COVID-19 & your Business
Sharing practical hints, tips & links to support your business through COVID-19
We know that the COVID-19 crisis is presenting immediate and severe financial challenges for businesses so we have put together some practical hints, tips, supports and links to help you along the way.
Don’t panic, take care of yourself, and keep calm and make the necessary changes now:
- Talk to your bank – Take immediate steps to manage your cashflow
- Make a three-month financial plan… look at ways you can cut costs
- Use available government supports for working capital
- Get advice from your accountant
- Check your insurance cover
- Engage with Revenue
- Tap into resources provided by government and financial institutions
- Familiarise yourself self-employed benefits
- Find the opportunities & new ways to connect with your customers or clients
- If your business is affected by COVID-19, don’t forget to update your Google My Business profile. Keep your customers up to date! There is a support page here
Remember to remain positive and take a look at:
- Reassess priorities – Take a long look at your existing business model and make some notes. When you get back to business can you change anything or do some things differently. Look at the things you wanted to change but never had the time. Most of these adjustments can be implemented with the support and buy-in. Keep revising the list and scope out your plan.
- Do the things you’ve never had time to do – Now is also the time to get the advice/assistance of experts in whatever area you need. If you have time others do too and they will be available to share ideas and concepts with you. Decide who you want to talk to, contact and engage with.
- Be enterprising – Ideas don’t cost much and yet they are priceless, think of ways to change the norm. It was your innovation and enterprise that made the business, now look at the business with a fresh pair of eyes. Think about marketing, promotions, getting those customers back and keeping them and growing steadily.
- Don’t sweat about the small stuff – You just have to know the right person/Agency to talk to. Everyone is starting at exactly the same point with the same challenges and reservations. Don’t worry about the little things, Focus on the plan.
- Look at ways to upskill yourself and your team – Now is your time to look at online tuition, be that with someone local or regularised courses that appear online now. Think about the skills you need – invest in yourself, your team for the future.
- Declutter – Clean out the old way of thinking, the premises, the street in front of your business, the constant onslaught on line, Think about working smarter with different priorities.
Return to Work Safely Protocol
The Return to Work Safely Protocol is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, when the economy begins to slowly open up, following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase of the current pandemic. Download the Return to Work Safely Protocol here.
Return to Work Safely templates and checklists
The HSA COVID-19 checklists and templates, based on the Protocol, have been prepared to help employers, business owners and managers to get their business up and running again and to inform workers about what they need to do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
- Checklist 1: Planning and Preparing
- Checklist 2: Control Measures to Prevent Infection
- Checklist 3: COVID-19 Induction
- Checklist 4: Dealing with a Suspected Case of COVD-19
- Checklist 5: Cleaning and Disinfection
Checklist 6: Workers
Worker Representative(s) Checklist
Checklist 7: Worker Representative(s) Checklist
Please scroll down the page to access more news, resources and support links.
Our Business Support Call Centre is open to provide information on Government supports for businesses and enterprises affected by #COVID19.
Get in touch on +353 1 631 2002 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (@EnterInnov) March 30, 2020
The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has recommended that all non-essential retail outlets close to members of the public. All other retail outlets are to implement social distancing. Read more here. A list of essential service providers under new public health guidelines was published on 28th March 2020 is available here.
If you are one of the confirmed essential services you can download public health information posters and social distancing graphics to display on your premises:
More posters, leaflets and social media assets are available on HSE posters and resources.
Other important news
- Support for businesses impacted by COVID 19 through commercial rates deferral. Read more here.
- A six-month moratorium on interest and repayments on new Microfinance Ireland COVID-19 loan. Read more here.
- The banking industry is aiming to increase the contactless payment limit from €30 to €50 by Wednesday, 1 April.
- Bank of Ireland to temporarily close 101 branches. The Killorglin branch is included in this temporary closure. Nearest options for customers needing branch assistance (or lodging) would be Tralee, Killarney or Caherciveen. Read more here.
- A reminder to companies that Income Support Scheme available for those affected by COVID crisis. Read more here.
- Minister Humphreys Welcomes EU Approval on €200m Fund to Support Irish Business during COVID-19 Crisis. Read more here.
- Major Expansion of Business Supports for SMEs announced. Read more here.
- Kerry ETB and Tralee Chamber are calling on business owners and their staff in Kerry to take the opportunity to upskill in their downtime. Kerry ETB is supporting Tralee Chamber business members and their staff with eCollege professional development courses at no cost. Read more here.
- Minister Donohoe announces measures to ensure delivery of Exchequer-funded capital projects under Project Ireland 2040. Read more here.
