Covid-19 Business Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has created severe challenges for Irish businesses with significant job losses, worldwide disruption and an uncertain road ahead.

Enterprise Ireland is responding to the current global crisis by working with Irish exporters to help them avail of business response supports recently unveiled by the Government. These supports are designed to help businesses stabilise and adapt to the evolving situation, in preparation for getting back on the road to recovery.

For further information on the supports outlined here or for any queries you may have, email the Business Response Unit at businessresponse@enterprise-ireland.com or contact us at 01-727 2088

Business Response Supports:

As the Covid-19 emergency continues to disrupt businesses around the globe, the Government has put in place a suite of funding supports to help Irish companies adjust to immediate and future challenges.

Additional Covid-19 Information

News and Insights

As Covid-19 impacts markets globally, we will publish articles below on Irish Innovation, Business Supports and International Market Watch insights and news.

Webinars and Online Events

Watch the on-demand webinar

HS2 -Reset, Recover, Deliver

This webinar considers the impact of Covid-19 on the UK construction sector and examines the evolving opportunities to engage with Europe’s largest infrastructure project; HS2. Expert insights from:

Nicky Wright – Supply Chain Manager, HS2

Simon Poulter - Head of Procurement and Supply Chain, Align JV

Anthony Boulic - Senior Procurement & Supply Chain Manager, Align JV

Howard Mitchell – Head of Innovation, HS2

John Hunt – Senior Advisor, Construction, Enterprise Ireland

Watch now

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Transitioning back to the Workplace


Jonathan Healy hosts this webinar providing expert guidance on the steps companies should implement to support the smooth transition of employees back into the workplace with:

Fredericka Sheppard, MD, Voltedge
Joyce Rigby Jones, MD, Voltedge
Karen Hernández, Enterprise Ireland

This webinar discusses:

Health, safety and well-being of employees

Communicating around employees' return

Resource planning, roles & responsibilities

Data privacy, security & GDPR

Watch now

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Innovating in a crisis


Host and innovation expert Aidan McCullen explores how Innovation plays a key role in adapting to the Covid-19 crisis with:

Martin McVicar, CEO of Combilift
Gary Keating, CTO of Hibergene
David Keeley, Senior Executive - Innovation, from Enterprise Ireland

This webinar discusses:

The importance of innovation through a crisis

Why collaboration is a key element for success

How Enterprise Ireland supports innovation

Watch now

18th June 12pm - Register now

The state of play in UK retail - Presented by Bryan Roberts

Allyson Stephen of Enterprise Ireland UK will be hosting retail expert, Brian Roberts, to find out all the information that Irish retail exporters need to know.

Bryan is an experienced retail & shopper insights professional, previously working with Kantar, Mintel and tcc Global.

Bryan's previous and current professional experiences provide a unique insight into UK retail and will bring huge benefit to Irish companies exporting in this space.

Register Now

3rd June 10am - Register now

Covid-19 Response webinar - Accessing Liquidity & Managing Cashflow

Join our webinar on 3rd June at 10am for advice from financial expert, Brendan Binchy on how best to navigate accessing liquidity and managing cashflow and hear from Enterprise Ireland's finance team who will discuss the financial supports available. Topics include:

Navigating the business challenge of accessing liquidity and managing cashflow

The importance of a robust financial plan

Funding options available from Enterprise Ireland.

Register Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Online Retail Scheme

The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme supports Irish-owned retailers to enhance their digital capability and develop a more competitive and resilient online offer. 

This €2million fund will be administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of DBEI.

This webinar took place on Fri April 17th at 11.00 - 12.00 PM BST to inform potential applicants about the basis of the scheme and eligibility criteria & activities. Details on how to apply are available at www.enterprise-ireland.com/retail

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series - Module 1: Leadership and Communication

Covid-19 has us all very concerned. The mental and financial sting of social distancing makes business as usual no longer possible. Sales contracts have evaporated, events cancelled, and programs are indefinitely paused.
Join us for a 5-part webinar series, with a goal to provide you with practical guidance, tools and advice.

Re-position and address today’s new market opportunities with the drive and creativity that makes your company so unique. The program is a 5-part series of webinars.

