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Clare LEO launch voucher scheme to help businesses deal with pandemic

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CLARE Local Enterprse Office have launched a new scheme worth €2,500 to help businesses respond to the Covid19 crisis.

The Business Continuity Voucher is now available through Local Enterprise Offices and is open to sole traders, partnerships and companies across eligible business sectors that employ up to 50 people.

The voucher is worth up to €2,500 in third party consultancy costs and can be used by businesses to develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The goal is to help business owners make informed decisions about what immediate measures and remedial actions should be taken, to protect staff and sales,” a spokesperson for Clare LEO said.

In order to apply, businesses fill out a short application form and submit it directly to Local Enterprise Office Clare by e-mail.

When a business is issued with a voucher for third party consultancy, they begin working directly with a qualified expert, selected from existing Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland panels.

The primary aim of the scheme will be to support businesses 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.

Application forms are available from and completed forms are submitted to Local Enterprise Office Clare by email.

Closing date for applications is Friday 15th May 2020.

Details of other business supports available from the Department of Enterprise, Business and Innovation can be found at

“This is very much an evolving situation and as we become aware of more information, we will update via our various social media platforms and via our website. Please monitor same to stay informed,” the spokesperson added.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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