Carlow companies have so far received € 346,882 for the online retail program through grants of between € 10,000 and € 25,000.
The online retail program was first launched in 2018 to help retailers grow their customer base and expand their offering to include an online platform. The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme was put in place in response to the pandemic and the urgent need of retailers to increase their online capacity. To date, the program has provided more than € 19 million in funding to more than 500 companies across the country.
Fine Gael TD John Paul Phelan said: “The companies in Kilkenny and Carlow have benefited from the online retail program since its inception in 2018, but it has particularly helped retailers over the past 18 months as it has helped them. allowed to continue trading while their doors were closed.
“Companies that had never traded online before had to completely pivot their operations when the country went into lockdown last year and were able to do so with the help of program funding.
“I am delighted to say today that the companies in Kilkenny and Carlow have received total funding of € 593,134 through the program. For many of these retailers, the ability to do business online was the most important factor in keeping their businesses open and protecting local jobs.
“All three cycles of the online retail program to date are currently under review and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar recently signaled his intention to open another round of funding applications later this year.
“In addition to the online retail program, the online trading voucher program, administered by local business offices, offers vouchers of up to € 2,500 to help businesses develop their trading capabilities by line.
“I encourage any local business that has not yet applied for the voucher to contact their local business office to learn more about the application process, ”MP Phelan concluded.