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‘Phenomenal’ increase in Clare businesses getting ready to retail online

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The amount of Clare businesses preparing to trade online has been described as “phenomenal”.

Following an unprecedented seven months for businesses, a surge in the amount of personnel availing of training from the Clare Local Enterprise Office (LEO) to gain an insight in trading online has been noted.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Clare County Council Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), Head of Enterprise with Clare LEO, Padraic McElwee confirmed that €1.4m in COVID supports had been issued by the LEO.

397 applicants for the business continuity voucher had been approved totalling at €679,000, this sees businesses avail of expert advice to improve their product.

Demand for the trading online voucher from Clare LEO has been “phenomenally successful,” he admitted. 223 applicants have been approved working out at €558,000. “In a normal year we would approve between thirty to thirty two businesses”.

Training programmes run by the LEO are booked out until November with 1,815 participants signing up. 302 businesses in the county have been assisted through mentoring supports with a total fund of €105,000 for that.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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