Minister English announces €5.3m in grants to retail sector through Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme administered by Enterprise Ireland

9th November 2020

Online Retail Scheme
Pictured, L-R: Stephen Creaner, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland; Minister Damien English TD and Conor Moran, Online Marketing Manager, The 1933 Furniture Company
  • 145 retailers will receive funding via the scheme which aims to drive Irish retailers’ online sales at home and abroad
  • 70% of successful applicants located outside Dublin

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Damien English TD, has today announced the successful applicants approved for funding through the second call of the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme, which is administered by Enterprise Ireland. 145 retailers have been approved €5.3M in funding as part of the scheme, which is targeted at retailers who already have an online presence to strengthen their online offering and enable them to reach a wider customer base.

The scheme, which was announced in the Government’s July Jobs Stimulus package, received 204 applications. 70% of the successful applicants are located outside Dublin with 102 retailers from these regions approved for funding.

Under this Covid-19 competitive call, the successful applicants will receive funding ranging from €16,000 to €40,000 to strengthen their online offering. The average grant value is €36,700 and covers up to 80% of project costs.

Minister Damien English TD said: “I was very pleased by the positive response from the Irish retail sector to the second call for applications under the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme as Government continues to help Irish businesses deal with the impact of the pandemic. The economic value of operating in the e-commerce space and its convenience for customers has come to the fore in 2020 and this scheme aims to help companies improve and maximise digital sales prospects.

“We know that consumers are keen to support their local retailers, even when shopping online, and these grants will help businesses to really maximise the opportunities in the e-commerce market. Of course, this market is not limited by geography and physical location and we know that Irish businesses with strong online resources also have their eyes on the international marketplace.

“The Government continues to focus on helping businesses to get back on track in the coming months and as more of our workplaces and businesses can reopen in the coming weeks, in line with public health guidelines, we will do everything we can to support retailers in creating safe shopping spaces, in store and online, for customers and staff.”

Stephen Creaner, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland added: “The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme has proven to be a very attractive scheme for retailers and it’s clear that Irish businesses are keenly aware of the growing e-commerce opportunities both at home and abroad for online retail. They also understand the necessity of operating an updated and efficient online sales platform that complements their physical stores.

“Grants through this scheme are being used by retailers to upgrade their systems to improve their digital presence and to become more competitive in the virtual marketplace. This is helping to broaden their customer base and grow sales with some companies reporting that they are recruiting extra staff as result.

“Ultimately, retailers who are investing in their online presence now are also strengthening their offering to help deal with the uncertainty and challenges that lie ahead.”

Co. Meath based ‘The 1933 Furniture Company’, located in Beechmount Industrial Estate in Navan, was one of the 145 companies to receive grant approval in the second call for the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme.

Conor Moran, Online Marketing Manager, The 1933 Furniture Company commented: “We are delighted to be approved for the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme. Our customers are spending an increased amount of time online, so the digital landscape is becoming an ever more important channel for us. We believe that the grant support will offer us the opportunity to create a new online platform that complements and integrates with our existing business model.”

The Online Retail Scheme was open to Irish-owned retailers with a physical store and a pre-existing online presence who employ 10 or more people. In addition the scheme focuses on retailers predominantly selling products to individual consumers as opposed to those selling mainly to business customers. Grants can be used to fund fees for service providers, develop and implement a digital strategy supported by in-house training and enhance the retailer’s website.

The scheme is complementary to the €2,500 Trading Online Vouchers, provided through the Local Enterprise Offices for companies with up to 10 employees.

Enterprise Ireland will be opening a new call under the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme in early 2021.

The 145 retailers awarded funding, operate across a broad spectrum of sectors including healthcare, jewellery, fashion, sports, homeware and furniture, electrical goods and equipment.

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About Enterprise Ireland:

Enterprise Ireland is the Irish State agency that works with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth and regional development, and help create and sustain employment in Ireland. www.enterprise-ireland.com

About the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme:

Supporting the Irish retail sector to embed a more sophisticated online trading (e-tailing) strategy in its business model can contribute to the continued viability of a cohort of retail companies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and help position them for recovery. Applicant companies must be an Irish-owned retail enterprise that had 10 or more employees on or before 29 February 2020 and has the potential to sustain or create jobs, generate growth in online transactions and with an ambition to internationalise their business in future.

