How will the government's new Covid support schemes help Ireland's SMEs? – The Times

Simon Evans has had to rethink the supply chain at LittleBig Bikes, which sells bicycles designed to last throughout childhood rather than having to be replaced every few years. Before the pandemic, it took about four months for parts and frames to arrive from China to his workshop in Co Wicklow, from where they are dispatched to customers in more than 70 countries. Now shipments are a lot more erratic, catching Evans off guard when demand surged as families suddenly found more time on their hands during the lockdown.

“An order I placed last Christmas was supposed to be delivered in March but didn’t arrive until July,” he said. “The factories in China are still on the back foot because of the coronavirus. I’ve had

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