Covid-19: Important Information for Startup and SMEs

*Section last updated: 26/3/20

We are continuing to follow the advice of the Government and the HSE. The GTC building will continue to remain open for companies, albeit with restricted access to members only (along with their guests).  We have implemented measures to ensure GTC and staff are following all guidelines as set out by the HSE to curb the spread of Covid-19.

In a bid to assist companies through this challenging times, we have assembled information that will be useful, not only to the companies based here at GTC, but to the wider Business community:

Covid 19 Business Supports & Advice:

  • DBEI is now operating a Business Support Call Centre to advise on the Government supports available to businesses and enterprises that are affected by COVID-19. The Call Centre can be contacted at 00 353 1 631 2002.
  • Covid-19 Information for taxpayers and agents
  • Suport for businesses through commercial rates defferal 
  • The Department has updated the Business Continuity Planning Checklist COVID-19 which identifies some of the key risks to the continuity of your business activities during the outbreak of COVID-19 and of preparatory actions that can be taken to respond.
  • In addition, on the COVID-19 Supports page on the Department’s website there are numerous links to vital information, supports available and advice to business on dealing with COVID-19.
  • Enterprise Ireland has a number of supports available to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Galway Local Enterprise Offices has outlined a number of supports available to Galway businesses as well.
  • It is advisable to follow up with your business bank regarding their supports in place;  Bank of Ireland, AIB, Ulster Bank.


The following supports and documents for business:

  1. Business Continuity Voucher available through the Local Enterprise Offices to the value of €2,500
  2. A Factsheet Document on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Social Welfare Payments – this document gives a summary of social welfare payments available for people: (1) With no work or reduced hours. (2) Who are sick or who are looking after someone who is sick, (3)Who cannot work because they are looking after children  covid19-social-welfare-payments
  3. Employer Refund Scheme FAQs from the Department of Social Protection. Further information is available here –
  4. Jobseekers Emergency Payments Guide (for employees)  covid19_jobseekers-emergency-payments_guide
  5. Employer Information Note on Covid 19 (provides details on the scheme available to businesses having to lay off staff) covid-employer-refund-scheme-faqs-and-revenue-guidance
  6. Jobseekers Benefit Form: Employees should complete both the Emergency Payments application and Job Seekers Benefit form at the same time – it the employee returns to work the payment can stop.  jobseekers-benefit-form
  7. Revenue: EWorking & Home Workers 
  8. My HR Covid-19 toolkit from Penninsula
  9. Covid 19 resources from the HSE, the Department of Health & other Government Departments


For further information on Covid-19 please see Chambers Ireland  dedicated webpage


Priority is the health and safety of our members, our families, and the wider community. If we can support you and your business during this time please reach out to us on +(0)91 730700 or