The business must also:

  • have an existing online presence (e.g. website or social media)
  • have a retail outlet and derive the majority of revenue from retailing products directly to individual consumers:
    • Where a company provides both products and services, the applicant must provide a breakdown of sales revenue showing that products account for more than 50% of total revenue for a recent trading period, which may be up to the call close date;
    • Where a company has a mixture of business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) operations, the applicant must provide a breakdown of sales revenue showing that sales from B2C activities account for more than 50% of total revenue for a recent trading period, which may be up to the call close date;
  • Must employ at least 10 employees in the Republic of Ireland (on a full-time equivalent basis on or before 29 February 2020)

The Scheme originated in the work of the Retail Consultation Forum which is chaired by the Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English T.D.

Building on two previous successful calls of the pilot Online Retail Scheme, introduced by the Department arising from the work of the Retail Consultation Forum, applications for the two 2020 schemes were open to indigenous retailers to develop a more competitive online offer in response to the Covid-19 crisis and to strengthen business resilience.

List of 145 approved companies under Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme:

Company Name, County

Abbey Convenience Retail Ltd Dublin
Acepharm Ltd Dublin
Annacotty Consulting Ltd t/a Green Cross Pharmacy Limerick
Anthony Ryan Ltd Galway
Bellasy Ltd t/a University Pharmacy Galway
Blackberry Hearing Ltd Kildare
Bluebell Pharmacy Ltd Dublin
Brett Supplies Ltd Meath
Briarcroft Ltd t/a Lambert's Homevalue Carlow
Bushell Interiors Ltd Dublin
Butlers (Chemists) Ltd Cork
Callistoy Ltd Dublin
Carey’s Pharmacy Ltd Dublin
Carroll Newsagents Ltd Louth
Castle Davitt Furniture Ltd Mayo
Castleblayney Plant Hire Ltd Monaghan
Cavanagh Nets Ltd Donegal
Cell Again Ireland Ltd Dublin
Chapter and Verse Books Ltd Meath
Conways Sligo Bookshop Ltd Sligo
Corcorans' Furniture & Carpets Ltd Kerry
Cordar Pharmacy Ltd t/a Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy Mayo
Cordners Shoes Ltd Sligo
Cullinan & Sons Ltd Clare
Custcare Ltd t/a The Bookmark Donegal
DAGG Procurement Ltd t/a Johnstons Pharmacy Longford
Daverns (Cashel) Ltd Tipperary
Declan Dowling Ltd Waterford
Deks Opticians Ltd Dublin
Dingle Fashion and Gifts Ltd Kerry
Doonshean imaginings Ltd Kerry
Eason Ltd Dublin
Edward Slevin and Company Ltd Donegal
Electro City Ltd Kilkenny
Ennis Electrical and Gas Supplies LTD Clare
Eurasia Ireland Distribution Ltd Dublin
Explore Marketing Ltd t/a Trespass Wicklow
Facet Ltd Dublin
Fennariv Designated Activity Company Waterford
Flanagans Interiors Ltd Wicklow
Fonez Ltd Galway
Formwave Ltd t/a Hifihut Dublin
Foy and Company (Ballyfofey) Ltd Donegal
Franks Interiors Ltd Louth
Freezer Queen Ltd t/a Redmond Electric Wexford
Fun Tech Ltd Dublin
Future Forests Ltd Cork
Gardiner Grain Ltd Wexford
Ger Gavin Home Interiors Ltd Tipperary
Gerard Anthony Ltd Roscommon
