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Factsheet for case IE-2020-14/794 – measures in Ireland

Business continuity voucher

Country Ireland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 April 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound
Case created 26 April 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)
Related ERM support instrument

Background information

The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) is a public service support provider for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.

The goal of this measure - the provision of business continuity vouchers - is to help companies make informed decisions about what immediate measures and remedial actions should be taken, to protect staff and sales as a response to mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Content of measure

The new Business Continuity Voucher, available through Local Enterprise Offices, is designed for businesses across every sector that employ up to 50 people. It can be used by companies and sole traders to develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Business Continuity 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. Where successful, an expert will be selected from existing LEO or Enterprise Ireland panels to work with the applicant company to undertake the project.

Use of measure

According to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: 14,871 applications were received. As of 31 December 2020, 12,074 were approved with a total value of €25.84 million.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

No involvement



Eurofound (2020), Business continuity voucher, case IE-2020-14/794 (measures in Ireland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.