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Business Continuity Voucher

LEO Business Continuity Voucher

Waterford Chamber has teamed up with Waterford Local Enterprise Office to assist you directly in getting access to free €2,500 worth of professional consultations through the Business Continuity Voucher.

This is free money to help you plan to save, stabilise and grow your business at this difficult time. There are no catches, no repayments, and no match-funding. The money is there to help you explore new angles to keep your business trading (e.g. Financial Planning, Expert HR Advice, Marketing Advice, ICT Advice, Futuristic Retail Mentoring, LEAN Advice etc)

The best part is that we can now do the paperwork for you and get you access to some of the best consultants in the business.

Both Gerald Hurley and Lynda Lawton will be working with companies to complete the paperwork to ensure your application is approved and we will work with you right through to completion.

Feel free to get in touch with Gerald or Lynda as follows:

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Below are some additional details on the Business Continuity Voucher and we would encourage you to give it serious consideration.

We’re on hand to talk you through the process and get you access to this free advice as quickly as possible.

Business Continuity Voucher

Sole traders and businesses*, employing up to 50 staff, are eligible to apply for a Business Continuity Voucher to the value of €2,500 towards third party consultancy costs to assist with developing short-term and long-term strategies to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the voucher is to provide contingency planning advice to assist enterprises to continue trading through the crisis.

The primary aim of the scheme will be to support companies make informed decisions on the immediate measures needed to continue trading in the current environment while securing the safety of all employees and future business viability through identification of remedial actions.

The Business Continuity Voucher is available to support businesses:

  • Develop a business continuity plan
  • Assess current financial needs in the short term to medium term
  • Reduce variable costs, overheads and expenses
  • Review and explore supply chain financing options
  • Implement remote working processes or procedures
  • Leverage HR expertise
  • Leverage ICT expertise
  • Prepare a business case for application to emergency financial interventions available through Banks, SBCI (Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland) and Microfinance Ireland.

* Please note: The Business Continuity Voucher is available to all businesses employing up to 50 across all sectors. The applicant must be an Irish-owned enterprise with up to 50 employees. An application must be submitted in the name of a company registered with the Companies Registration Office and incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application. Applications will also be accepted from Sole Traders and Partnerships.

 

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