Local Enterprise Office Offers Online Trading Vouchers For Small Businesses
If you have a small business in Ireland and want to increase your online trading presence, then you are in luck. A new programme under the National Digital Strategy and delivered through the Local Enterprise Office could help you get started.
Who Can Get These Vouchers?
Online Trading Vouchers up to €2500 are available to help some small businesses increase their online presence. Here is a list to help you know if you qualify:
- Your company must have a limited online trading presence
- You must have less than 10 employees
- The company must turn over less than €2million a year
- Your company must have been registered and trading for at least 12 months
Some companies are not eligible. These include:
- Charitable status
- Commercial semi-state companies
- Not for profit organisations
- Trade associations
- Company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce
What Can Vouchers Be Used For?
The purpose of the vouchers is to help a company create an e-commerce website if one does not already exist. It can also be used to upgrade an e-commerce website by adding something like online payments or online booking.
In addition to creating or upgrading sites, the vouchers can also be used for:
- Buying software related to e-commerce
- Online advertising
- Developing an e-commerce app or web site
- Implementing an online marketing strategy
- Consultation to help develop a digital strategy
- Training to help establish online trading
Since these vouchers are specifically for the development of online trading, they cannot be used for non-internet items such as:
- Creating a brochure website without e-commerce capabilities
- Buying non-internet related software
- Anything not related to online sales activities
How to Apply
To apply for this great program, you will need to attend an informational seminar. There, you will get all the details for application as well as the best ways to use the vouchers to create success for your business. You can find out about these seminars by visiting your Local Enterprise Office or going to this website: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Discover-Business-Supports/Trading-Online-Voucher-Scheme-/