Trading Online Voucher
It’s time to get you business online
Now is the time to get your business online and to start selling in this new, ever changing world. Having an effective online eCommerce platform is key to any company who wants to not just survive, but to thrive in a marketplace that’s increasingly going online to sell products to customers. Or maybe you have an online presence already, but need to update it? The Government of Ireland through Local Enterprise offices, offer a special Trading Online Voucher that can help you get your eCommerce platform up and running.
Grow your business online with help through the Government’s National Digital Strategy. The expanded 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 50% 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 50% can make this investment very affordable for many small businesses out there.*
**applicant business must provide clear proof of trading for a minimum of 6 months to their Local Enterprise Office *Further eligibility, terms and conditions apply.
How Can a Trading Online Voucher Help My Business?
Apart from the financial aspect (which is always helpful!), the Local Enterprise company will also help by providing free help and training. This is aimed at assisting business owners in making informed decisions about online strategy.
All the information covered is impartial and aims to help you decide what digital strategy and trading options are the perfect ones for your business.
What If I Have Already Received a Voucher?
Even if you already received a Trading Online Voucher, there may still be further help available.
There is now a scheme implemented that allows applicants to apply for a second voucher to assist with upgrades. Amongst some of the purposes, the second voucher can be used for are:
- Developing new apps
- Adding payment or booking facilities or other website developments
- Subscribing to low cost online retail platforms
How Does It Work?
The process is remarkably simple. The scheme is targeted to help companies with little or no eCommerce presence, so it is perfect for those wanting to expand into the field.
Full details can be found on the Local Enterprise website. The site also lists some of the criteria required to fulfill the requirements; these include:
- Turnover of less than €2 million and with 10 or fewer employees
- Must have been trading for at least 6 months
- Must co-fund the voucher by 50%
- Applications must be to the LEO that covers the area the business is based in.
If you’re a business looking to establish a successful eCommerce operation, then the Trading Online Voucher could just be the step up you have been looking for.
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