New funding will support small businesses in Kilkenny city and county – Minister Phelan

Brian Keyes

Reporter:

Brian Keyes

Minister John Paul Phelan

Minister John Paul Phelan

New funding has been announced to help small businesses across Kilkenny city and county to develop their online capabilities, Fine Gael Junior Minister, John Paul Phelan, has confirmed.

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment backed Trading Online Voucher Scheme (TOVS)  will support small/micro businesses throughout the county in developing their ecommerce capabilities through the provision of training, advice and grant assistance of up to €2,500, subject to match funding.

“The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is essential to helping small business across Kilkenny adapt to the changes and increase further productive growth and job creation. In 2018, the government supported 39 local businesses here in Kilkenny with funding as part of the Scheme.

“Fine Gael in government will continue developing commerce and job creation, both nationally and regionally.”

Minister Richard Bruton said: “There is a digital revolution taking place which is transforming how businesses are interacting with their customers. We must support small businesses in keeping pace with this rapidly changing environment.

“Irish consumers spent approximately €7.8bn online in 2018, with this figure expected to exceed €10bn by 2020. It is of critical importance that small Irish businesses are well positioned to take a share of this market.

 “The Trading Online Voucher Scheme provides much needed support in this regard and I am delighted that at least 3,000 small businesses will avail of it in 2019.”

Since launching in 2014, over 5,000 businesses have been granted funding and 12,000 supported with training through the scheme.