About the Business Continuity Voucher
Businesses*, employing up to 50 staff, are eligible to apply for a Business Continuity Voucher to the value of €2,500 towards third party consultancy costs to assist with developing short-term and long-term strategies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the voucher is to provide contingency planning advice to assist businesses to continue trading through the crisis. The primary aim of the scheme will be to support companies make informed decisions on the immediate measures needed to continue trading in the current environment while securing the safety of all employees and future business viability through identification of remedial actions.
The Business Continuity Voucher is available to support businesses:
- Develop business continuity plan
- Assess current financial needs in the short term to medium term
- Reduce variable costs, overheads and expenses
- Review and explore supply chain financing options
- Implement remote working processes or procedures
- Leverage HR expertise
- Leverage ICT expertise
- Prepare a business case for application to emergency financial interventions available through Banks, SBCI and Microfinance Ireland
* Please note: client companies of Enterprise Ireland, IDA or Údarás na Gaeltachta should contact their relevant agency, which have other suitable supports in place. This scheme is not suitable for clients of Enterprise Ireland, IDA or Údarás na Gaeltachta. This is a restricted scheme with ordinarily one voucher available per business.
IMPORTANT: Terms and Conditions
- If your application is approved, a qualified expert will be selected and agreed with you to undertake the project. Experts can be appointed from existing LEO panels, Enterprise Ireland panels or other panels as appropriate.
- The Local Enterprise Office will engage the qualified expert to work with you to address the issues identified on your application form.
- Applications must be submitted using this official application form only. Applications in any other format will not be accepted.
- All sections of the application form must be completed in full. Incomplete applications will not be accepted for processing by the Local Enterprise Offices.
- Your application will be acknowledged by the Local Enterprise Office.
- Qualifying applications will be processed and assessed on the basis of their receipt by the LEO to such time as the fund is exhausted or on 15 May 2020, whichever is earlier.
- Ineligible applicants will be informed by their Local Enterprise Office, following receipt of applications.
Freedom of Information: The Local Enterprise Office will not release any information received as part of this application unless it is required by law, including the Freedom of Information Act 2014. If we receive a Freedom of Information request, we will tell you so that you have reasonable time if you want to contest a disclosure.
Data Protection: The Local Enterprise Office is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Our Data Protection Notice tells you about your privacy rights and sets out how we, as a Controller, collect, use, process and disclose your personal data relating to your interactions with us. Please refer to www.localenterprise.ie/legal for copies of our privacy notices.