Further broadening of qualifying criteria and deepening of grant supports will be essential
Commenting today on the opening of applications for the Restart Grant, Conor Healy CEO of Cork Chamber said:
"Today, we are pleased to see the Restart Grant application process open and also to have clarity on which businesses are eligible for grant scheme application. We are encouraged that following engagement with Government over the past weeks, the criteria now includes professional service providers with a rateable premises, as this group is at the heart of our indigenous economy. However, a further broadening of the qualifying criteria and an overall deepening of grant supports will be absolutely essential if we are to restart the economy.
I encourage businesses to review their eligibility and get their applications in as soon as possible.The business continuity vouchers were snapped up at pace and this scheme will be no different. A review of the extent of fund availability for the grants will undoubtedly be required and the continuity voucher should itself be given further continuity as it has obviously been deemed of value by the business community.
Our Local Authorities in Cork City Council and Cork County Council must be commended for making their services available to Government and business at this time. As ever we will review the functionality and timelines for this measure through active consultation with our membership."