Trading Online Voucher Scheme – up to €2,500 grant available
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.
To support small Irish businesses to enhance their online trading presence, Trading Online Vouchers to the value of €2,500 (up to a maximum of 50% of the total cost) are now available to Donegal Businesses through a programme under the Government’s National Digital Strategy and delivered through the Local Enterprise Offices.
With the trend ever increasing towards online spending it is estimated that only 23% of small Irish businesses are engaged in any meaningful way in eCommerce sales. For businesses employing less than ten people this percentage could be even lower. It is now believed that of online purchases made in Ireland that 70% of these are done in overseas markets.
There is now an urgency to ensure that businesses recognise that this is happening and that they are encouraged and supported to correctly respond to this digital reality.
Attendance at an Information Session is required prior to submission of an application. Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure, whichever is the lesser.
Who is eligible?
The vouchers are targeted at businesses that have a limited online trading presence less than 10 employees turnover less than €2 million applicants must be registered and trading for minimum of 12 months
Note: ineligible projects include those with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, ”not for profit” organisations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce.
Trading Online Vouchers can be used for:
The development or upgrade of an e-commerce website such as implementing online payments or booking systems. Other usage includes; purchase of Internet related software, online advertising, development of an app, implementation of a digital marketing strategy, consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy, training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity.
Vouchers cannot be used for:
- Development of brochure websites
- Purchase of non-internet related software
- Anything other than online trading related activity
If you are interested in applying for the Trading Online Voucher get in touch today and I can talk you through the process 🙂