Kildare County Council’s Retail Enhancement Support Programme 2021 Launched

Kildare County Council’s Retail Enhancement

Support Programme 2021 Launched

Retail+ Scheme Open for Kildare Retailers


Kildare County Council are inviting businesses to design and develop retail businesses in 2021 by engaging in their Retail+ Programme which is a combined Paint/Merchandising Scheme and Mentoring/Training Programme designed specifically for Retail.

Welcoming the scheme, Cathaoirleach of Kildare County Council Cllr. M. Stafford said,

“I’m delighted to support this new funding scheme from the Local Enterprise Office, which will help our businesses to reopen with style in 2021. I know 2020 has been a difficult year for all and the first half of 2021 as well, and we in Kildare County Council are keen to play our part in supporting businesses for reopening.

Stafford continued to say, “I’d like to thank the Local Enterprise Office who put the new programme together and manage the scheme for the Local Enterprise Office.”

Speaking about the Retail+ support Programme for 2021, Economic Development Officer with the Local Enterprise Office Orla McGee said:

“This new scheme is designed with your business in mind, to enhance your shop front and window display and to give you the tools to create a ‘whole of shop’ approach to marketing your business.

Orla continued to say, “this year we’ve also tried to make it easier to apply and therefore all applications must be submitted via Submit.com which will streamline the application and drawdown process.”

John Mulcahy Senior Enterprise Officer  with the Local Enterprise Office said: “After the devastation that Covid-19 wrought on our business community, Kildare County Council wish to provide the best support possible for reopening in 2021, and this new scheme aims to provide not just financial support for enhancing the front of your business, but also mentoring and training on how to best use the front of your premises to market your business.”

Explaining the Scheme, John continued to say:

"For 2021 we had to redesign how we support businesses across the County and this new scheme provides both financial and mentoring support to assist businesses to reopen after a very difficult time.”

Concluding, John said:

We hope that as many businesses as possible will engage with this scheme, and further information is available on our website at www.localenterprise.ie/Kildare or by calling our office on 045-980 838 or to register https://submit.link/8f

For further information contact John Mulcahy on jmulcahy@kildarecoco.ie


About the Scheme:

Design & Develop Your Business for 2021

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Kildare County Council are inviting businesses to design and develop their business in 2021 by engaging in the Retail+ Programme which is a combined Paint Scheme and Mentoring/Training Programme designed specifically for Retail, which will include:

  • Financial Supports for Paint Scheme 2021 for Painting the Front of Your Premises
  • Financial Supports for Merchandising your window display
  • Expert Mentoring for Colours / Window Design / Merchandising / Use of Outdoor Space, etc.
  • Financial Supports to the value of 2,500 to increase your web presence (for businesses less than 10 staff )
  • Expert Mentoring to develop Green for Retail
  • Retail Training for How to Best Use your Premises to Market Your Business

Improve the front of your premises through painting and shopfront improvements including painting, window design, merchandising, and training for use of outdoor spaces in this ‘whole of shop’ approach, with financial supports alongside training and mentoring for each successful applicant.

  • Closing Date for Expressions of Interest (EOI) – April 30th 2021
  • Initial Training – 6th May 2021 at 2pm
  • Financial Aid will be 80% financed by Kildare County Council (subject to the maximum amount of €1,000 excluding vat per premises), with the remainder of costs being paid by the applicants. The training and mentoring element of the scheme will be funded entirely by Kildare County Council in partnership with Enterprise Ireland - €2,500 worth of expert mentoring on Design for Colours /Window Design/ Merchandising / Use of outdoor space and Green Energy Management
  • Financial Aid available up to a maximum of €5,000 or up to 50% of eligible costs for painting / repairs - €5,000 or 50% funding to Painting and Improve the Front of Your Premises / €1,000 or 80% funding for Window Design / Merchandising / Use of Outdoor Space, etc.
  • Financial Aid up to the value of €2,500 (50% of eligible costs up to the maximum of €2,500) are now available - €2,500 or 50% funding to improve your website presence (for businesses less than 10 staff )
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Each successful applicant will receive:

  • Financial support for painting the front of a premises
  • And/or financial support for window design and merchandising

Each applicant will also receive training & mentoring designed specifically to retail, and must do two of the following training modules:

  • Retail Sector Trends & Customer Experience (Compulsory)
  • Financial Supports for Paint Scheme 2021 for Painting the Front of Your Premises
  • Financial Supports for Merchandising your window display
  • Expert Mentoring for Colours / Window Design / Merchandising / Use of Outdoor Space, etc.
  • Financial Supports to the value of 2,500 to increase your web presence
  • Expert Mentoring to develop Green for Retail
  • Retail Training for How to Best Use your Premises to Market Your Business
  • Window Design and Merchandising mentoring/training
  • Social Media training, particularly in video
  • Outdoor mentoring/training for signage, use of  outdoor space

Modules and works and drawdown of funds must be completed by 31st August 2021. Any remaining funds within the budget will be spent by Kildare  County Council on other projects after that date.

This is specially designed for Retailers featuring leading mentors in retail, design, digital marketing sales and social media in a practical, success-oriented programme running from May to August 2021.


MAKE 2021 YOUR BEST YEAR YET!

Supported by a team of retail professionals, working to a goal of helping your business design & develop to cope with the challenges of Covid19 and Brexit, the Retail+ programme includes (terms and conditions apply):

  1. Retail Health Check  Diagnostic: an assessment of your current Business Premises
  2. Mentoring Sessions - you select the skills you need
  3. Specialist Masterclass Webinars - learn from those who have walked in your shoes
  4. Financial Aid for Painting, Shopfront Improvements, and/or Window Display
  5. Green for Retail Programme
  6. Potential to apply for Trading Online Voucher Scheme

You will come away with your personal Design & Develop Action Plan that details all you need to do to achieve maximum business growth for 2021/22.

EXPERT SUPPORTS FOR YOUR RETAIL BUSINESS

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS GROUND-BREAKING OPPORTUNITY TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS

Registration By 30th April 2021:

  1. Register your interest on Submit.com
  2. Receive confirmation approval from your  Kildare LEO Office     
  3. Save the Dates - 6th May, 13th May and 20th May for the Initial Workshops

Places are strictly limited.

 


Workshops: