been assisted and 165 new products or processes have been developed (these figures will increase once the project closes in December).

The project is led by the South East Regional Authority in Ireland with Carlow County Enterprise Board Ltd in Ireland and Welsh partners, Swansea Metropolitan University and University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Of the participant SMEs interviewed, over 90% found the project supports (workshops, one-to-one supports, online training and study visits) either “somewhat useful” or “very useful”.  Similarly, over 80% of respondents reported that these supports had either a medium or high impact on their business.

Click here to read the report and learn more about the ACT project.  The project is part-funded by the Ireland Wales Programme 2007-13 through the European Regional Development Fund.