€5m in grants to retail sector through Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme

133 retailers across Ireland will receive funding via the scheme which aims to drive Irish retailers’ online sales at home and abroad.

Enterprise Ireland has provided €5m in grants to 133 Irish retailers under the Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme.

More than two-thirds (68pc) of successful applicants are located outside Dublin. Some 292 businesses applied for the scheme.

“Ultimately, retailers who are investing in their online presence will be more resilient and better able to take advantage of evolving market opportunities”

The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme is targeted at retailers who already have an online presence to strengthen their online offering and enable them to reach a wider customer base.

Exploring e-commerce

Pictured at Geoghegans department store in Navan are Ross O’Colmain, Department Manager, Enterprise Ireland, Minister Damien English, Siobhan Geoghegan, Managing Director, Geoghegans of Navan and Derbhil Geoghegan, Director, Geoghegans of Navan. Photo: Maxwells

“We are excited to continue building on our digital offering to further complement and evolve the business in the future”

“We know that consumers are keen to support their local retailers when shopping instore and online, and these grants will help businesses to really maximise the opportunities in the e-commerce market,” said Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Damien English, TD.

“Of course, this market is not limited by geography and we know that ambitious Irish businesses with strong online resources also have their eyes on selling to customers right across the globe.

“The economic value of operating in the ecommerce space and its convenience for customers has come to the fore since the onset of Covid-19 and the Online Retail Scheme will help companies improve and maximise their digital sales potential.

Under this Covid-19 competitive call, the successful applicants will receive funding ranging from €14,080 to €40,000 to strengthen their online offering. The average grant value is €37,500 and covers up to 80pc of project costs.

“The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme continues to attract a large volume of applications from retailers and it’s clear that Irish businesses are keenly aware of the growing e-commerce opportunities both at home and abroad for online retail,” said Ross O’Colmain, Department Manager, Construction, Timber, Cleantech and Consumer, Enterprise Ireland. “Enterprise Ireland is committed to increasing the capability of Irish enterprises to increase their export sales.  

“Whether new to e-commerce or already operating a transactional website this scheme aims to facilitate a step change for each of the successful applicants in the operation of an efficient online sales platform that complements their physical stores.”

He added: “Ultimately, retailers who are investing in their online presence will be more resilient and better able to take advantage of evolving market opportunities.”

The Online Retail Scheme was open to Irish-based retailers with a physical store and a pre-existing online presence who employ 10 or more people.  In addition, the scheme focuses on retailers predominantly selling products to individual consumers as opposed to those selling mainly to business customers. Grants can be used to fund fees for service providers, develop and implement a digital strategy supported by in-house training and enhance the retailer’s website.

The scheme is complementary to the Trading Online Voucher Scheme by the Local Enterprise Offices that offers funding of €2,500 to businesses of up to 10 employees.

The 133 retailers awarded funding, operate across a broad spectrum of sectors including jewellery, fashion, sports, homeware and furniture, healthcare, electrical goods and equipment.

One example of a retailer who has used the scheme is Siobhan Geoghegan, managing director of Geoghegan’s department store in Navan, Co Meath.

“The pandemic has highlighted the importance of a strong online presence for our business and this scheme has enabled us to accelerate our online plans, allowing us to bring our excellent customer service from 70 years of retail experience online. We are excited to continue building on our digital offering to further complement and evolve the business in the future.”

Main image at top: Pictured at Geoghegans department store in Navan are Minister Damien English, Siobhan Geoghegan, Managing Director, Geoghegans of Navan, Larry Geoghegan, Director, Geoghegans of Navan, Derbhil Geoghegan, Director, Geoghegans of Navan and Ross O’Colmain, Department Manager, Enterprise Ireland. Photo: Maxwells

List of 133 approved companies under Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme:

