By Emma Hickey
Nine businesses in Meath have been approved for grants between €10,000 and €64,000 under the Online Retail Scheme (ORS).
In total, 216 companies across the country were approved for funding of almost €9.3 million to be distributed by Enterprise Ireland, to help with their online presence to best attract more business and better opportunities.
“Such diversification is an important part of future-proofing a business as it allows retailers to explore new opportunities and reach new customers, both domestically and internationally,” Minister of State for Business, Damien English said.
“Through the Online Retail Scheme, we are enabling established retailers with a physical store the chance to compete for online sales that are currently going to businesses based outside the country,” English continued.
The businesses in Meath set to receive grants to enhance their online platforms are Choice Stores, Flowerhill Furniture, Jenny’s Boutique, Geoghegans Of Navan, Hugh Maguire Butchers, Kilquade Patio Centre Ltd., Fairyhouse Motors, The 1933 Furniture Company, Topline Murtaghs, and Bergin’s Family Butchers.
“By improving our online retail offering, not only will it enable us to strengthen our resilience and enhance the experience for our existing valued customers, but it will also support us to widen our customer base and reach new markets,” Owner of Flowerhill Furniture, Niamh McMahon said.
The ORS is limited to retailers with at least one physical store and some form of online presence already, and has granted over €28.3 million in funding to over 700 Irish retailers since the scheme began in 2018.