Minister of State for Business,Employment and Retail, Damien English with the Flowerhill Furniture Team, Navan


Over 210 retailers nationwide are to receive €9.3m in grants through the latest round of a Government scheme designed to help businesses boost their online presence.

The Online Retail Scheme is administered by Enterprise Ireland and is open to retailers who already have a website and a physical store.

The grants can be used by businesses to enhance their online capabilities in order to exploit opportunities and attract new customers.

Since 2018, more than 700 projects from retailers based in Ireland have been approved for €28.3m in funding through the scheme.

Successful applicants receive a grant ranging from €10,000 to a maximum of €64,000. Flowerhill Furniture is based in Navan and celebrating over forty years in business is one of the applicants availing of the innovative scheme locally. The business was initially launched by Castletown native Barney McMahon and is now managed by his daughter Niamh. Obviously changing with the times and embracing change has helped the family business continue to prosper in a competitive market.

The early ’80s was a tough time to trade in those fledgling years but Navan’s name for quality furniture brought people from all over the country as it still does today.

Obviously, Flowerhill Furniture’s entrepreneur Barney knew it was a big advantage to be based in the town. As the town has grown so has the company.

The business has developed and Flowerhill Furniture name is now synonymous with furniture in Ireland as is the town of Navan.

Recipients like Flowerhill Furniture have qualified for funding from the latest round are based across all counties in Ireland and are from a number of sectors, including hardware, pharmacy, clothing and furniture.

“By improving our online retail offering, not only will it enable us to strengthen our resilience and enhance the experience for our existing valued customers, but it will also support us to widen our customer base and reach new markets,” Ms McMahon said.Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English said developing an online presence is an important part of future-proofing a business.“Through the Online Retail Scheme, we are enabling established retailers with a physical store the chance to compete for online sales that are currently going to businesses based outside the country,” Mr English said.           


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