Painter paints Startup on brick wall

Got a business idea? We can help advise

If you or someone around you is thinking differently about their work future, the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) will be of interest.  It’s an opportunity to set up your own business while still being supported by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

As well as that, in South Kerry, SKDP provides free supports to all applicants working out their business plans.  First, take a look at the eligibility conditions around BTWEA.  Then, to find out more, contact your nearest SKDP Enterprise Officer:

Cahersiveen and Killarney areas:

Anne O’Riordan  066 94 72724  [email protected]

Killorglin and Kenmare areas:

Joanne Griffin  087 6152660  [email protected]


For those already on the payment, please see a note from the Department regarding enhancements during the Covid-19 period:

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)


Revised payment arrangements with immediate effect


  • Where self-employed participants of BTWEA have to cease trading because of the impact of social distancing, they can continue to receive their BTWEA weekly payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. No further action is required from the customer where they wish to continue on the scheme.


  • Where a participant in year two of their claim presents with financial difficulty (in receipt of a reduced 75% rate of payment), an adjustment can be made to their weekly rate on ISTS to revert to the year one rate of their claim (i.e. increase to 100%).


  • Where a customer’s BTWEA ends following the 2 year period they can be advised to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Jobseekers supports.


Painter paints Startup on brick wall


March means Business!

Want to know how SKDP helps support business in South Kerry?  You can get an idea of how we can assist by reading this recent feature in Kerry’s Eye newspaper.          (Scroll through the two page article by hovering the cursor on the right hand side)

SKDP Building Kerry’s Next Generation Of Business Kerry’s Eye Supplement 2020

Find the full supplement by clicking through here:

Enterprise for the Future Building Kerry’s next generation of business

Kim Elliott of Rocket Deliveries
Kim Elliot of Rocket Deliveries, one of the start-ups SKDP has assisted in recent times.