A State agency has warned all small and medium-sized Gaeltacht businesses that they immediately implement appropriate steps in response to the challenges caused by Brexit and Covid-19 restrictions.
In addition to the support provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta to Gaeltacht companies in this context, it has set out a range of practical supports for Gaeltacht companies as the Brexit deadline approaches.
Supports available to companies include:
With under 45 days left until Brexit - it is important that companies take practical steps in order to mitigate, as far as possible, the impact of Brexit on their businesses. Companies throughout the country have faced extremely difficult periods over the past few months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
In order to provide suitable and appropriate advice to businesses, a webinar series with well-known business experts has been organised by Údarás na Gaeltachta to assist with sustaining Gaeltacht business in a time of crisis.
The webinar series entitled Doing business in a time of Crisis, with industry experts, will focus on the following topics
· Seminar 1 - Sustain your business - the basic steps which you should return to in order to avoid or minimise challenges and it will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 between 10am-11am
· Seminar 2 - Regenerate your business - how to innovate and diversify to discover new markets and this seminar takes place on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 between 10am and 11am.
Scale your business - how to explore exports and different aspects of international markets and this seminar takes place on Tuesday, December 8 between 10am-11am
Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved €3.35m in essential Covid-19 supports to Gaeltacht businesses as they address the difficulties created by the pandemic.
Over 410 Gaeltacht companies have benefitted to date from Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Covid-19 support schemes to assist them with the ongoing funding of their businesses, implement financial planning and how best to use online global sales markets.
Údarás na Gaeltachta, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, has approved up to €2.35m in support to Gaeltacht companies as they undertake financial planning and while also providing sustaining enterprise funds. Just over €1m was approved in financial assistance to 413 Gaeltacht businesses in the past few months through the Online Trading Voucher Scheme and the COVID-19 Business Continuity Vouchers Scheme.
Funding for both these schemes were provided for from funds from Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Department Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.
Chief Executive, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, said:“Arising from the result of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum and the ongoing uncertainty of what form the eventual exit will take, Údarás na Gaeltachta has been in ongoing contact with client companies throughout the various Gaeltacht areas in this regard and has been placing particular focus on those companies with the greatest potential vulnerability to Brexit.
Brexit has posed a particular challenge to smaller Gaeltacht companies which have also had to focus on the difficulties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic since earlier this year. Údarás na Gaeltachta will continue to work in close partnership with Gaeltacht companies to address the challenges posed by Brexit and to ensure that they are prepared as well as possible for the eventual outcome. We will continue to work in close cooperation with all relevant agencies and Government Departments as part of a coordinated approach to this issue.”
Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Board Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair said:"No other generation of Gaeltacht business people have had to struggle with the challenges faced by Gaeltacht companies over the past year as this generation.
"With the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit and other international geopolitical changes Gaeltacht companies have shown great resilience to remain in business and address challenges head on. The State needs to ensure that the appropriate and sufficient supports are available in order for Gaeltacht businesses to recover, and it has been proven previously that the State receives a substantial repayment on such investments.
"A hugely significant €3.35m of essential support has been approved for Gaeltacht companies by Údarás na Gaeltachta itself and in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland. The Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta will continue to work alongside the organisation’s executive and the Department Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to ensure that the case of Gaeltacht companies continues to be made on a national basis and we are grateful for the resources made available to Gaeltacht companies as they address the forthcoming challenges."
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