We delivered 2 online webinars for the Local Enterprise Office in Kerry and we are sharing the information and videos here. There is some very practical advice from a range of experts.
First step - make sure you contact your Local Enterprise Office – they are there to help. https://www.localenterprise.ie/ They can assign you free mentor support in the first instance and the mentor can help you assess where you are and what supports are available to you.
Useful page here with information for business from Kerry County Council https://www.kerrycoco.ie/covid-19-information-for-business/
From your Local Enterprise Office - Trading Online Vouchers – the funding available for these has increased to 90%. That means you’ll only have to pay 10% of the costs. If you’ve got time and you’ve always harboured ideas for an online offering for your business, or you’ve wanted to add an online payments option now is a good time to look into it. https://www.localenterprise.ie/
Training supports from Skillnet – if there is training that your business needs, that can be delivered remotely, eg. using Zoom or equivalent, Skillnets are able to cover a percentage of the training costs. If you’re already a member of a Skillnet make contact with them first.
Free online training from the ETB www.ecollege.ie – these courses are usually only free to Job Seekers but they are free to everyone at the moment.
Covid 19 Business Loans (in conjunction with Microfinance Ireland). Up to 50,000 loan is available. It’s probably the easiest of all the loans to get and apply for. The Local Enterprise Office provides a mentor to help with the application process. The interest has been reduced to 4.5%. The term is for 3 years and there is no need to pay anything for the first 6 months and there’s no penalty for early repayment. https://www.localenterprise.ie/Portal/response/Other-LEO-Supports/LEO-Response-Supports-pdf.pdf
SortMyBooks webinar contains a round-up of supports available https://vimeo.com/428432339 Update: The Business Continuity Voucher Scheme is closed for the Local Enterprise Office but Udaras continue to have them available and also Enterprise Ireland. Your business will need to fit the criteria for being an Udaras or Enterprise Ireland client.
Martin Ryan from Finance Pro gives a roundup of the loans and financing available https://vimeo.com/428464563 Martin has prepared a handout https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EADTISdcNgd10YLAD2tkxle2yAE6a8-3/view?usp=sharing
Damien McCarthy from Killarney HR & Payroll gives a roundup of the HR issues to be aware of for re-opening https://vimeo.com/428536613 Damien has prepared a handout here http://killarneyhrb.ie/Killarney-HR-&-Payroll-In-This-Together-Return-to-work-protocol.pdf
Sean Kavanagh, Accountant, Sean Kavanagh & Co gives practical advice on preparing cashflow forecasts and managing your finances during this challenging time https://vimeo.com/428539061
Tony Dunne, Kingdom Media discusses the importance of digital communication strategies and gives practical tips on what to do https://vimeo.com/428540717 Managing your Digital Communication: Tony Dunne, Kingdom Media http://www.kingdommedia.ie/covid-19/
Dan O'Donoghue, Asentiv - Business Development Coach - Dan helps us to recognise that business is closer than we think and tells us how to focus on our target market and reach them by having easy conversations with the people that already believe in us https://vimeo.com/428544645 For further information from Dan click here https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x--PIFf6poz0DtE9dF9Op0I356E5_voj/view?usp=sharing
Patricia Casey, Safety Matters, Health & Safety Consultancy - Patricia goes through what's needed to safely re-open https://vimeo.com/424320895/acc17df31c Here is a helpful handout from Patricia https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NamEA5J4n4oAblgAd76AS7XMeec1Y_9P/view?usp=sharing
Patrick Sheehan, Solicitor - discussing legal issues for businesses https://vimeo.com/428548922
Donal O'Sullivan, Cleaning Doctor - Donal goes through the recommended hygiene protocols and give us a sanitation checklist https://vimeo.com/428550660 Donal has prepared a handy checklist https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RhiIxMBbxDufLPsH9c0A9nghzRhEVeHRnT4MNooYX0g/edit?usp=sharing
John O'Shanahan, Lean BPI, Lean Business Consultant - John gives practical advice and specific examples on setting up paperless methods for handling the back to work Covid Regulations https://vimeo.com/428551379 Paperless app for Handling Back to Work Protocols, John O’Shanahan, Lean BPI https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EHWtD8nS_K3WenG7X6avrIwg41T3k28a/view?usp=sharing
Richard Walsh, Richard Walsh & Associates, Loss Assessor - Richard discusses Business Interruption Claims https://vimeo.com/428553816 Business Continuity Insurance, Richard Walsh https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bs2Oxx9PQ7PyyFi-MEee1vtZopN-GbTr
Specifically for Retailers – Retail Excellence has great advice on their website https://www.retailexcellence.ie
Specifically for Hospitality Industry – there are some very helpful webinars and information on https://covid19.failteireland.ie/