WHAT IS THE TRADING ONLINE VOUCHER?
It is a Government funded initiative that will pay up to 50% or a max of €2,500 (ex VAT) of the costs to small business owners when you implement online payments and eCommerce functionality on your website.
You fill in the form and submit to your local Enterprise Office and once you have completed a pre-qualifying training session you are good to go.
Once you pay for the work you submit copies of the paid invoices to the LEO and they send you out a cheque for 50% of the cost
How easy is that?
WHAT CAN I USE THE TRADING ONLINE VOUCHER FOR?
The voucher is not just limited to online trading capabilities on your site. Below are the main categories when the funding is applicable:
- 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 multiplatform webpages)
- Implementing a digital marketing strategy
- Development of a digital marketing strategy
- Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an on-line trading activity
HOW DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE GRANT?
There are some guidelines available on the LEO websites but to break it down into plain points see below:
- No more than 10 employees
- Less than €2m in turnover
- Trading for at least 12 months
- Be located in the region of the local enterprise office to whom they are applying.
Nothing too challenging here and from our dealings with Local Enterprise Offices around the country the success rate for qualifying companies is very high once they involve a knowledgeable web design company to assist them with their application.
Where can I get the trading online voucher forms?
You can download the forms right here in both digital or printable options
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
It really depends on you. Once the application is submitted you have 3 months to complete the project. From experience, we can typically turn around a project in a couple of weeks.
Content and imagery are crucial to the success of your online venture as without this there is no way for Google to understand what you are promoting or selling.
Our aim with every project is to get your site ranking in the search results because of our strategic approach to content and site structure. This is more of a long term play but there are other options available for an immediate return.
We can use targeted advertising on platforms such as Facebook, Google Ads or even Twitter and LinkedIn if that’s where your potential clients hang out. This method is great for jump starting campaigns until the content starts to rank on page one of Google.
WHEN DO I GET THE FUNDING?
Typically once the site is finished and the full invoice is paid we see clients receiving a cheque within a couple of weeks. There are no payment options available for your web developer except a final payment in full.
On receipt of the payment, your web developer needs to submit a copy of the paid invoice and their tax clearance number to the LEO and that’s it.
HOW CAN YOU GET STARTED?
The easiest way to get the ball rolling is to talk to one of our web developers or consultants and see if your business is suitable for the grant.
We offer this service free of charge with no obligation to use our team in the actual work. Our team are on standby and will talk you through everything you need to know.
Just give us a call on 059 9105049 or fill in the form below