Heaslip and Flender join iGrant judging panel
Born into the recession of 2008, iRadio knows well what it's like to come through hard times. We also know that it’s only by coming together, that we'll all get through this rough patch.
So far, hundreds of businesses have applied for the iGrant, which offers one business €20,000 worth of iRadio’s advertising services completely free.
As so many more businesses are now facing unprecedented challenges we have decided to extend the deadline for applications, to allow for as many entries as possible. We are also delighted to announce there will now be a second prize for the runner up worth €10,000.
This means a total of €30,000 worth of iRadio’s on-air, digital, social media and website services will be given to two independent Irish businesses, to assist them in getting back on their feet after all this is over.
We are thrilled to announce that joining us on the judging panel to select the two lucky businesses is former Leinster and Ireland number 8 Jamie Heaslip - a man who knows all about resilience both on and off the pitch.
The health of small Irish business is a subject close to Jamie’s heart, as he is a shareholder of SME digital lending platform, www.flender.ie, which lends to small to medium sized businesses around the country.
Jamie says he is delighted to get involved with iGrant: "I think that it's fantastic for a company to potentially have this. When we get through this, and we will get through this, companies are going to need to advertise, they're going to need these kind of services."
Jamie also highlights how getting through these current difficulties requires a team effort.
"I think everyone has to try to play their role where they can. Flender are trying to do it through either the retail lending or through lending to SMEs. We're combining with iRadio on this because this is what we can do to help. Everyone's playing a role somehow and this is just another great way of trying to help out."
Jamie will also be joining iRadio in a long term capacity, with a new feature where he'll be sharing his business knowledge on air and online each Monday.