Gleeson Sport Scene Ltd Limerick
Glendalough Craft Centre Ltd Wicklow
Greenes Letterkenny Ltd Donegal
Hals Golf Ltd Dublin
Hanley's Garden Sheds Ltd Cork
Healthplus Ltd Galway
Healthwave Ltd Dublin
Hickey & Company Ltd Dublin
Hillcastle Sales Ltd t/a The Gift and Art Gallery Louth
Industry Lifestyle Ltd Dublin
Jabez Holdings Ltd t/a Stacks Pharmacy Dublin
James E. Hegarty and Co. Ltd Donegal
John Atkins & Co. Ltd Cork
John P. Hopkins & Sons Ltd t/a Hopkins Toymaster Wicklow
Joyces Wexford Ltd Wexford
JPD Pharmacy Ltd Monaghan
Keanes Jewellers UnLtd Company Cork
Ken Black Ltd Laois
Kennys Bookshop & Art Galleries (Holdings) Ltd Galway
Kerrigans Factory Shop Ltd Dublin
KETA Products Ltd Cork
Kintbury Ltd t/a 53 Degrees North Dublin
Landers Outdoor World Ltd Kerry
Lemap Ltd Dublin
Limegreen Ltd t/a Jim McLoughney Menswear Tipperary
Little Italy Ltd Dublin
Livy Issue Ltd t/a McGuirks Golf Dublin
Louis Copeland & Sons Ltd Dublin
Lovely stuff Ltd t/a Kinvara Skincare Galway
Luxury Treats Ltd Meath
M.P. Doyle Ltd Carlow
Mac Eochagain Ltd Mayo
Magees Pharmacy (Letterkenny) Ltd Donegal
Mahers Chemists Ltd Louth
Maurice Graham Ltd Monaghan
McDaid Pharmacy Ltd Cavan
Meadows & Byrne Ltd Cork
Melfer Ltd t/a McCormacks Pharmacy Tipperary
MGM Interiors Ltd Dublin
MICHAEL BEATTY & CO LTD Galway
Mods & Minis Holdings Ltd Kerry
Montekin Ltd t/a Town Centre Pharmacy Louth
Moran's Homezone Ltd t/a The 1933 Furniture Company Meath
Morrisseys Medical Hall Ltd Carlow
Murphy and O'Connor Unltd Company Cork
Murphy Larkin Timber Products Ltd Waterford
Murphy's Ice Cream Ltd Kerry
N17 Discount Electrical Ltd Galway
O'Connor Pharmacy (Cork) Ltd Cork
O'Mahonys Booksellers Ltd Limerick
OSG Property Developments Ltd Kerry
O'Sullivans Pharmacies and Beauticians (Sarsfield Street) Ltd Limerick
P. Boland Ltd Wicklow
Patrick Rogers Ltd Sligo
Patrick Sweeney (Chemists) Ltd t/a Roches Chemist Dublin
Paul Lynam Offaly
Queenpharm Ltd Cork
Quills Retail Ltd Kerry
Radharc Concepts Ltd Galway
Ranove Investments Jervis ltd Dublin
Ratoga Systems Ltd Dublin
Records & Discs Ltd t/a Tower Records Dublin
Rolsford Ltd t/a McSport Dublin
Ronaghan's Pharmacy Ltd Monaghan
Seagreen Ltd Dublin
Seahorse Aquariums Ltd Dublin
Serena Boutique Ltd Dublin
Simon Hart Ltd t/a Korkys Dublin
Siopa Rince Teoranta Dublin
Skinfull Affairs (Dublin) Ltd Dublin
Solar Spa Ltd Dublin
Soma Clothing Ltd t/a Carousel Dublin
Sortatron Ltd t/a McGorisks Pharmacy Westmeath
South Link Road Pharmacy Ltd Cork
Standum Teoranta Galway
Stephen Murtagh and Sons Ltd Meath
Sullivan's Quay Health Co Ltd Cork
The Edge Sports Ltd Cork
The Elms Furniture Ltd Kildare
The Greedy Pig Ltd t/a Hen's Teeth Dublin
The Outdoor Scene Ltd Dublin
The Templecrone Cooperative Agricultural Society Ltd Donegal
Thomas Archer (Ballina) Ltd Mayo
Thomas H. Kean Ltd Mayo
Tilestyle (Irl) Ltd Dublin
Torpedo Construction Ltd t/a Grange Builders Providers Dublin
Treshar Ltd Galway
Triona Crafts Ltd Donegal
Tynestyle Trading Ltd t/a Here's Health Cork
United Retail Trading Ltd t/a Eurocycles Eurobaby Dublin
Vibes & Scribes Ltd Cork
Villa Rotunda Ltdt/a The Garden House Dublin
Walsh Brothers, Ltd Kerry
Wolrac Ltd Carlow
Zest At Ltd Clare

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