€2.3m in funding to boost Irish retailers’ online presence

98 retailers across Ireland to receive €2.3m in grants through the Online Retail Scheme.

Almost 100 retailers have been approved for funding under the Online Retail Scheme (ORS).

This latest call under the Scheme sees 98 retailers across all regions approved for funding of €2.3m, with 79% of successful companies based outside of Dublin.

“Moving online is a complement, rather than a replacement to physical stores”

The businesses will receive grants ranging from a minimum of €10,000 to a maximum of €25,000, with nearly half (46%) of all successful applicants benefitting for the first time.

Online capabilities

The Scheme, which is administered by Enterprise Ireland, was open to retailers who already have an online presence and a physical store, to help enhance their online capability and attract new customers.

“I want to congratulate the 98 retailers across Ireland who will benefit from this funding,” said Neale Richmond, TD, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. “Retailers are at the heart of our communities across the country and the Government is delighted to support them in their transition to online retail.

“An online presence allows retailers to improve their service for existing customers, attract new customers at home and abroad, as well as future-proof their operations. Moving online is a complement, rather than a replacement to physical stores. Through the Online Retail Scheme, we are enabling established retailers with a store to expand their market presence beyond their community, and even the country, with an increased online presence.

“It is great to see a geographical spread of successful retail companies from around the country under this round of the Scheme, with 77 successful applications from the regions and 21 businesses based in Dublin.”

Including the latest cohort of successful applicants, since 2018 more than 850 projects from retailers based in Ireland have been approved for €30.7m in funding through the Government’s Online Retail Scheme.

“Innovative Irish retailers are increasingly looking for ways to adapt their traditional retail model to reflect the growing demand for online shopping from consumers and this latest funding round will help 98 retailers in that ambition,” explained Teri Smith, manager of Retail, Consumer and Online at Enterprise Ireland.

“In this funding call we specifically sought applications from businesses which hadn’t previously benefitted from the Scheme, and we’re delighted that a large number of first-time applicants engaged with the Scheme this year.”

Recipients from this latest call are located throughout Ireland and are from a number of Retail sectors, including hardware, pharmacy, clothing, and furniture. 

“As an Irish-owned and operated business we are delighted to receive this financial support to help us grow our digital presence and increase online sales opportunity,” said James Donlon, general manager of Gino’s Gelato who hosted Minister Richmond at its outlet in Dundrum Town Centre.

“Having recently celebrated 15 years in business we see a huge change in the retail landscape and have worked hard to establish a trusted, quality physical brand among our consumers across Ireland.  We are excited to grow the Gino’s Gelato brand further into the digital space.

“We’re looking forward to begin the next phase of our online growth and the Online Retail Scheme will certainly assist us with that ambition into 2024,” Donlon said.

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Minister Neale Richmond, TD, with Teri Smith of Enterprise Ireland and Bhagyesh Shingwekar of Gino’s Gelato

