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Factsheet for measure IE-2020-14/794 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 April 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||26 April 2020 (updated 11 January 2021)|
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.
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.
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.
|Does not apply to workers||
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
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:
Eurofound (2020), Business continuity voucher, measure IE-2020-14/794 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2020-14_794.html
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