Other business supports and useful information

  • A new Business Resumption Support Scheme (BRSS) is to be introduced in September 2021 for businesses with significantly reduced turnover as a result of public health restrictions. Businesses whose turnover is reduced by 75% in the reference period (1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021) compared with 2019 will be eligible. The scheme will not be restricted by location, rate paying or physical premises.  
Businesses who previously availed of other schemes such as SBASC and the Tourism Business Continuity Scheme for example as well as CRSS will be eligible to apply provided they meet the qualifying criteria.
The BRSS will be administered by Revenue and will operate in a similar way to Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS).
  • LEAN for Micro is available to Local Enterprise Office clients to help build resilience within small companies. Businesses can avail of consultancy support with a LEAN Expert or help to implement new remote working and physical distancing guidelines. Further details can be obtained through your Local Enterprise Office
  • The full range of Enterprise IrelandIDA IrelandLocal Enterprise Office and Údarás na Gaeltachta grant supports continue to be available to eligible firms to help with strategies to access finance, commence or ramp-up online trading activity, reconfigure business models, cut costs, innovate, diversify markets and supply chains and to improve competitiveness.  
  • InterTrade Ireland’s E-Merge programme provides €2,800 consultancy support to help cross-border businesses develop online sales and eCommerce solutions. 
  • The COVID Products Scheme will allow for up to €200m facilitates the research and development of COVID products, to enable the construction or upgrading of testing and upscaling infrastructures that contribute to the development COVID-19 relevant products, as well as to support the production of products needed to respond to the outbreak. The scheme is delivered through IDA Ireland's COVID-19 supports and Enterprise Ireland's COVID-19 Business Response.  
  • The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund will focus on investment in medium and large-scale enterprises in Ireland through a Pandemic Stabilisation and Recovery Fund. The fund, worth up to €2 billion, will make capital available to medium and large enterprises on commercial terms. 
  • The commercial rates waiver in place for the first half of 2021 will be extended to the end of September 2021. For further information on the extension of the commercial rates waiver see the press release issued by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. 
  • The Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme, delivered by SOLAS, provides financial support for apprenticeship employers who take on apprentices on national apprenticeship programmes. Apprenticeship employers are eligible for a €3,000 payment for each new apprentice.
Other useful information
A range of other useful information, guidance and supports can be found in the website of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, including:
  • Sector specific supports and guidance;
  • Skills and training supports;
  • Work safely protocol;
  • Business continuity; and
  • Poster and graphics
Useful links