- The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) has proposed COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme in response to the crisis and the urgent need for retail companies to achieve a step-change in online capability. Read more here.
- Minister Humphreys Publishes National Return to Work Safely Protocol. Read more here.
- Government approves details of Restart Grant for Small Businesses. Read more here.
- An Post commits €2m funding and expertise for SMEs. Read more here.
Business Continuity Planning
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has created a user-friendly checklist identifies a range of issues for enterprise to consider in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can download the documents here.
Quick thread on some of the key measures introduced for companies and employees impacted by #COVID19 restrictions. These measures have been introduced to be used so please explore those if you qualify. pic.twitter.com/7R3yaCXw20
— Chambers Ireland (@ChambersIreland) March 28, 2020
Enterprise Ireland is working with all government stakeholders to ensure that businesses are prepared and informed on the most up-to-date advice and supports available. Read more here.
Local Enterprise Office
Local Enterprise Offices can offer other supports that can help your business respond. These include:
- The new Business Continuity Voucher. Read more and apply here.
- New COVID-19 Business Loan. Read more here.
- Mentoring. Read more here.
- Trading Online Voucher Scheme. Read more here.
- LEAN for Micro. Read more here.
- LEO Financial Supports. Read more here.
Fáilte Ireland COVID-19 Support Hub Update
As the COVID-19 crisis rapidly evolves, Fáilte Ireland is regularly updating their online support hub with new supports and expert guidance to meet the immediate and urgent needs of tourism and hospitality businesses.
Webinars for Irish Companies
- Keeping your team connected and healthy while working…
- Coronavirus COVID-19: Webinar on Irish employment law issues
- Leading Through Times of Change: A Webinar Series
- Remote working used to be a luxury, now it’s a necessity
- Startups — Managing in this Crisis
An updated list of Webinars is available here.
A guide to remote working through the COVID-19 outbreak
Remote working is the new norm. Read a guide here.
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Information
Eligible self-employed people can access to the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. Read more here.
➡️For details on the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme see https://t.co/Cc9cxfkNbe
— welfare.ie (@welfare_ie) March 27, 2020
What Killorglin.ie is doing to help
We’ve have set up a dedicated website page to share the latest #coronavirus￼ updates in one place..from factual @HSELive ￼guidelines to how our local community can come together to support neighbours￼￼ & local businesses. Please click here to access the page. We will be continually updating our social accounts with the ways in which the community are coming together and responding to the crisis so please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Launched Shop Local Safely Campaign
Let’s show our support for local businesses in these tough times:
➜ Order take-out or delivery
➜ Buying gift cards for future use
➜ Prepaying for future appointments
➜ Buy a product or service from a local retailer/service provider online#Killorglin #LivePlayThriveHere pic.twitter.com/OVlgfqfBei
— Killorglin.ie (@KillorglinTown) March 19, 2020
We have reached out to the Killorglin community and highlighted that as customers we all play a vital role in helping local businesses survive. Here’s what we have asked:
- Order take-out or delivery (if they offer it)
- Buying gift cards for future use
- Prepaying for future appointments in the services sector like a barber, hair or beauty salon
- Buy a product or service from a local retailer or service provider online
- Utilise our comprehensive business directory and map when searching for a local service. Click here to view.
A list of local businesses that we’re currently aware are operating during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is available here.
Is your local business still open physically or have you been innovating new ways to trade? Tell us about it and we’ll share it!
We’re urging local businesses who are still open physically or have been innovating new ways to trade to tell us about it & we will do our best to re-share via our social networks. Read more here. This is a free opportunity to include your business information via our social networks.
Remember, we’re all in this together!
Department of Business, Enterprise and InnovationRead more about what Government supports are available for COVID-19 impacted businesses
Local Enterprise OfficeIf your business is impacted by COVID-19, your Local Enterprise Office can help
Enterprise IrelandEnterprise Ireland has a number of supports available to help businesses mitigate the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
Please click on the relevant option below to find out more...
- HSE information on COVID-19
- Department of Health updates
- HPSC COVID-19 guidance for employers & employees
- DEASP COVID-19 information for employers & employees
- HSA COVID-19 advice including advice for employers & FAQs for employers and employees on home-working
- Competition and Consumer Protection Commission COVID-19 information hub
- The Office of the Revenue Commissioners
- Advice for businesses experiencing trading difficulties as a result of COVID-19
- Business Support Call Centre
- FSAI information on COVID-19 and food safety
- Department of Foreign Affairs travel advice
- EU Export Controls for Personal Protection Equipment
- CIF Statement on COVID-19 and Construction
'Remember we are in this together…'