As Ireland re-opens for business once again, a new six-part business series will help Irish businesses and consumers on their journey as they try to navigate their way in this new & constantly shifting Covid-19 world. Presented by journalists & broadcasters Richard Curran & Ella McSweeney, the series will be packed with a mix of fresh, useful information and advice to guide businesses, employers and employees – as well as consumers – trying to operate in this new normal. 

Episode 3

As businesses across the country continue to open up, we take a look at how employers and employees are adapting and adjusting to a new way of working. We take a look at the economic impact that working from home will have on small and large businesses.

Joining Ella and Richard in studio to discuss these 'new normal' working situations is Lawyer Cliona Kimber, who specialises in Employment Law and discusses all that employers need to know if they have employees working from home.

Later in the show we look at Supply Chains, and the lessons Irish businesses learned about the risks of relying on one international supplier for sourcing raw materials. As the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world it exposed the fragile nature of the world’s supply chains and how interruptions to this chain were drastically felt here in Ireland.

Finally, in our Big Interview this week we speak with Carolan Lennon, CEO of eir about her company’s employees working from home and about broadband reach across Ireland.

Relevant Links

For GDPR while working remotely, visit here.

For guidance for working remotely during COVID-19 from the Dept of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, go here.

For FAQs on rights and responsibilities for employers and employees, visit here.

For more information on the WDC’s Remote Working in Ireland During Covid-19 survey, go to this link

For more on CSO’s Employment and Life Effects of COVID-19 survey, go to this link

For the Director Sentiment Monitor, for Q2 2020 (when COVID-19 restrictions were first imposed), conducted by IoD Ireland, go to this link

For CSO’s Impact of COVID-19 on ICT Usage by Households survey, visit here

For more information on Comreg’s survey on broadband and mobile phone usage since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced, go here.

And for CSO’s survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on Virtual Life, go to this link

Episode 2

In Episode 2 of our new series we focus on the tourism industry, an industry devastated by the lack of international visitors to Ireland.

We examine the Governmental guidelines that have been put in place to allow businesses to reopen across the country. In studio, Richard & Ella will chat with Mark Cullen, chief inspector at the Health & Safety Authority, the organisation that is tasked with enforcing and policing these guidelines.

Later in the show, we take a look at how the downturn in the tourism & hospitality industries is having a knock-on effect on small independent food producers. We hear from three small family-run businesses, from West Cork to Louth, who are now trying to adapt their businesses, after being forced in lockdown to re-examine their business models and revenue streams.

Also Featured on the Programme

Relevant Links

The HSA Return to Work Safely Protocols can be found at: www.hsa.ie

All information on mask wearing protocols are available on: www.hse.ie

If you would like to learn more about how your company can make a difference though Virtual Volunteering contact BITC on: info@bitc.ie 

Episode 1

To kickstart the series, we turn the spotlight on one provincial town – Ennis, Co. Clare - and see how small businesses have been coping with the slow, phased reopening of our economy.

We also hear from David McGee, Partner PWC, who talks to Richard & Ella about how SMEs are trying to restart after months of freezing supply and demand.

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We take a look at Irish exports, one sector of the economy that is doing extremely well, despite the COVID19 crisis. We travel to Monaghan to meet one such exporter, forklift manufacturing company Combilift, who has seen a 50% increase in enquiries for their forklift systems as a direct result of the pandemic.

Finally, we chat with Noel Keeley, CEO of Musgrave, who operate the SuperValu and Centra brands, about the change in grocery spending and shopping habits during the COVID-19 crisis and ask him if these trends are here to stay.

Relevant Links

For more information on the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, visit: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Discover-Business-Supports/Trading-Online-Voucher-Scheme-/

The full list of supports available for businesses can be found at: https://dbei.gov.ie

For more information on the wage subsidy scheme, visit: https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/communications/covid19/temporary-covid-19-wage-subsidy-scheme.aspx