Over the coming weeks Drogheda Chamber and Chambers around the country in conjunction with Chambers Ireland are engaging with the HSE, Government Departments and Local Authorities to work through these implications of businesses reopening, while adhering to the directive.
Updates on Enterprise/ Economic supports - Louth
- Covid-19 – Business ReStart Plus Grant
- Town and Village 2020 Covid Accelerated Measure
- Creative and Cultural Jobs Stimulus Measure Funding 2020
Find more information about the Creative Ireland Programme and the Louth Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 on: www.creativeireland.gov.ie
Submissions outlining your proposal, must be received by Tuesday 25th August 2020 at 4pm. Submissions by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out HSE.ie updates ;
Shopping Safely https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/shopping-safely-coronavirus/shopping-safely-coronavirus.html
Latest updates https://www.gov.ie/en/news/7e0924-latest-updates-on-covid-19-coronavirus/
How to use Face Coverings correctly https://www.droghedachamber.ie/blog/how-to-use-face-coverings
The below link contains three posters relating to face coverings for download/print/display.
Click here for posters
Government supports for COVID-19 impacted businesses Here
Phase 4 of the Roadmap for reopening Ireland delayed
Following yesterday's Cabinet meeting, the Government announced that the move to Phase 4 that was planned for 10 August 2020 will now be delayed for at least 3 weeks until 31 August 2020.
Additional measures announced include:
- Pubs that do not serve food will not be able to reopen on Monday 10 August 2020
- Restaurants will have to close at 11pm
- Face coverings will become mandatory in shops and shopping centres from 10 August 2020
- The current restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings will continue with up to 50 people allowed to gather indoors and up to 200 allowed to gather outdoors
Click here for more details
Dept of Employment Affairs & Social Protection COVID-19 Update | Extension of Suspension of certain Redundancy Provisions & extension of COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit
- The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, has secured government approval to extend the suspension of redundancy provisions relating to temporary lay-off and short-time work, which arose as a result of COVID-19 until 17 September.
- The Minister also secured approval to extend the duration of the COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit until 31 March.
Click here for more details
Minister Troy welcomes Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (COVID-19) Bill 2020
- Businesses can hold AGM’s, general meetings and creditors’ meetings by electronic means
- Threshold at which company is deemed unable to pay its debts increased to €50,000
- Examinership increased to 150 days READ THE PRESS RELEASE IN FULL
July Jobs Stimulus doc. Further information on the Stimulus can be found here: Click here to read
Check out Chambers ireland updates;
SMEs: A Guide to COVID-19 Financial Support Measures
Banks and SMEs: the business of lending and borrowing
COVID-19 CREDIT GUARANTEE SCHEME
The Government has agreed to publish the Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill 2020, which will underpin the new COVID-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme and will also remove the portfolio cap, which will result in an increased potential maximum liability for the State of €1.6 billion. The legislation is expected to go through the Oireachtas next week.
For further info, click here
MICROENTERPRISE LOAN FUND (AMENDMENT) BILL 2020 - SIGNED INTO LAW
Last Friday 10th July, it was confirmed by the Office of the President of Ireland that the Microenteprise Loan Fund (Amendment) Bill 2020 had been signed into law.
The Microenterprise Loan (Amendment) Bill allows for increased funding for Microfinance Ireland (MFI) which provides loans of up to €50,000 to businesses employing ten staff or less.
For further information on this Bill (now signed into law), click here.
COVID-19 OFFICIAL TRACKER APP NOW AVAILABLE;
The Irish Government have launched the official (Free) COVID-19 Tracker App.
alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Coronavirus
advise you on what to do to protect yourself and others
alert other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for Coronavirus
Click here for more info & for the download links to the App
The Enterprise Support Grant will be available to assist eligible self-employed recipients who are coming off COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment scheme after 25th June 2020.This will be a once-off grant of up to €1,000 to re-start their business which employ fewer than 10 people https://www.gov.ie/en/service/739f3-enterprise-support-grant-for-buisnesses-impacted-by-covid-19/
Louth County Enterprise Fund Now that you have mastered Skype and Zoom, why not try some other Digital Tools that help develop business and make communication and planning more efficient. Check out www.digitalchangemakers.eu for more detail – especially ‘Learning Resources’ Mob: 087-2341455 Email: email@example.com www.thefund.ie
Phase 3 of Ireland's Roadmap for reopening which is in place right now June 29th
COVID 19 Business Supports
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK Webinar The Asian Development Bank (ADB) are now prepared to lend to Irish Companies for projects leading to development in Asia
Webinar: Investing in Irish High End Impact Tech Solutions that Make a Difference in Developing Asia - 09.30- 10.30 Ireland time Wednesday 8 July
To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org via email with the title/subject-line 8 July
Following last Friday's address from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, The Department of the Taoiseach has published new documents on the Revision of the different Phases of the Reopening of Society and Business. Revised Reopening Infographic
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation has published a new infographic featuring an overview of non-repayable COVID-19 supports for reopening your business.
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT PAYMENT & ENHANCED ILLNESS BENEFIT
Please click the link below for updates to review on the payments awarded as part of the response to COVID-19, specifically around continued eligibility for the payments and rules around ending the payments, including:
- Pandemic Unemployment Payment
- COVID-19 Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme
- COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit Payment
Agency supports to help Irish businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic Visit Gov.ie
- COVID-19 Shopping Centre Recovery & Protection Guide
- NSAI-Retail Protection & Improvement Guide Here
- Guidelines for opening Restaurants & Cafes Here
The Return to Work Safely Protocol,
is the result of a collaborative effort by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Download Report
Anglo Printers Covid-19 Safety Signage Brochure & Pricing
* Also making face shields *
The Impact of COVID-19 on Global and EU Trade -The Chief Economist Team published a report.
Some of the key findings include:
9.7% decrease in global trade for 2020
9.2% reduction in extra-EU27 exports of goods and services in 2020
8.7% decrease in extra-EU27 imports 2020
Further information https://www.droghedachamber.ie/blog/covid-19-roadmap-for-reopening-society-busines
Financial Planning - LHK Insurance April 30th
Worldwide Health Organisation Survey here.
Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme - Employer Eligibility Updated
Resources for Businesses
COVID-19 Through our affiliation with Chambers Ireland, we have been in regular contact with the various government departments and we will continue to relay important notices and updates to members via email and across our Social Media Platforms. https://www.chambers.ie/media/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-business/
WATCH: A ‘How-To’ video on how to shop safely under new public health advice