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What We Do

Retail and Sector Transformation Policy

Retail and Sector Transformation Policy includes identifying and engaging with stakeholders, and across the Government, to increase the resilience and productivity of our employment intensive and locally traded sector. There is a particular focus on policy transformation for businesses in these sectors to respond to challenges and opportunities arising from disruptive changes including climate change and digitalisation and the importance of skills development so as to sustain and grow employment and standards of living for those in these sectors.  

Areas under Retail and Sector Transformation Policy:

Business Schemes Statistics and Small Business Assistance Scheme

The COVID and Brexit Business Support Statistics section of the Department provides the up-to-date figures on DETE COVID and Brexit business support schemes to colleagues, the political system and the general public. The Section also includes the temporary Small Business Assistance Scheme for COVID (SBASC) introduced as a COVID business measure during 2021. For queries please contact supportstats@enterprise.gov.ie. 

Related links

Brexit business supports 

COVID-19 business supports

Retail

The Retail Sector is the largest private sector employer in the country and is an important part of the domestic economy. Retail is classified under G47 NACE Classification.

The role of our Retail Section, as research and technical support for the Retail Forum, includes bringing forward new initiatives to support the development needs of the sector with the Retail Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to allow key issues of relevance to the retail sector to be discussed, with a view to identifying practical actions which could be taken by Government, or by industry itself, to support the sector with particular emphasis on achieving sustainable jobs growth in the sector. The section also supports the Retail, Grocery and Distribution sector through engagement in relation to COVID-19 and Brexit and supports sustainable growth of the retail sector through the Retail Forum. For queries please contact retail@enterprise.gov.ie

Related links

Retail Forum

CSO Retail Sales Index

NACE 

Sector Transformation Policy

Our Sector Transformation Policy Section engages at a policy level with stakeholders, and across Government, to increase the resilience and productivity of our employment intensive and locally traded sectors with a view to identifying specific issues impacting the growth and development of ambitious firms in locally traded sectors with potential to grow and expand quality employment, and to determine specific initiatives which would support the developmental needs of these sectors, either specifically or horizontally and with particular reference to challenges and opportunities arising from disruptive changes including climate change and digitalisation and the importance of skills development so as to sustain and grow employment and standards of living for those in these sectors. For queries please contact rstp@enterprise.gov.ie

Related link

DETE Statement of Strategy 2021-2023 

Supply chains

Trade in goods and services in the Irish economy relies on a dynamic network of supply chains comprising various elements such as: procurement of intermediate products and services; storage of items and transport and logistics.  A supply chain may include international elements and may involve the importation of items from EU countries and from third (non-EU) countries. 

Supply chain management seeks to ensure that production and distribution processes are managed efficiently and effectively so that goods and services are available at the point of sale.

The role of our Supply Chains Section is to engage with stakeholders and across Government, to strengthen the competitiveness and resilience of Irish businesses’ supply chains to minimise the impacts of strategic supply chain disruptions and vulnerabilities. For queries please contact supplychain@enterprise.gov.ie.