9th September 2020

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced two new support schemes to help businesses bounce back from the impact of Covid-19.

A new £1million Digital Selling Capability Grant to help retailers and wholesalers generate business online, and a £5million Equity Investment Fund targeted at early stage and seed stage SMEs, will open for applications on 9 September 2020.

The schemes, operated by Invest Northern Ireland, are the first of a number of new initiatives being developed by the agency to help companies respond to a new business environment in the wake of Covid-19.

The Digital Selling Capability Grant can help any small or medium-sized Northern Ireland retailer or wholesaler prepare for growth, develop their customer base and find new markets by enhancing their digital offering, building e-commerce capability and increasing online sales.  Full details on the scheme and eligibility criteria can be found here.

The Equity Investment Fund will help early stage high-growth potential businesses in Northern Ireland access financing to progress their business plans and prepare for recovery and growth. Full details on the scheme and eligibility criteria can be found here.