Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) & Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)

South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd (SKDP) is a local area Development company, established in May 1991 to promote and support the Development of sustainable and vibrant communities in the south Kerry area.

SKDP operates these schemes and they are designed to encourage people getting certain social welfare payments to take up self employment opportunities by allowing them to retain a proportion of their social welfare payment, plus secondary benefits.

What is Back to Work Enterprise Allow (BTWEA)?

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme encourages people getting certainsocial welfare payments to become self emplyed. It you take part in the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance scheme, you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to two years.

The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance is payable to people aged under 66.

Who can Qualify for Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)?

If you are starting your own business that has been approved in advance in writing by a Facilitator or Enterprise Officer.
And
Are 12 months unemployed and getting Job seeker’s Allowance (JA) or Jobseeker’s Benefit (JB) and have an entitlement to Job Seekers Allowance.
Or
Receiving certain other welfare payments for at least 12 months e.g. One Parent Family Payment, Farm Assist, Carer’s Allowance etc.
Or
Illness Benefit for 3 years.

What are the Benefits of this Scheme?
The amount of time you can participate on the Back To Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) is 2 years. You will receive 100% of your payment for the first year, and 75% for the second year. If you have previously participated in the scheme and exhausted your entitlement, you can participate a second time after a period of at least 5 years has elapsed. Back to Work Enterprise Allowance is not taxable.
What Grants are available under this scheme?
Capital and Training Grants are available once on the Scheme. This is subject to and application process.
Capital Grants: 65% of the cost to a max of €750.
Training Grants 80% of the cost to a max of €500.
What is Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)

The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) gives support to people who have lost their job and want to start their own business.

To qualify, you must be getting Jobseeker’s Benefit. There is no qualifying period, which means you do not need to have been getting Jobseekers Benefit for a certain period of time. However, you will not qualify if you are getting Jobseeker’s Benefit and working part-time.

The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance is paid instead of your Jobseeker’s Benefit for a maximum of 9 months. It ends when your entitlement to Jobseeker’s Benefit ends (that is at either 6 or 9 months).

Who can Qualify for Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA)?
You will qualify for the Short Term Enterprise Allowance if you have an entitlement to Jobseeker’s Benefit. To be eligible, applicants must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Be awarded Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Be in a position to start up a viable business as a self-employed person
  • Eligible applicants must satisfy the following conditions
  • Have made applications for Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) before engaging in self-employment
  • Be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Obtain written approval from their local Partnership company in advance of engaging in self employment that is full time in nature.
What are the Benefits of this Scheme?

The Allowance will be paid for a maximum of 9 months.
It will end when your entitlement to Job Benefit ends.
If you are already on Job Benefit, you will only receive the Short Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) for the remaining time you have left on Job Benefit.

Mentoring for these Schemes
As part of the Conditions of these Schemes you would be required to meet with our Book Keeper.
This service is free of charge.
It is imperative that you attend this session as you will need to keep records and later do your return for Revenue.
Who do I contact in SKDP to talk about these Schemes?

Enterprise Officers

Anne O’Riordan (Cahersiveen & Killarney Area)

066-94 72724

[email protected]

Joanne Griffin (Killorglin & Kenmare Area)

087-6152660

[email protected]

Application forms

Enterprise Support Service Client Survey

South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd (SKDP) undertook an Enterprise Support Service Client Survey in 2012. The purpose of this was to investigate the experience of small business start ups facilitated by the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance from 2008 – 2010 in terms of:

  • The current market place
  • The usefulness of the Enterprise Support Service provided by SKDP
  • Current market place role of the SKDP Enterprise Department

Findings from this survey were extremely positive despite the current economic conditions, with over three-quarters still in business and 77% of those not still in business willing to return to self employment. A significant number of the respondents found the support received from the Enterprise Department in SKDP to be vital to the setting up of and survival of their business.

Enterprise Support Service Client Survey 2012