Thomas McEvoy of the Louth Local Enterprise Office.
As the economy gears up for a phased re-opening, the team at the Louth Local Enterprise Office (LEO) have a range of supports available to help local businesses get up and running again.
“Re-opening your business after months of restrictions is not as simple as just turning the key and switching on the lights” said Louth County Council’s Head of Enterprise Thomas McEvoy.
“Our Mentors can provide you with valuable advice on COVID Health and Safety, Re-Hiring Staff, Cashflow, Re-Stocking and more.
“Mentoring is a great way to access expert advice and talk through the issues your business is facing.
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“To apply for mentoring or our Business Advice Clinics, simply visit www.localenterprise.ie/louth where you’ll find the link to apply. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org to request mentoring sessions which are free of charge.”
The Local Enterprise Office website, features links to a range of workshops including digital marketing, trading online and preparing for customs.
“Cashflow will be an issue for many businesses in the aftermath of the recent restrictions” McEvoy continues.
“Microfinance Ireland may be able to assist with a low interest loan for your restart. Local Enterprise Office Louth can help with your application and LEO clients also benefit from a further 1% discount on the standard interest rate. Email email@example.com to sign up for our free Financial Advice Clinic to find out more.”
The physical doors may be open but Thomas warns against neglecting the company website.
“Bricks and Clicks are the ideal combination” Thomas says. An excellent in-store offering coupled with a user-friendly online experience. But this does require time, attention and expertise.
“Remember that LEO Louth can support you with a Trading Online Voucher (TOV) to help your business develop it’s e-commerce capability. If you have already had a TOV, you can apply for a second TOV to develop a new e-commerce element to your business. And our digital marketing workshops will help you use social media effectively to reach your audience. ”
“I and the team at the Local Enterprise Office are here to help and support your business to survive and to thrive. It’s an exciting time for businesses as they re-open but we know that it’s not without challenges. Whatever stage your business is at, your Local Enterprise Office has a support available to suit you. Visit localenterprise.ie/louth to explore the full range of supports and to get in touch!”
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