Minister of State for Employment Affairs and Retail Business, Neale Richmond, is encouraging retailers in Cavan and Monaghan to apply for funding to enhance their online presence and increase sales.
In the latest round of the Online Retail Scheme, funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and administered by Enterprise Ireland, retailers can access up to €25,000 in grant funding to strengthen their ecommerce capabilities.
Minister Richmond says that Irish retailers have proven their resilience over the past few years and have adapted to changing customer behaviour in many cases by developing an online presence.
He highlighted how businesses that have previously participated in the Scheme have reported increased sales; new employees; and an enhanced digital skill set among their current employees.
The Minister added how clear it was that digitalisation is making a tangible difference to the success of Irish businesses. "I would encourage all eligible retailers to strongly consider the benefits of this Scheme and apply for funding.
"The Scheme provides direct financial support to retail companies to develop a more competitive online business offering to complement their in-store offering. It is administered by Enterprise Ireland and there is €3.4m available in this round of funding," he said.