  Company Name Trading As  County
1 Agri-Auto Parts (Kerry) Ltd   Kerry
2 Aidan Clarke And Company Ltd   Cavan
3 Aines Boutique Ltd   Longford
4 Anjnj Ltd ITSTAR Dublin
5 Anthony Nicholas Ltd Fields Retail Ltd Dublin
6 Ar Pharmacies Ltd Crowley’s Pharmacy Cork
7 Ardkeen Superstores Ltd Ardkeen Quality Food Store Waterford
8 Ard-Ri Marble Mantelpieces Ltd Fitzgibbon Interiors Kerry
9 Aurivo Co-Operative Society Ltd Homeland Retail Stores Sligo
10 Avondale Landscapes Ltd   Wicklow
11 Badger Home Furnishings Ltd MacCarthy Interiors Cork
12 Ballinlough O’Sullivans Pharmacy Ltd O’Sullivans Pharmacy Cork
13 Ballybofey Autofactors Ltd   Donegal
14 Bellababy Ltd Bella Baby Ltd Galway
15 Best Unltd Company BEST MENSWEAR Dublin
16 Boles Of Boyle Ltd   Roscommon
17 Brian De Staic Teoranta Brian de Staic Jewellers Kerry
18 Brightsont Ltd Discount Supplements Wicklow
19 Brockvale Ltd Stephen Street News / CraftCentral.ie Dublin
20 Byron Distributors Ltd Paul Byron Shoes Roscommon
21 Cara Pharmacy Unltd Company   Donegal
22 Conways Sligo Bookshop Ltd “Eason Sligo”, “The Hobby Shop” and “Sligo Schoolbooks” Sligo
23 Deerhaven Jervis Ltd Fun Place Dublin
24 Dermot Kehoe Supply & D.I.Y. Ltd   Wexford
25 Designer Exchange Ltd   Dublin
26 Designist Innovators Ltd Designist Dublin
27 Desino Ltd Jenny’s Boutique Meath
28 Drumrahan Retail Ltd Agri Direct Cavan
29 Evergreen Healthfoods Ltd   Galway
30 Fagan Office Supplies Ltd Fagans Mullingar Westmeath
31 Fallon & Byrne Ltd   Dublin
32 Fernhill Garden Centre Ltd   Westmeath
33 Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy Ltd   Wicklow
34 Flanagans Interiors Ltd FlanaganKerins Wicklow
35 Furbo Sandfield Ltd McCambridge’s of Galway Galway
36 Geoghegans Navan Ltd   Meath
37 Gerry Matthews Engineering Ltd Toolfix Louth
38 Graham Shoes Ltd   Dublin
39 Greenacres (Wexford) Ltd Green Acres Wexford
40 Greenaer Mobility Ltd   Dublin
41 Greenes Hardware & Farm Supplies Ltd   Galway
42 Greggs Ltd Card Gallery Dublin
43 Gym Plus Coffee Ltd   Dublin
44 H P Corrigan Ltd Corrigan’s Pharmacy Dublin
45 Heavins Hardware Centre Ltd   Westmeath
46 Heels and Wardrobe Ltd Wardrobe Plus Wicklow
47 Hores Stores Ltd   Wexford
48 Horkans Garden Centre Ltd   Mayo
49 J. Mckenna Ltd   Kerry
50 J.R.G. Investment Company Ltd Galvin For Men Westmeath
51 Janet Dillon Pharmacy Ltd   Dublin
52 Jenhel Retail Company Ltd The Baby Shop Cork
53 Joe Simon Building Supplies Ltd Joe Simon Home Garden & Build and Expert Electrical Roscommon
54 John Mcelhinney Unltd Company McElhinney’s Donegal
55 Juvi Ltd   Dublin
56 K & K Windows Ltd   Wexford
57 K.K. Interiors Ltd Kavanagh’s Dublin
58 Kilquade Patio Centre Ltd   Meath
59 Kjt Motors Ltd Fairyhouse Motors Meath
60 Lampai An Daingean Teoranta Louis Mulcahy Pottery Kerry
61 Lusk Motor Factors Ltd SMF Dublin
62 M & G Walshpharm Hacketstown Ltd   Carlow
63 Mangan Pharmacies Ltd Mangan Pharmacy Kildare
64 Manstelt Ltd McGreals Wicklow
65 Marella Fashions Ltd Ela Maria Limerick
66 Matthew Britton Carpets Ltd   Wicklow
