Upcoming Events

Planning For Brexit – Customs’ Workshop

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Local Enterprise Office Donegal will host a workshop, “Prepare Your Business for Customs” next week. Learn how export and import customs will impact trade with the UK as a ‘Third Country’, how tariffs work and the need to correctly classify your goods.

With less than 50 days to Brexit, we’re urging businesses to prepare for the inevitable changes that it will bring. From 1 January 2021, the UK will no longer be in the Single Market or Customs Union, which means how we trade with them will be very different. Our workshop “Prepare Your Business for Customs” will help you become familiar with the customs compliance requirements that will affect your company, on trading with the UK, outside the EU. You’ll also brainstorm the urgent tasks and applications needed to mitigate costly delays and penalties. Book your spot for our November workshop.



“Taste the Atlantic Trail”

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Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), in association with Fáilte Ireland, invite guests to discuss seafood produced along the “Taste the Atlantic Trail.”

Join Restaurateur and Michelin-Starred Chef JP McMahon, Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, Burren Smokehouse, and moderator Ruth Hegarty, as they discuss the beautiful seafood produced along the Taste the Atlantic trail, including organically farmed mussels and salmon as well as native and rock oysters.

They will exchange ideas around supporting local food producers this Christmas and ideas and strategies for creating safe, enjoyable, and memorable food service and food tourism offerings in 2021.
To round things up, JP McMahon will share ideas for three seafood dishes, from local produce that could grace the Christmas table this year.


Dreaming Of Starting A Food Business?

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Do you dream of being your own boss in the New Year? Then our Start Your Own Business course is a great place to begin! This programme is a key support available for new business start-ups in Donegal. It is likely that it will be delivered online, but this will depend on the government guidelines in relation to Covid 19 in January 2021. We’ll update all those that have expressed an interest once the details are confirmed.

If you are interested in this programme, please book and we will be in touch once we have the required numbers with confirmed dates and times.



Trade To The World Online

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More Donegal businesses than ever are trading to the world online with the help of a Trading Online Voucher from Donegal Local Enterprise Office. Designed to help businesses reach new markets, the Trading Online Voucher scheme offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 with co-funding of 10% from the business for a new website.

To date this year, over 300 businesses in Donegal have been granted Trading Online Vouchers and Donegal Local Enterprise Office has awarded close to €750,000 to help businesses develop new e-commerce websites, enhancing their capacity to trade locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.



Covid Restriction Support Scheme (CRSS) Webinar with Revenue

Donegal-Food-Coast-Covid Restriction Support Scheme (CRSS) Webinar with Revenue

The new Covid Restriction Support Scheme (CRSS) was announced as part of Budget 2021 and registration launched on November 6th. As this scheme will be vital to the sustainability of tourism businesses across the country, Fáilte Ireland is hosting a live webinar on Friday November 20th at 11am with experts from Revenue to help businesses to navigate and leverage this initiative.

The experts from Revenue will cover the key considerations businesses will need to be aware of in relation to CRSS:

  • Overview of Scheme
  • Registering on ROS
  • Eligibility for making a claim
  • Nuances for tourism businesses
  • How to make a claim
  • Amounts that can be claimed under CRSS

As part of the registration you can submit questions that you would like to be addressed during the session. The panel consists of Helen McDaid, Enterprise Supports, Fáilte Ireland, Jacqueline O’Callaghan, Revenue Commissioners, Katie Clair, Revenue Commissioners and Anne Marie Walsh, Tax Division, Department of Finance.



The Food Coast is a regional branding initiative developed by Local Enterprise Office Donegal to support, celebrate, and grow the Donegal food sector. To become a member, please complete the PDF form and return by email to Margaret.Campbell@leo.donegalcoco.ie