Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation Covid- 19 Business Update April 2020

Please find below a series of COVID-19 updates from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation:

Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme

Enterprise Ireland will launch a call for funding on April 20 to support retail companies to enhance their digital capability.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) has proposed this Scheme in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

This is a competitive fund that will be administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of DBEI with a total fund size of €2million.

Applicants must be an Irish-owned retail enterprise that had 10 or more employees on or before 29 February 2020, have a retail outlet and have an existing online presence.

Click here for further information.  A 45-minute webinar with further info will also be held this Friday, 17 April at 11 am – to register, click this link: Contact should you have any queries.


Trading Online Voucher

The expanded Trading Online Voucher Scheme is designed to assist small businesses with up to 10 employees to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets.

It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 with co-funding of 10% from the business along with training and advice to help your business trade online.

Businesses that have already received a Trading Online Voucher can now apply for a second voucher, where upgrades are required.

Click here for further information


Minister Donohoe announces an update to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe TD has announced further updates to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, which apply to those earning less than €500 per week (approx. €31,000) as well as those earning in excess of €586 per week (€38,000).

Employees with net pay less than €586 per week (€38,000):

  • for those employees with previous average net pay up to €412 per week (equivalent to almost €24,400) the subsidy will be increased from 70% to 85% of their previous net weekly pay
  • for those employees with previous average net pay between €412 and €500 per week (equivalent to €24,400-€31,000), the subsidy will be up to €350 per week

For more information, click here.


COVID-19 Update from the Department of Health

Essential Retail

The public health advice is clear and consistent. The public should stay at home wherever possible but can access essential services, including to go to an essential retail outlet to get supplies for the essential upkeep and functioning of their homes.  The overriding public health objective for essential retail outlets remains to keep footfall to the absolute minimum and to make use of home working as much as possible.   Retail outlets that open should ensure that physical distancing and public health guidelines are rigorously implemented.

The Government Guidelines of 27 March  provide guidance on keeping footfall to a minimum and on  physical distancing measures as follows:

– ensure adequate distancing between customers and shop assistants in line with public health guidelines;

– only let people into the store in small groups and ensure spaces are not crowded;

– manage queue control inside and outside the door to maintain necessary physical distance; and,

– all Essential Retail Outlets are encouraged to provide online services where that is possible and appropriate to minimize footfall.

The NSAI has also published a guidance document for the retail sector – the NSAI also operate a helpline to advise employers and operators on essential measures to implement workplace protection and improvement plans, see:

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