The trading online voucher allows businesses financial help with getting their business online and drive sales. The grant offers funding of 50%, up to a total of €2,500. Businesses who have already received a trading online voucher can apply for a second voucher where updates are required.
Anyone who is following me for a while will have heard we talk about this one already. I don’t have a proper post on it so I wanted to have something permanent on my website as there are still plenty of businesses who are availing of this scheme and some businesses are applying for second vouchers. Apologies to everyone else for the repetition.
The grant is available to businesses who satisfy the following criteria:
- Limited or no e-commerce presence
- 10 or fewer employees
- Turnover less than €2m
- Applicant business must be trading for at least 6 months and be able to show proof of this
- Business must apply to their local LEO
This is a great opportunity for small businesses to start trading online whether by upgrading their e-commerce website, creating a booking system, adding payment facilities, adding stock management facilities, improving SEO or upgrading current systems. Funding can be used for subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions. It can also be used to help with digital marketing strategies, training specific to digital marketing, purchase of online advertising and professional photography.
The trading online voucher will not cover expenditure on brochure websites. A brochure website is one that just displays goods or services without any interactive facility. The website can be classed as eligible for the grant once there is interaction on it through a payment system or booking system.
Before applying for the grant, businesses are required to do a free information seminar with their local enterprise office to help them determine where the grant would be best utilised in their business. You will need to contact your local enterprise office for the application form as each LEO tends to do things differently. Find your local LEO here.
For other information about grants and supports available to small businesses, check out my blog here.