The following are links to useful information during these unprecedented times:
Currently Fáilte Ireland is working with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to put in place a package of supports for the industry. Fáilte Ireland has created a new page on their website to provide industry advice on Covid 19 at this link
Fáilte Ireland have created a Industry FAQ’s document you can download it here.
For detailed instructions on operational guidelines within the industry click here.
Support Hub: Managing business in unprecedented times. In response to the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it is having on the tourism sector, we are targeting our business supports to respond to the most urgent challenges and threats tourism businesses are now facing. All of these supports can be accessed here.
There will be weekly bulletins on consumer sentiment and behaviour, industry insights, and the international impact of COVID-19. This information will be collated from our ongoing engagement with the COVID-19 Tourism Industry Advisory Group and uploaded here every Tuesday. Click here
We urge all businesses to read the guidelines and information set out by the HSE on how you can protect yourself and others. Click Here
Posters and signs for your premises
More posters, leaflets and social media assets are available on HSE posters and resources.
MicroFinance Ireland loans are being promoted as a key support for micro-enterprises. Important changes are being made to the MicroFinance Ireland supports for microenterprises. The maximum loan available from MicroFinance Ireland will be increased from €25,000 to €50,000 as an immediate measure to specifically deal with the impacts of COVID – 19 on micro-enterprises (sole traders and firms with up to 10 employees). Applications can be made through the MFI website https://microfinanceireland.ie/ or through the local LEO. Loans are repayable over 3 years.
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation announced a number of supports for businesses facing challenges being presented by the current Covid-19 situation. The Credit Guarantee Scheme is in place and available now to SMEs subject to the relevant terms and conditions. Separately the SBCI is currently working to finalise the terms and conditions of the SBCI COVID19 Working Capital Scheme and the eligibility application process for this. The SBCI website will be updated as soon as these are finalised. Click here
Covid-19 Working Capital Loan Scheme
The scheme is open for Eligibility Applications from the 23rd of March 2020, with the AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank opening for credit applications when eligibility letters are issued. Full details of the Covid-19 Working Capital Loan Scheme are available here,
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
If you are self-employed and your business has reduced significantly or closed, you can apply for Jobseeker’s Benefit (Self-Employed).
Get all the details on how you can apply for Jobseeker’s Payments here:
If you have concerns about your ability to pay your tax liabilities speak to the Revenue Commissioners, who have advised:
“On an on-going basis, Revenue engages with viable businesses experiencing temporary cash flow or trading difficulties that affect the timely payment of tax. Revenue works very successfully with businesses that engage early to resolve their tax payment difficulties. Revenue will engage with any viable business thatexperiences temporary cashflow difficulties, including difficulties arising from exceptional circumstances such as the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.” See www.revenue.ie.
Revenue has also posted advice for businesses experiencing trading difficulties as a result of COVID-19. This includes information on tax returns, the application of late payment interest, debt enforcement, tax clearance and customs.
Support for businesses impacted by COVID 19 through commercial rates deferral
Any commercial ratepayers that have had to temporarily close or significantly curtail operations during the COVID-19 response period should contact their local authority immediately in relation to any rates payments falling due in the period to end-May. Find out more information here Support for businesses impacted by COVID-19 through commercial rates deferral