Even though the pint-sized megalomaniac meant it as an insult, if he had been around today he would have probably harangued the Isle of Man for being nothing more than an island of e-tailers.
But how hard is it to set-up an online shop?
The answer is: not very.
‘But Sherrilynne’ I hear you ask yourself, ‘is it wise in this economic climate?’
Quite simply: yes. Online retailing, or e-tailing, is a growth industry in the UK, even in the depths of this icy recession.
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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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