Dept launches five apps, four websites to help SMEs

14.06.17

THE INDUSTRY Ministry’s Industrial Promotion Department has spent Bt44 million to develop five new applications and four websites to support small and medium-sized enterprises, expecting 100,000 downloads of the apps by the end of this year.

 Pasu Loharjun, director-general of the department, said the five mobile applications were designed for SMEs and new entrepreneurs. The Money Flow, Billing Flow, Stock Flow, DIP Business Evaluation and DIP Business Plan apps support both Android and iOS mobile operating systems.

The Money Flow app deals with payrolls, cash flows and cash-receivable systems. Billing Flow provides a billing system. The Stock Flow app offers businesses a stock-management system.

Strengths and weaknesses

The DIP Business Evaluation app helps enterprises see their strengths and weaknesses so they can find ways to increase their productivity and efficiency.

Last, the DIP Business Plan application helps entrepreneurs make plans for their future business development.

The department aims to help SMEs and new entrepreneurs reduce the complexity of their accounting and financing systems, reduce operating costs and make work flows more efficient – all free of charge.

It started a pilot test early this year, allowing around 25,000 SMEs to download the apps.

“We are providing five separate mobile applications in order to support the different demands of SMEs and new entrepreneurs,” Pasu said.

Moreover, the department is providing four websites to allow SMEs and new entrepreneurs to access business knowledge, including on product design.

NEClearning.com provides e-learning to support traditional businesses that want to move into modern trade or online channels.

Bsc.dip.go.th provides case studies and business activities for SMEs and new entrepreneurs.

E-consult.dip.go.th provides consultancy, including through Web conferences, to SMEs and new entrepreneurs who want to use online channels to conduct their businesses.

Id-society.com provides a collection of ideas for design and production, and a list of designers, manufacturers and distributors that can create inspiration for new entrepreneurs.

Pasu said there were now around 2.8 million SMEs nationwide, around 20 per cent of which, or about 550,000 SMEs, utilise information technology and online channels to support their businesses.