COVID-19 Business Support

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Business Continuity Voucher

29th April 2020

The new Business Continuity Voucher, available through Local Enterprise Offices, is designed for businesses across every sector that employ up to 50 people.

The voucher is worth up to €2,500 in third party consultancy costs and can be used by companies and sole traders to develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The goal is to help companies make informed decisions about what immediate measures and remedial actions should be taken, to protect staff and sales.

If your application is successful, a qualified expert will be selected by your Local Enterprise Office to work with you on your business continuity plans. The value of this service is up to a maximum of €2,500.

If you wish to apply for the voucher please visit the website here for your Local Enterprise Office.


COVID-19 Business Support

9th April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging many businesses across Ireland and the world. Businesses have had to innovate and adapt with to be able to cope through these times of uncertainty.

Here are some useful links and information below in relation to COVID-19

Information to Employers and Employees

Ireland’s National Action Plan in response to COVID-19

The Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 has approved a National Action Plan. The plan has been prepared following involvements from all departments and key agencies.

Its main aims are to:

Minimise the risk of people becoming unwell

Minimise the health, wellbeing and social impact for people who may be at greater risk

Reduce the economic and social disruption associated with the COVID-19 outbreak

The plan includes information on:

What we know about the COVID-19 virus

What the public can do to reduce the threat

The public health led approach being taken

Supports for vulnerable people in society

Measures to ensure continuity of essential services

Measures to protect vital supply chains

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is implementing a wide range of measures that are unprecedented in their scale and speed in order to face the enormous challenges that COVID-19 will pose in the coming weeks. The plan will continue to evolve as the situation evolves. Implementation will continue to be overseen by the Cabinet Committee, which is supported by a Senior Officials Group, and continues to act on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Further information is available on the government’s COVID-19 information page.

Also included is an Innovation Centre Business, ‘Inner Compass‘ which operates their business from the Innovation Centre at IT Sligo, supports people struggling with low mental wellbeing, be that anxiety, low mood or toxic stress. They provide a coaching intervention, which comprises six one-hour, one-on-one sessions, over a period of 3 months. In this difficult and challenging times, Inner Compass is providing their service on-line and free of charge.

If you, a family member or a friend is struggling and looking to improve their mental well being, please contact Therese at therese@nullinnercompass.ie

The Inner Compass service is research based and has proven results. For more information about the significant positive changes it has brought to people’s lives, see https://www.innercompass.ie/the-research


Wellbeing during COVID-19

9th April 2020

Here is some information to looking after your mental wellbeing during the COVID pandemic

Minding you and your teams from a psychological perspective

Five Actions for Wellbeing During Tough Times


Training Opportunities During COVID-19 Crisis

8th April 2020

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland. Their mandate is to advance the competitiveness, productivity and now more than ever, innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development.

Training opportunities and news are available here.


eCollege is now Open

7th April 2020

eCollege is a SOLAS-funded online training facility providing interactive online learning courses.

You can search for all available online courses here.