Fund delivered to support retailers’ online offering and increase competitiveness

07/06/2019

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced the second call of the Enterprise Ireland pilot Online Retail Scheme which opens for applications on Wednesday, 19 June. The €1.25m fund is targeted at online retailers to encourage acceleration of their online offerings and can be used to fund research, strategy development, implementation and training. It will remain open for six weeks, closing to applications at 3.00pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

The pilot Scheme’s second call is an initiative of the Government of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland and originates from the work of the Retail Consultation Forum, chaired by the Minister. Under this second competitive call, successful Irish retailer applicants with the ambition to internationalise through a strengthened online offering can receive funding ranging from €10,000 to €25,000.

The Scheme’s purpose is to support online retailers to strategically enhance their online sales capabilities to increase competitiveness and subsequently scale their businesses in international markets.

The Online Retail Scheme is open to applications from Irish owned retail businesses with 10 or more employees, and who have a physical retail outlet.

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