Businesses must avail of 90% grant to save Christmas
Denis Naughten TD, Chair of the Dáil Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands, is urging local businesses to promote click & collect services, which will allow them to continue to sell everything from clothes to Christmas trees during the Level 5 lockdown.
“While I fully accept there is frustration among the public due to the fact that you can buy beer but not a babygro during the present lockdown, there is an alternative avenue available to which many local businesses can easily adapt,” said Denis Naughten.
He went on to point out that under the Government guidelines on essential retail outlets it states that the exemption also applies to “any other retail outlet that operates an online or other remote system of ordering goods for purposes of collection at the retail outlet”.
“The click and collect option is a proposal that I have been promoting with businesses for some time as it not only allows them to retain customers during the Level 5 lockdown, but also allows vulnerable customers to avoid crowds in shops on the tight run in to Christmas this December,” stated Denis Naughten.
“This is the most important time of the year for many small businesses as the festive season approaches and this could be the lifeline that many of those businesses need, be it click and collect or even a call and collect service.
“During Covid-19 offering a click and collect service will help businesses to appeal to those who wish to continue to shop local.
“And Government is providing a 90% grant of up to €2,500, along with training and advice, to help businesses to drive online sales through their website and to promote their click and collect service”.
In addition, businesses which previously received support under the scheme can now apply for a second voucher, where upgrades are required – such as adding a click and collect service to a website.
“Many people want to support their local shop but with such a potentially tight window to shop locally during the month of December, people will turn to online sales. It is now important that we encourage them to shop local on the internet as well.
“With the busiest time of year looming for retailers now is the time to get businesses online or to introduce a click and collect service,” added Denis Naughten.
Details of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, as well as other supports for businesses, are available from the Local Enterprise Office at https://www.localenterprise.ie/Find-Your-Local-Enterprise-Office/
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A Bell & Howell study found that 49% of consumers were likely to purchase an additional item when picking up their online order. More details: https://www.2flow.ie/news-and-blog/what-is-click-and-collect
Government list of essential retail outlets at Level 5: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/60ecc-essential-retail-outlets-for-level-5/
- Any other retail outlet that operates an online or other remote system of ordering goods for purposes of collection at the retail outlet.