67 Mc Laughlin Motor Factors Ltd   Donegal
68 Mcdowells Jewellers Ltd   Dublin
69 Mcgregor Homefront Ltd   Cork
70 Mckenna Man Holdings Ltd McKenna Man Louth
71 Meagher’S Pharmacy Online Sales Ltd   Dublin
72 Medipharm Retail Holdings Ltd Medipharm Dublin
73 Meubles (Ireland) Ltd   Kilkenny
74 Midland Hardware Ltd   Laois
75 Mike Walsh Pharmacy Ltd   Cork
76 Milltown Pharmacy Ltd WonderBaba Dublin
77 Mitchell & Son, Wine Merchants, Ltd   Dublin
78 Mm Wellington Ltd Neville Jewellers Cork
79 Molloy Holdings Ltd Molloys Liquor Stores Dublin
80 Monica Tolan Beauty & Skincare Clinics Ltd   Dublin
81 Mulligans Chemist Ltd Mulligans Pharmacy Waterford
82 Murphy’s Ice Cream Ltd   Kerry
83 Murray and Son, Ltd   Cork
84 N & D Pharmacy Ltd True Pharmacy Dublin
85 National Tile Ltd   Louth
86 Navan Hire Hardware & Safety Training Ltd   Meath
87 Ncdc Pharmacy Ltd Glengarriff Pharmacy Cork
88 Noel Fay Fitted Furniture Ltd The Carpentry Store Kildare
89 O Coileáin Foods Company Ltd The Scarlet Heifer Dublin
90 O’ Reilly Mescall Ltd Reads Design & Print Dublin
91 O’Briens Wine Off-Licence Unltd Company   Dublin
92 O’Leary Opticians Ltd Mairead O’Leary Opticians Dublin
93 O’Meara’S Nursery & Garden Centre Ltd   Westmeath
94 Omg Entertainment Ltd   Galway
95 Orielglen Trading Ltd Arthur Mallon’s Food Hall Monaghan
96 Oyster Motors Ltd Jody’s Spar Craughwell Galway
97 Patrick J. Lavelle (Chemist) Ltd   Mayo
98 Pauls Ltd   Kilkenny
99 Perry Street Market Cafe Ltd   Cork
100 Pet Food Depot Ltd   Dublin
101 Petworld Stores (Letterkenny) Ltd   Donegal
102 Pharmadirect Distribution Ltd Pharmadirect.ie & Sheahan’s Pharmacy (Killarney) Kerry
103 Pixsavers Ltd   Kildare
104 Poleglen Ltd Rochford’s Pharmacy Clare
105 Polka Dots & Pinstripes Ltd Ruby Rouge Wexford
106 Preps 2007-1 Public Ltd Company   Dublin
107 Procrop Ireland Ltd HLS Meath
108 Project Tile Design Ltd Project Dublin
109 R. A. Tierney & Company Ltd Tierneys Gifts Dublin
110 Rolsford Ltd McSport Dublin
111 Rooms and Blooms Ltd   Wexford
112 Rosscarbery Pharmacy Ltd   Cork
113 Sana Digital Solutions Ltd Cottage Pharmacy Louth
114 Savins Music Centre Ltd   Limerick
115 Sayerscourt (Grafton Street) Ltd Health Matters Dublin
116 Seamus Quinn and Sons Ltd Adamsons Quinn Pharmacy Mayo
117 Spinnaker Marine Ltd Viking Marine Dublin
118 Spirit Clothing Ltd   Longford
119 Sundrive Pharmacy Ltd McSharrys Pharmacy Galway
120 The American Candle Company Ltd Yankee’s Galway
121 The County Boutique Unltd Company   Clare
122 The Cycle Superstore Ltd   Dublin
123 The General Health Food Store (Dublin) Ltd Nourish Dublin
124 The Hopsack Ltd   Dublin
125 Thomas Lenehan & Co., Ltd Lenehans Hardware Dublin
126 Tony Kealy Ltd   Dublin
127 Trant’S Pharmacy Ltd   Kerry
128 Tullys Pharmacy (Castlerea) Ltd Tullys Totalhealth Pharmacy Roscommon
129 Tynestyle Trading Ltd Here’s Health Cork
130 Vaughan Footwear Ltd Vaughan Shoes Mayo
131 Whelehans Wines Ltd   Dublin
132 Winelab Ltd   Kildare
133 Xmusic Ireland Ltd   Dublin

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 30 June 2021