Enterprise Ireland Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme

COVID-19 Online Retail Scheme


Enterprise Ireland have announced details of a scheme proposed by The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI). It is in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the pressing need for retail companies to achieve a step change in their online offering.

The purpose of the €2m fund is to enable Irish-owned retailers to enhance their digital capability and to develop a more competitive online offer. This will enable an increase in their customer base and build a more resilient business in the domestic and global marketplace both online and offline.

Successful applicants will be awarded funding to support a maximum of 80% of the project’s eligible costs with a maximum grant of €40,000 and a minimum of €10,000. Full details are available on the Enterprise Ireland website here.

How do I start?

Application must be made via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System during the call open dates. They recommend engaging with an agency with a strong capability in online retail and who can help with the whole process from planning to execution.

Where can I get help?

As a leading digital agency with a proven track record in successful applications to Enterprise Ireland, Aró is your ideal partner for the grant process. Typical activities which are eligible for the grant funding are already aligned with our core business strengths. Whether it’s auditing and benchmarking their current state, researching and developing new strategies or implementing web-based solutions and process improvements, Aró help companies fulfil their digital potential and supercharge their online revenue.

We will work strategically with you to understand your full ambition and work in alignment with your overall strategy to maximise e-commerce revenue. Aró will look after the full e-commerce experience using high end website design, digital marketing, customer success management and software development. Our difference is the combined optimisation of strategic planning, technology and service across a platform which powerfully boosts revenue.

If you would like to take this opportunity to transform your online offering, we can help. We’d love to hear from you! Please complete our contact form, email us at [email protected] or call 
+ 353 91 597200.

Who can apply?

If your company:
  • is registered in Ireland
  • had 10 or more employees on or before February 29 2020
  • has an existing online presence (website or social media)
  • has a retail outlet from which it derives the majority of its revenue
  • has an ambition to export
Then this is the perfect opportunity to reboot your digital strategy. Give Aró a call!

What’s the timeline?

Call open date: Wednesday 29th April 2020
Call close date: Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 3pm

Further information
  • Full information can be accessed on the Enterprise Ireland website here
  • A slide presentation covering the webinar which Enterprise Ireland hosted on the topic can be found here
  • A full list of FAQs provided by Enterprise Ireland can be found here

For more information about how Aró Digital can help you avail of the COVID-19 online retail grant, get in touch with us here or call us directly on: + 353 91 597200

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