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series - Module 2: Corporate and Crisis Communications

Module 2 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Overview of principles for crisis
  • Communication & decision-making in crisis
  • Communication with key stakeholder groups
  • Messaging in a crisis: Messaging and tone
  • Scenario planning
  • Opportunity in crisis

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series - Module 3: Impact Assessment

Module 3 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Change your tactics not your business
  • Cash reserves & expense reduction: what immediate adjustments
  • Less is more: is a mini, shortened, or less costly version possible?
  • Transitioning your product/service to online delivery

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series - Module 4: Creating a New Narrative

Module 4 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Your value message: why it matters & how to refine it
  • Modifying your message, scripts, and sales tools
  • Demonstrating confidence and curiosity in the market
  • Current messaging examples
  • Vigilance for new opportunities
  • Leverage and partnerships
  • Target list: who, how and where

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series - Module 5: Targeted Sales Approach

Module 5 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Deepening & strengthening customer and prospect relationships
  • Managing expectations, priorities and motivation
  • Tracking and managing productivity
  • Peer partnership to improve execution

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Covid-19 Workplace Improvement and Protection Webinar

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has published a guidance document for businesses outlining preventative measures that can safeguard against the spread of coronavirus and mitigate the risk to business operations in the event of infection. Read more here

Enterprise Ireland has developed a webinar to support clients and is designed to be a practical tool that will help businesses understand and apply the NSAI Guidelines to the workplace.

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

UK Gov Covid- 19 Supports for Irish companies with a registered UK Presence

In this webinar, Deirdre McPartlin, UK Manager, Enterprise Ireland and Gerry Collins, Managing Partner, ECOVIS Wingrave Yeats outline the UK Government’s COVID-19 supports and address the questions Irish companies are asking in relation to these supports: 1. Job Retention / Furloughing 2. HRMC Deferments 3. Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Market Watch: The view from Germany 

Enterprise Ireland’s offices in Germany have launched a series of Webinars; Market Watch Germany, to help Irish companies exporting to Germany navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by Covid 19.

The first webinar looks at overall market sentiment and the German Government support package for companies facing acute difficulties in light of Covid-19. We were joined by market, legal and tax experts from Germany Trade & Invest, SHWP Tax & Law and MHL Law.

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Founders Forum Insights Part 2: HPSU Crisis Supports Webinar

In this interview with Emer O'Donnell, Forum Programme Manager, Niall McEvoy shares some insight into the supports available to HPSU companies to get them through this crisis. (Interview recorded 3rd March 2020). Enterprise Ireland is responsible for supporting High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies. HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 years of starting up.

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Founders Forum Insights Part 3: HPSU Crisis Supports Webinar

In this interview with Emer O'Donnell, Forum Programme Manager, Niall McEvoy shares some insight into the supports available to HPSU companies to get them through this crisis. (Interview recorded 30th April 2020).

Enterprise Ireland is responsible for supporting High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies.  HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 years of starting up.

Watch Now

Watch Webinar Recording

Covid-19 Workplace Improvement and Protection Webinar

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has published a guidance document for businesses outlining preventative measures that can safeguard against the spread of coronavirus and mitigate the risk to business operations in the event of infection. Read more here

Enterprise Ireland has developed a webinar to support clients and is designed to be a practical tool that will help businesses understand and apply the NSAI Guidelines to the workplace.

Watch Now

Webinars and Online Events

Watch Webinar Recording

Online Retail Scheme

The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme supports Irish-owned retailers to enhance their digital capability and develop a more competitive and resilient online offer. 

This €2million fund will be administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of DBEI.

This webinar took place on Fri April 17th at 11.00 – 12.00 PM BST to inform potential applicants about the basis of the scheme and eligibility criteria & activities.  Details on how to apply are available at www.enterprise-ireland.com/retail.

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series – Module 1: Leadership and Communication

Covid-19 has us all very concerned. The mental and financial sting of social distancing makes business as usual no longer possible. Sales contracts have evaporated, events cancelled, and programs are indefinitely paused.
Join us for a 5-part webinar series, with a goal to provide you with practical guidance, tools and advice.

Re-position and address today’s new market opportunities with the drive and creativity that makes your company so unique. The program is a 5-part series of webinars.

