The Department of Enterprise Business and Innovation and its agencies, working with Ireland’s Service Providers have developed consultancy and training supports to help companies respond to the COVID 19 pandemic. These resources have been developed to support the implementation of the recently announced NSAI Guidelines.

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In addition to the normal supports that are provided to businesses through IDA Ireland, a new support for business continuity is also available. It focuses on two specific areas:

Management team consultancy

This will be a one-to-one consultancy or a one-to-team consultancy with a competent provider to talk through issues related to the COVID19 or to support the development of the site’s Contingency planning, or Business Continuity Planning

Training for staff

Where clients need to continue to communicate and engage with their employees and provide guidance and training to them in any aspect associated with COVID19, this can also be achieved through on-line webinars and discussion guided by a trained facilitator.

Companies eligible to apply

This support is open to all IDA clients that need additional help and guidance to manage their operations during this pandemic.  Predominantly, these will be companies in the IDA portfolio that do not have large international Business Continuity teams in place..

What do the Supports cover?

You can get help to manage your operations through the crisis period to create

  • Defence – Defending against the spread of the virus
  • Exposure – Management and reduction of detected on site cases
  • Recovery – Recovery of processes and business functions after detection

Who delivers these supports?

We have sourced a range of consultants that have some experience and competence to help you in this time of crisis. Some have international experience of epidemics elsewhere and some have national experience of crisis in particular sectors here in Ireland.

Access the list of consultants here

How to Access the Business Continuity Support

Either through your IDA Ireland Project Executive or contact us through the website 


Funding is available for up to 33 days of consultancy or training to a maximum of €29,700 excluding VAT.  This is 100% grant aided by IDA for IDA clients. IDA clients will need to pay the VAT to the service provider on submission of an invoice from them.

To Apply

1. Discuss support with your IDA Project Executive, who will guide you to the services provider database from which you will select a Provider.  Service Providers
2. Download and complete the application form.  Email to your IDA Account Executive or to

Download Application Form

Consultancy & Training

Some of the areas that the consultants and training can cover are:

  • Crisis management-building rapid deployment capability
  • Hygiene system and deployment of same
  • Contact tracing and management
  • Management of people through a crisis – communicating/Handling issues
  • Coaching/mentor support for Leaders and Staff on mitigation and reduction actions
  • Virtual Risk assessments on sites and reducing risks of contamination
  • Preparing for external assessment eg by HSE/Department of Agriculture Food and Marine
  • Rapid response to emergency situations eg rapidly disinfecting at pace
  • Dealing with challenging logistics
  • Carrying out risk assessments for business continuity
  • Managing and supporting potentially compromised sub supply network
  • Development of alternative uses for company site in the event of reduced demand for current products and services
  • Redefining strategy resulting from reduced demand for current products and services
  • Managing sub-contractors and suppliers
  • Developing rapid understanding of market requirements post crisis and how to generate new business where existing business has been diminished by COVID19
  • Sourcing alternative distribution channels and logistics
  • Preparing for ramp up post crisis

This is not an exhaustive list and companies should contact IDA Ireland Project Executive to find the right support depending on specific company needs

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Funding Programmes and Incentives

Funding and grants are available to those considering foreign direct investment in Ireland. These are offered to both new and existing clients. All funding is negotiated on a case by case basis in compliance with EU and Irish legislation.

Capital & Employment

The level and availability of support is dependent on location and size of the company.

Training Grants

Available across the country to develop the competitive capabilities of companies already located in Ireland.

Research, Development & Innovation

Companies can avail of financial incentives to carry out in-house R&D projects and collaborative projects with third-level institutes and industrial partners. There is also a 25% tax credit available for companies engaging in R&D.

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R&D supports for small multinational companies


This programme is designed to encourage clients to adopt lean business principles to increase performance and competitiveness that will sustain and grow their operations in Ireland. Lean tools and techniques help companies to address competitiveness issues and build the capability to identify problems and take an innovative approach to their solutions. The Lean Business Offer has been developed for companies engaged in both manufacturing and services activities.

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Business Asset Grant

IDA Ireland ‘s Business Asset Grant supports client companies to replace old equipment with new or acquire new technology upgrades.
The purpose is to help clients increase their capacity and capability to deliver to new and existing markets.

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Competitiveness Benchmark

A tool to measure a company’s performance
against national and international competition;
providing a springboard to improve competitiveness

Download Competitiveness Benchmark

International Marketing Programme

Assistance with international marketing expertise

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Mentor Programme

Mentors in our network can provide tailored
advice, guidance and support, to help you accelerate
growth and build management capability.

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IDA Ireland’s “Go Green”

IDA Ireland’s “Go Green” Business Offers is designed to encourage IDA clients to adopt green business principles in their organisation to increase competitiveness and achieve international environmental best practices

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IDA Ireland’s "Innovate Programme"

IDA Ireland’s “Innovate Programme”  is designed to encourage clients’ growth through proactive management of their innovation activities

Download IDA Ireland’s “Innovate Programme"


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