The Online Trading Vouchers scheme is explicitly aimed at small Irish businesses that currently have a limited e-commerce/digital marketing presence.
Grow your business with help from this Government grant scheme, designed to assist small businesses. It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 along with training and advice to help your business trade online. Participating in this scheme can make the process of trading online much easier for you.
Making informed decisions is vital for all business, so the free help and training provided by your local enterprise office puts you in a position to decide what is best for your business.
Cutting the cost of developing your online trading capacity by up to 90% can make the investment very affordable for many small businesses out there.
Information 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.
Over 2,000 businesses, just like yours, have already benefitted from the scheme. Don’t get left behind. Your Local Enterprise Office can help and support you throughout the process. Voucher numbers are limited so contact us today for more information and application details.
Businesses that participated in the scheme reported that, on average they saw their sales increase by 20%, with an 80% jump in sales leads and 3 in 5 exporting for the first time.
For many businesses, the question is not whether to trade online, it’s how to start. At least 2,000 small businesses have found answers to that question and a helping hand to take that step through the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. Some of them are your competitors.
Is my business eligible?
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment have created this useful set of Guidelines to help you complete your application.
Client must attend pre-voucher application information seminar. (details can be found on the booking section of our website here, or clients can attend national TOV seminars)
Please note the drawdown time allowed to recipients will be 4 months.
An evaluation committee will assess the applications and make recommendations for approval.
A Competitive process will be put in place to assist with the selections process. Selection of successful applications will be based on the following criteria:
Training/skills development to establish and manage an online trading strategy and / or Implementation of Social Media
Development or enhancement of an e-commerce website which might include implementing online payments or booking systems
Implementation of a digital marketing strategy
Online advertising/Pay Per Click advertising
Consultation with ICT experts for early adopters of online strategy
Development of a mobile app
In order to get approval you must attend a ‘Trading Online Workshop’. If you are applying for a second voucher you must also attend if it has been more than 9 months since your last course.
To check available ‘Trading Online Workshop’ from Louth County Council, please click here
It is possible to attend a webinar or training session hosted by another county. Nationwide courses can be viewed here
To learn more about what is new in the Trading Online Voucher Scheme click here.
The next step…
Organise to get you or a representative from your business to attend one of the information sessions at your LEO. More info can be found here along with the online trading voucher application form.