DBI’s Government recommendations aim to help businesses retain as many employees as possible and to secure cashflow and sales at this uncertain time.
Digital Business Ireland (DBI) has today, submitted a number of recommendations to the Minister for Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment, Richard Bruton TD to aid businesses operate online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DBI Chief Executive, Lorraine Higgins, said “Never before has the need for digital business been more acute. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is engulfing our world, has brought to the fore the pressing need for an omnichannel, bricks and clicks approach to business. Consequently, supports for this integrated business model must become an elevated priority in policy-makers minds in order to offset the worst excesses of business disruption that we have seen in recent weeks”.
“DBI’s objective at this time is to formulate proposals to keep businesses open, maintain cashflow, sales and jobs. Therefore, the measures put forward should be carefully considered to assist businesses without full online capacity to rebuild, plan and sustain their business offering”.
“The measures we are asking government to introduce range from grant funding to ensure click-and-collect capability, the development of Digital Clusters through the Local Enterprise Office network to 100% funding for businesses looking to avail of the Digital trading Online Voucher. DBI stands ready to help its members offset the worst impacts of the coronavirus and will continue to act constructively and develop further proposals for the betterment of our economy and people in the challenging months ahead”.