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New Support Services for Businesses during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Date: 24 April 2020.

Green Party Business spokesperson, Steven Matthews, has encouraged local businesses, struggling through the Covid-19 crisis, to engage with new support services.

Following a number of queries from local business owners operating in his constituency, Business spokesperson Steven Matthews said: "The COVID-19 crisis is an extremely challenging time for business owners across the country. In many cases it has required innovation and changes to practices virtually overnight.

I would particularly like to commend businesses, both big and small, that have assisted the country in our fight against COVID-19. News of distilleries switching to the production of hand sanitiser, restaurants providing free meals for front line workers and companies adapting production to focus on testing equipment for hospitals is extremely welcome.

I know, from speaking with local business owners, that some are struggling to adapt to the rapid change brought about by the Covid-19 crisis. One of the measures announced was the Business Continuity Voucher run through the Local Enterprise Office. The voucher is worth up to €2,500 and can be used to pay for consultants who will offer expert advice in various areas that will assist businesses through this difficult time.

It is incredibly important that the Government continues to engage with the business community so that as many businesses as possible are in a position to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.



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