Online Trading a Lifeline for Business

- Additional funding welcomed by Cork Chamber -

Cork Chamber has today welcomed the announcement by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, that the Trading Online Voucher Scheme has received additional funding.

Speaking this afternoon, Conor Healy, CEO of Cork Chamber Ireland said;

“Today’s announcement by Minister Humphreys and Minister Bruton that an additional €14.2 million will be committed to the Trading Online Voucher Scheme is very welcome.”

“There has been very strong uptake of this Scheme over the past months as businesses across Cork have changed their retail channels and increased their online trade. We have been advocating strongly for this increased funding as online purchasing has proven to be a lifeline for both the businesses and the customers during the public health restrictions. Local traders have had to find new ways to serve and connect with their customers through these extremely challenging times.”

“As we enter Phase Two of reopening the economy and society, online trade will continue to play a vital role in how many businesses operate. Financial support for businesses will need to remain strong, focused and functional as we progress through the next phases if we are to prevent further damage to our economy.”

Businesses can apply for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme through their Local Enterprise Office. Under the Scheme, small businesses can claim up to €5,000 in two grants worth €2,500 each. The Scheme also facilitates subscriptions to low-cost online retailing platform solutions to quickly establish a retailing presence online.