Trading Online Voucher – Local Entreprise Office (LEO)
Trading Online Voucher Scheme – It’s up to €2500 grant to help small businesses build or update a website.
Irish small businesses can apply for the Trading Online Voucher via their Local Entreprise Office (LEO) to avail up to €2500 (10% funding)..
The objective of the Trading Online Voucher scheme is to help small businesses grow their sales, exports and ultimately jobs.
Yes, you can get a new website, or an online store for just €250 out of your pocket!
How does it make you feel?
How do I apply for the Online Trading Voucher?
You need to find your Local Entreprise Office – If you do not know where it’s is, you can find it here.
Then you will need to register for a Trading Online Grant Information Session. It’s mandatory to attend the training before applying for the grant/voucher.
During the three hours presentation, the training will cover topics such as:
- Developing a website Digital marketing Social Media for business
- Search engine optimisation
- Application process Eligibility criteria
After the session, you will receive a form to apply for the voucher. I’m available to help you with this task. Please book a call with me here.
Note: training session is only for owner/managers who are interested in applying for the grant/voucher for their business.
What are the requirements for the Online Trading Voucher Scheme?
- Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500. The applicant contributes 10% of eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT)
- Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense
- Own labour is not an eligible expense
- Third party costs only will be considered
- All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. Tax and Business Registration details)
Which businesses are eligible for the voucher?
- Limited Online Trading presence
- Less than 10 employees Turnover less than €2m
- Applicant business must be registered and trading for at least 6 months
- Businesses must also have had a minimum turnover of €5,000 in the past six months or €10,000 in the past year to be eligible for this grant.
- Business must be located in one of the pilot areas under this phase of the scheme
How can I use my voucher?
- IT consultation
- Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website
- Implementing online payments or booking system
- Purchase of Internet related software
- Purchase of online advertising (this purchase cannot make up any more than 30% of approved Voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase)
- Developing an app (or multi-platform web pages)
- Implementing a digital marketing strategy i.e. Social media marketing
- Consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy
- Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an on-line trading activity
The voucher is not valid for development of brochure websites, purchase of non-internet related software, website hosting, or anything other than online trading related activity.
If you already received a first Online Trading Voucher in the past, you can still apply for a 2nd one if you need to upgrade their existing e-commerce capability. The second voucher would also have a requirement for co-funding of 10% by the applicant.
Last, you will have 9 months from date of approval to claim their grant.
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Are you interested in applying for the Trading On line Voucher? Get in touch today and I can talk you through the process and help with the application and/or implement your project – here.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you!