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COVID 19 and Small Businesses - Updates from Kildare Head of Enterprise


With the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland, we are facing a challenge that is unprecedented in modern history. It is also fair to say, however, that we as a people are rising to that challenge and working together as we attempt to stem the worst of this crisis.

New supports are being announced regularly. To help you with some practicalities and to keep you informed of the evolving situation we will continue to provide updates.

In addition we will continue to provide a panel of experts to assist with all your queries at 045 980838 or via email at localenterprise@kildarecoco.ie

This too will pass ,Stay safe ,

Jacqui Mc Nabb Head of Enterprise Kildare County Council 

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Latest News

  • 24/06/2020

    Kildare Based Tech Startup Announces its launch into the USA ...

    Equine MediRecord solves a previously unmet need in the United States by allowing proper, timely recording of all regulatory medicines and vaccinations records administered to horses. ...

  • 23/06/2020

    County Kildare Businesses urged to apply for Restart Grant...

    Head of Enterprise Jacqui Mc Nabb has urged small and micro-businesses across County Kildare to apply for the new Restart Grant, which will give direct grant aid to assist with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures. ...

  • 17/06/2020

    Food Academy: APPLY NOW

    Apply before 26th June for Food Academy Start. Workshop style training designed to guide companies from start-up to their first retail sales with Supervalu and Bord Bia....

  • 16/06/2020

    Kildare-Based Company Global Leader in Equine Anti-doping...

    Department of Agriculture funded Veterinary Welfare Commission leads Irish Harness Racing industry to become world leader for horse welfare and anti-doping. ...

  • 15/06/2020

    Food Academy Now Looking for Kildare's New Wave of Producers...

    The programme, which is run by Local Enterprise Office Kildare in partnership with SuperValu and Bord Bia, is now open for applications until the 26th of June for its latest intake. ...

  • 15/06/2020

    The COVID Products Scheme - Announced by Minister Humphreys 4th June...

    Minister Humphreys Announces New Scheme Aimed at Supporting the Production of Covid-19 Related Products > The COVID Products Scheme will accelerate the production of vital medicines, potential vaccines and essential medical equipment. The scheme allows for grant aid of up to 50% of eligible capital investment....

  • 04/06/2020

    Introducing: Shop County Kildare!

    We want your business to be part of our new Kildare ecommerce website > Take your business online in 30 minutes and increase brand exposure!...

  • 03/06/2020

    Have you got #KildareGoodNews?

    The Covid-19 virus has certainly presented many of our Business clients and communities with serious challenges. However, sometimes with challenge comes opportunity, and as said by Winston Churchill, we must never waste a good crisis! We want to share these inspiring, uplifting, funny and happy news, photos, videos and more to spread some #KildareGoodNews ...

  • 26/05/2020


    Some of Kildare’s most innovative and entrepreneurial students will be eagerly logging online on 27th May for the National Final of the Student Enterprise Programme. For the first time since the programme began in 2003, the National Finals will take place online and Kildare will be represented by three students from Salesian College Celbridge....

  • 18/05/2020

    Notice for workers who may be returning to work on Monday 18 May -...

    *Close your Pandemic Unemployment Payment the day you return to work* The government has announced that the first phase of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business is due to commence on Monday 18 May....

  • 18/05/2020

    Restart Grant - New support for small businesses

    Applications for the RESTART Grant are made through the Kildare County Council and not the Local Enterprise Office. These will be available on the Kildare County Council website from Monday 25th May. ...

  • 13/05/2020

    Reopening your business after COVID-19 - Health & Safety Workshop...

    Ensure your business is equipped to adhere to health and safety requirements when reopening your business after COVID-19 lockdown....

  • 13/05/2020

    HR Specialist Consulting - Preparations to return to work ...

    Providing specialist HR advice, supporting Kildare businesses in their preparations to return to work on a phased basis. ...

  • 10/05/2020

    Return to Work Safely Protocol - Just Launched

    Minister Heather Humphreys has launched The Return to Work Safely Protocol which is designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. ...

  • 05/05/2020

    Government Update 1st May 2020: Roadmap COVID-19

    >> On Friday 1st May, The government published a Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business to ease the COVID-19 restrictions and reopen Ireland’s economy and society in a phased manner. ...

Case Studies

  • 07/06/2020

    Prokulture Kombucha - Kildare Good News

    Based in Sallins, County Kildare, Barry Flanagan and Rob Rainsford hand craft small batch Organic Kombuchas and have recently been accepted to the Aldi Grow Programme 2020, with two products from ProKulture Organic Kombucha. ...

  • 14/06/2020

    Digital-Motorsports.com - Kildare Good News

    Digital-Motorsports.com build world-class racing simulators and provide the best online racing services in Ireland. The seriousness of COVID-19 has resulted in nearly every Motorsport event being postponed globally. Digital-Motorsports.com was on hand and ready to provide a solution which enables drivers to stay home and race without breaching any social distancing. ...

  • 25/05/2020

    Babogue Sleep Solutions - Kildare Good News

    Babogue Sleep Solutions is a Sleep Consultancy service provided by Certified Child Sleep Consultant Erica Hargaden.

  • 17/04/2020

    Lonergan Group - Kildare Good News

    Lonergan Group are specialists in strategic gifting, based in Celbridge, County Kildare. In response to Covid-19, CEO Louise Lonergan has acted fast and diversified her business. She is now supplying Health & Safety products to support her clients in looking after their staff and customers. ...

  • 17/04/2020

    PS Coffee Roasters - Kildare Good News

    Our next good news story comes from brothers Peter and Simon from PS Coffee Roasters. Winner of the Gold standard Going Plastic Free award 2020. The company imports and roasts high speciality grade coffee that is bagged into Ireland's first fully customised compostable bags. PS Coffee Roasters supply to wholesale and retail customers and operate two cafes in Kildare. ...

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    Equine MediRecord

    Kildare leads the way with global innovations in the equine industry ...

  • Start up stories


    SAR Consultancy

    Startup Success: Sheelagh Brady of SAR Consultancy....

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    Pestle & Mortar

    LEO Kildare helps skincare company glow – and grow...

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    CarveOn: Q&A with Alan McCormack creative director and co-founder of CarveOn...

    CarveOn design and make premium personalised leather accessories. ...

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    Odyssey Validation Consultants

    Oisín Curran co-founder of OVC who provide innovative fully integrated GxP Cloud & Computerised System Lifecycle Management Services to regulated companies discusses his business start up , challenges faced and how the Local Enterprise Office Kildare has helped them. ...

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    SweetSpot Sourcing

    Video Q&A with Sue Dempsey and Fiona Craul Directors of Sweet Spot Sourcing in Naas, who came from humble beginnings to providing marketing solutions for some of the worlds biggest brands all from there HQ in Naas. ...

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    Seachange Ltd: Q&A with Paul Cummins...

    We chat with Dr Paul Cummins Managing Director of Seachange about the journey from start up to successfull established business. ...

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    Fabucci: Trading Online Voucher

    Q&A with Deirdre O’Hara, owner and chief buyer for Fabucci Footwear about the Online Trading Voucher...

  • ecokem


    Ecokem: Trading Online Voucher

    Seamus Brady MD of Ecokem discusses his experience of the Online Trading Voucher...

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