That said, internet sales have grown by 25% year on year in the last quarter, so there is something to be said for getting online, in tough times. The problem is that most independent retailers lack the time, resources and know-how when it comes to getting an ecommerce website set up.
In the Isle of Man there are some examples of success. Moore’s Traditional Curers continue to do well with manxkippers.com and Croft Island Sea Fare and Post A Rose both have great ecommerce sites. TheBestOf and isleofman.com both offer excellent services to help small companies to at least have a web presence, but for the most part, it’s pretty difficult to ‘shop local’ online.
But now help is at hand thanks to a partnership between the Isle of Man Department of Trade and Industry and a leading European provider of ecommerce systems, Venda.
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