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series – Module 2: Corporate and Crisis Communications

Module 2 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Overview of principles for crisis
  • Communication & decision-making in crisis
  • Communication with key stakeholder groups
  • Messaging in a crisis: Messaging and tone
  • Scenario planning
  • Opportunity in crisis

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series – Module 3: Impact Assessment 

Module 3 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Change your tactics not your business
  • Cash reserves & expense reduction: what
    immediate adjustments
  • Less is more: is a mini, shortened, or less
    costly version possible?
  • Transitioning your product/service to online delivery

3rd June 10am – Register now

Covid-19 response webinar – Accessing Liquidity & Managing Cashflow

Join our webinar on 3rd June at 10am for advice from financial expert, Brendan Binchy on how best to navigate accessing liquidity and managing cashflow and hear from Enterprise Ireland’s finance team who will discuss the financial supports available. Topics include:
  • Navigating the business challenge of accessing liquidity and managing cashflow
  • The importance of a robust financial plan
  • Funding options available from Enterprise Ireland.

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series – Module 4: Creating a New Narrative

Module 4 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Your value message: why it matters & how to refine it
  • Modifying your message, scripts, and sales tools
  • Demonstrating confidence and curiosity in the market
  • Current messaging examples
  • Vigilance for new opportunities
  • Leverage and partnerships
  • Target list: who, how and where

Watch Webinar Recording

Focus Shift North America Webinar Series – Module 5: Targeted Sales Approach

Module 5 of the Focus Shift Webinars Series will examine the following:

  • Deepening & strengthening customer and prospect relationships
  • Managing expectations, priorities and motivation
  • Tracking and managing productivity
  • Peer partnership to improve execution

Watch Webinar Recording

Covid-19 Workplace Improvement and Protection Webinar

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has published a guidance document for businesses outlining preventative measures that can safeguard against the spread of coronavirus and mitigate the risk to business operations in the event of infection. Read more here

Enterprise Ireland has developed a webinar to support clients and is designed to be a practical tool that will help businesses understand and apply the NSAI Guidelines to the workplace.

Watch Webinar Recording

UK Gov Covid- 19 Supports for Irish companies with a registered UK Presence

In this webinar, Deirdre McPartlin, UK Manager, Enterprise Ireland and Gerry Collins, Managing Partner,  ECOVIS Wingrave Yeats outline the UK Government’s COVID-19 supports and address the questions Irish companies are asking in relation to these supports:

1. Job Retention / Furloughing
2. HRMC Deferments
3. Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Watch Webinar Recording

Market Watch: The view from Germany 

Enterprise Ireland’s offices in Germany have launched a series of Webinars; Market Watch Germany, to help Irish companies exporting to Germany navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by Covid 19.

The first webinar looks at overall market sentiment and the German Government support package for companies facing acute difficulties in light of Covid-19. We were joined by market, legal and tax experts from Germany Trade & Invest, SHWP Tax & Law and MHL Law.

Watch Webinar Recording

Founders Forum Insights Part 2: HPSU Crisis Supports Webinar

In this interview with Emer O’Donnell, Forum Programme Manager, Niall McEvoy shares some insight into the supports available to HPSU companies to get them through this crisis. (Interview recorded 3rd March 2020).

Enterprise Ireland is responsible for supporting High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies.  HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 years of starting up.

Watch Webinar Recording

Founders Forum Insights Part 3: HPSU Crisis Supports Webinar

In this interview with Emer O’Donnell, Forum Programme Manager, Niall McEvoy shares some insight into the supports available to HPSU companies to get them through this crisis. (Interview recorded 30th April 2020).

Enterprise Ireland is responsible for supporting High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) Companies.  HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets and the potential to create 10 jobs and €1m in sales within 3 years of starting up.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Additional Supports

Additional Supports for Businesses include:

Business Support Brochure

Enterprise Ireland has a number of supports available to help businesses mitigate the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Contact

For further information on the supports outlined here or for any queries you may have, email the Business Response Unit at businessresponse@enterprise-ireland.com or contact us at 01-727 2088

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Regional Offices

Contact one of Enterprise Ireland’s nine regional offices to discuss how we can support your business:

Letterkenny, Sligo, Dundalk, Galway, Shannon, Tralee, Athlone, Cork and Waterford.