Grow your business online with help through the Government’s National Digital Strategy. The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is designed to assist small businesses with up to 10 employees to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets. Participating in this scheme can make the process of trading online much easier for you.
It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 with co-funding of 10% from the business* along with training and advice to help your business trade online. Cutting the cost of developing your online trading capacity by up to 90% can make this investment very affordable for many small businesses out there.
Making informed decisions is vital for all business, so the free help and training provided by your local enterprise office in the delivery of this scheme puts you in a position to decide what is best for your business. The training sessions cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation. The information provided is impartial and will help you decide on what trading online options, are right for your business.
Businesses that have already received a Trading Online Voucher can now apply for a second voucher, where upgrades are required.
Funding can be used towards adding payment facilities or booking systems to your website or developing new apps for your customers. The voucher can also be used towards subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions, to help companies quickly establish a retailing presence online.
The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:
- Limited or no e-commerce presence;
- 10 or less employees;
- Turnover less than €2m;
- Applicant business must be trading for at least 6 Months**;
- Business must be located in the area covered by the LEO to whom they make their application i.e. LEOs cannot accept applications from businesses located outside their jurisdiction.
Previous voucher recipients may apply for a second voucher
You contact your local enterprise board and tell them you would like a place on the next TOV (Trading Online Voucher) webinar – ( Find their contact details ).
Once you sit through this online webinar (for about an hour) you will then get a link to an application form. At this stage don’t worry, just contact us and we will help you with all the questions. Once submitted you just wait a couple of weeks and they will give you the go ahead for the website. Then you contact us when you receive this notice.
What you pay
Once you get approval for the voucher. You pay us €500+vat to start the process. When your new website is live, you pay us €2,500+vat, then in approx 10-14 days you will receive €2,500 directly into your bank account from the Local Enterprise Board. So the project will end up costing you €500+vat.
*For applications received from April 7th 2020 until September 30th 2020. Further eligibility, terms and conditions apply.
**applicant business must provide clear proof of trading for a minimum of 6 months to their Local Enterprise Office.
For further information or to apply – go to the LEO website and Apply: LEO Website