Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Questions (288)

Billy Kelleher


288. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of applicants and participants in all Brexit schemes and supports provided by her Department or agencies under the remit of her Department; and the amount allocated and expended to each such scheme in each year since being established in tabular form. [53664/18]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

My Department and its agencies are providing extensive supports to ensure that businesses are prepared for Brexit. These supports aim to assist businesses in identifying key risk areas and the practical preparatory actions to be taken over the coming months.

The information is set out in the table below:


Uptake (as of 17 December 2018)

Allocation/Expenditure by year

Brexit Loan Scheme

326 applications received, 287 approved by SBCI.Loans progressed to sanction at bank level to a value of €13.44 million

€23 million exchequer funding has been used to leverage a fund of up to €300million: €14million from DBEI and €9million from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. This Exchequer funding was allocated to the SBCI at the end of 2017.

Enterprise Ireland (EI) Brexit Scorecard - online platform for Irish companies to self-assess their exposure to Brexit

3,592 Brexit Scorecards have been completed, which includes 624 LEOsclients

2017 Expenditure: €25,5682018 Expenditure: €11,261

EI Be Prepared Grant

149 Be Prepared Grants have been approved

2017 Expenditure: €10,0002018 Expenditure: €178,921

EI Market Discovery Fund - A support to EI clients to research new markets

191 projects have been approved under this initiative

Market Discovery fund was launched in 20182018 Expenditure: €209,756

EI Agile Innovation Fund - Gives rapid fast-track access to innovation funding

37 Agile Innovation projects have been approved

Agile Innovation Fund was launched in 2018 2018 Expenditure: €355,245

EI Brexit Advisory Clinics

11 events been run with approx. 915 in attendance

2017 Expenditure: €55,7972018 Expenditure: €160,853

EI Brexit ‘Act On Programme’ – A support funding the engagement of a consultant to devise report with recommendations to help clients address weaknesses and improve resilience

130 ‘Act on’ Plans have been completed

2018 Expenditure: €259,000

EI Strategic Consultancy Grant – A grant to assist EI clients to hire a strategic consultant for a set period

1,047 Strategic Consultancy Grants have been approved

2016 Expenditure: €278,1372017 Expenditure: €482,6172018 Expenditure: €456,198

Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Mentoring

402 mentoring participants solely focused on Brexit

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LEO Technical Assistance Grant for Micro Export - an incentive for LEO clients to explore and develop new market opportunities

376 clients have been approved assistance so far in 2018 under the Technical Assistance Grant

2017 Allocation: €785,0002017 Expenditure: €188,8292018 Allocation: €800,0002018 Expenditure: €365,774 up to 30/09/18

LEO LEAN4Micro – The Lean4Micro offer was developed in collaboration between the EI Lean department and the LEOs to tailor the EI Lean offer for LEO micro enterprise clients

211 LEO clients have participated in the programme

2017 Allocation: €882,5002017 Expenditure: €529,9222018 Allocation: €852,6202018 Expenditure: €518,411 up to 30/09/18

LEO Brexit Seminars/Events

3,996 participants at the Brexit Information events

2017 Allocation: €153,5002017 Expenditure: €85,5092018 Allocation: €177,8002018 Expenditure: €57,855 up to 30/09/18

InterTradeIreland Brexit Advisory Service

4,175 SMEs have directly engaged with the Brexit Advisory Service

2017 Expenditure: €342,0002018 Expenditure €918,586 up to 17/12/2018

InterTradeIreland (ITI) Brexit Start to Plan Vouchers

There have been 645 applications, with 549 approved and 25 pending.

2017 Expenditure: €7,4092018 Expenditure: €415,183

Pilot Online Retail Scheme administered by Enterprise Ireland

Total fund of € 1.25 million. The first call opened on 24 October. This call closed on 5December at 3pm.

Not available