Registered Company Name Trading Name County
Acled Ltd. Gray’s Total Health Pharmacy Limerick
Adlemi Ltd. Paco Clothing Cork
Ardcarne Garden Centre (Boyle) Ltd.   Roscommon
ASOC Innovation Ltd. Ayu Cosmetics Kildare
Ballybofey Autofactors Ltd. Tool Force Donegal
Ballygarvan Nurseries Ltd. The Pavilion Cork
Beauty Savers International Ltd. Salon Savers Dublin
Bodyfirst Nutrition Ltd   Dublin
Born Clothing Ltd.   Galway
Bradley (Supermarket) Ltd Bradleys Specialist Off-Licence & Foodstore Cork
Brian James Ltd Brian James Kerry
Bushgrove Ltd EuroGiant Dublin
Byron Distributors Ltd. Paul Byron Shoes Roscommon
Cal Flavin Ltd. Cal Flavin’s Cork
Cashel Pharmacy Ltd. O Dwyers Pharmacy Tipperary
Castleblayney Plant Hire Ltd. Monaghan Hire Monaghan
CH Chemists (Tralee) Ltd. CH Tralee Kerry
Chapter and Verse Books Ltd. The Book Haven Meath
Cherish Clothing Ltd. Love Cherish Cork
Cliffords Fireplaces Ltd. Cliffords Fireplaces Dublin
Cobbley Ltd. Jono’s House & Home Monaghan
Cordners Shoes Ltd. Cordners Shoes Sligo
CTI Business Solutions Ltd.   Louth
Cunniffe Electric Ltd.   Galway
DAGG Procurement Ltd. Johnstons Pharmacy Longford
Danielle Creations Ltd. Grove Home Offaly
David Lally Service Centre Ltd. Lallys Electrical Louth
Davmo Ltd. Quadfactors Meath
DBDC Nine Ltd. Pure Pharmacy Foxrock Dublin
Dec’s Pets Ltd   Wexford
Delforno Ltd. Delforno Tiles, Timber & Bathrooms Cork
Derek Eakin Ltd. Del Workwear Cavan
Easilocks Human Hair Extensions Ltd   Dublin
EEC Hardware Ltd. EEC Hardware Homevalue Dublin
Farmstay Ltd. Borderland Donegal
Finucane Electrical Appliances Ltd   Limerick
Freezer Queen Ltd. Redmond Electric Wexford
Ganly’s Hardware & Heating Ltd.   Roscommon
Gerry Matthews Engineering Ltd. Toolfix Louth
Gino’s Italian Ltd. Gino’s Gelato Wicklow
Healthplus Ltd, Walsh’s Pharmacy Galway
Hillcastle Sales Ltd. The Gift and Art Gallery Louth
Inishowen Co-Operative Society Ltd.   Donegal
Irelands Eye Seafoods Ltd Wrights of Howth Dublin
J&S Pringle Opticians Ltd. Mullingar and Enfield Advanced Eyecare Westmeath
JJ Dwyer Electrical Ltd.   Cork
John Casey Ltd. Caseys Furniture Cork
John P Hopkins & Sons Ltd. Hopkins Toymaster Wicklow
Joseph Hanley Ltd. Hanley & Co Galway
JPD Pharmacy Ltd. Dolans Pharmacy Monaghan
K&S Industrial Supplies Ltd. The Safety Superstore Dublin
Kennys Bookshop & Art Galleries (Holdings) Ltd. Kennys Bookshop & Art Galleries Galway
KK Interiors Ltd. Kavanagh’s Dublin
M & G Walshpharm Hacketstown Ltd.   Carlow
Maddens of Lerhin Ltd.   Galway
Marcelino Ltd. McArdle Computer & Office Supplies Monaghan
Matthew Stephen Jewellers Ltd. Matthew Stephens Jewellers Limerick
Michael Beatty & Co Ltd. Beattys of Loughrea Galway
Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Ltd. Michael Murphy Sports Donegal
Midland Hardware Ltd.   Laois
Milseogra & Bacus Ui Dhonnchadha Teo O’ Donoghues Bakery Mayo
Milltown Pharmacy Ltd. WonderCare Dublin
Murray Auto Services Ltd Murray Motorsport Dublin
Musicmaker Ltd. Musicmaker Dublin
Nadnaveigh Holdings Ltd. Kingsize Big and Tall, www.kingsize.ie Roscommon
Natural Health Store Kilkenny Ltd.   Kilkenny
Nioclas O Conchubhair Teo   Galway
O Crualaoi Feoil Teo   Cork
O’Leary Opticians Ltd. Mairead O’Leary Opticians Dublin
One Stop Motorshop Ltd.   Donegal
Oriental and Modern Ltd. Rugs.ie Cork
Over and Under Ltd. Wildhunter Retail Westmeath
Paltel Ltd. Irwin’s Megavision Waterford
Patrick Rogers Ltd. Topline Rogers Sligo
Patsy Boyle Ltd. Boyle For Men Cavan
Pet Food Depot Ltd. Pet Food Depot Dublin
Phelans Shoes (Waterford) Ltd. The Shoe Parlour By Phelans Shoes Waterford
Polka Dots & Pinstripes Ltd. Ruby Rouge Wexford
Records & Discs Ltd. Tower Records Dublin
Rm Unique Flooring Ltd. RM Unique Flooring Dublin
Ryan’s Midland Books Ltd. The Learning Lab Offaly
Sam McCauley Pharmacy Ltd. McCauley Dublin
Sheahans Hardware Ltd. Sheahans Homevalue Hardware Tipperary
South Link Road Pharmacy Limited Phelans Midnight Pharmacy and Mobility Supplies Cork
Standun Teoranta Standun Galway
Stephen Faller (1879) Ltd. Fallers. Jewellers since 1879 Galway
Sweeney Plumbing & Hardware Ltd   Donegal
Ted Brennan Motors Ltd. Ted4Parts Monaghan
The Celtic Whiskey Shop Ltd.   Dublin
The Parcel Concierge Ltd.   Meath
Thomas Archer (Ballina) Ltd Archers Mayo
Thornhill Brothers Hardware Ltd.   Cork
Toss Bryan Ltd. Toss Bryan Cork
Tranio Investments Ltd. Soundstore Cork
Trueblue eCommerce Ltd. GetTech Cork
Tullys Pharmacy Castlerea Ltd Tullys Total health Pharmacy Roscommon
Valedown Ltd. Dublin2Bike Dublin
Watson Clarke Hire Ltd. Watson Hire Dublin
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