New Covid-19 On-line Retail Scheme will support businesses in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown to expand their online presence

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Successful applicants will receive grants of up to €40k

A new Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme will support businesses in Dún
Laoghaire-Rathdown to expand their online presence, a Fine Gael
Senator has said.

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English
TD, has launched a new €5.5 million Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme as
announced in the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus package.

Senator Barry Ward said: “DLR businesses with an existing online
presence can now apply to the Online Retail Scheme for a grant of up
to a maximum of €40,000.

“The fund is designed to help businesses to accelerate their online
offerings to respond to both domestic and international consumer
demand.

“The grant will cover 80% of project costs and can be used to fund
fees for service providers, to develop and implement a digital
strategy supported by in-house training, and to enhance the retailer’s
website and related systems.

“Online trade is already so important to many businesses throughout
the county, from Blackrock to Shankill and from Dún Laoghaire to
Dundrum. However with COVID-19, businesses really need to maximise
their online presence due to the drop off in footfall in their shops.
This fund is designed to help them do exactly that and hopefully will
boost their business after what has been a very difficult few months
in retail.

“I encourage all local businesses to apply for a grant when the
Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme opens for applications on Monday, 31
August 2020. There is a simple application process accessible through
the Enterprise Ireland website.”

Speaking at the launch of the new scheme in Great Outdoors in Dublin,
Minister English said: “The Government has been listening to retailers
across the country and it is clear that the Covid-19 pandemic
continues to make it an urgent priority for businesses to accelerate
the growth of their online offering. For many retailers, developing
their online sales channel for consumers has been a long-term goal
prior to the pandemic.

“As Minister, I am determined to support that ambition and assist our
retailers to increase their digital presence and boost online sales
allowing them to target new and existing customers and shoppers in the
online space.

“I know the difference grants such as these are making in hundreds of
businesses throughout the country. Retailers are seizing the
opportunity to significantly enhance their online shopfronts and
complement their traditional presence. The increased customers and
revenue make an important contribution to the bottom line. It also
provides consumers with more opportunities to support local businesses
in their community, even when shopping online.”

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