Going Digital – In West Cork for West Cork

National Digital Week 2016, running in Skibbereen from 10th to 12th November, is fast approaching. Senior movers and shakers in the world of technology are scheduled to attend, but National Digital Week, and the Ludgate Digital Hub itself, is not just about major tech companies and big business. In fact, its main purpose is quite the opposite, getting small local West Cork businesses online and in front of their local and global customer base.


What does it take to get your business online? The only real option for businesses to show a unique and individual face to the online world is via a bespoke website.

There are numerous DIY options available, but while platforms like Wix and Weebly claim they are relatively easy to use, they still require technical prowess that is beyond a lot of people. Do you require a Windows or Linux host server? Should you have a .com or a .ie domain name? How do you protect your site from hackers?  You could perhaps learn all this if you’re technically minded, but wouldn’t your time be better spent developing your business, and leave your website design to professionals who do it for a living?

Introducing The Fastnet Group. We are a multi-disciplinary digital partnership, set up to help local businesses get on line as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. There are many web design companies out there. Why is ours special?

Stability: We are all long-term West Cork residents, with families and established businesses of our own in the region.

Versatility: We have specialists in all the different fields that make good websites deliver for businesses, including graphic design, photography, copywriting, online marketing, social media and hosting.

Bev Cotton is the founder of Fastnet Websites, a long established West Cork web-design company that has worked with hotels, SMEs, designers, artists, property companies and non-profit organisations.

Richard Bradburn is an author, journalist (Irish Times, local press, blogger and Managing Editor of editorial.ie, a West Cork based literary consultancy with a global client list.

Miriam O’Donovan is a marketing expert (Dun and Bradstreet, AGB Television) contributor (Sunday Times, Village) and the co-ordinator of the West Cork Garden Trail.

Dermot Sullivan is a professional photographer, covering both commercial and fashion, including weddings and editorial commissions.


The Fastnet Group can provide clear and compelling websites, including ecommerce and room/event booking functionality, with seamless social media integration and digital marketing. Our experts can provide superb commercial-standard images of your products or premises, and powerful web content aimed at maximising conversions (sales) and web visibility (SEO).


And don’t forget to enter our competition for a free website.  Full details here

Article as featured in West Cork People


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