Thu, 19th Mar, 2020

Small businesses throughout Ireland can avail of the Local Enterprise Office digital vouchers to support their business trade online.

The objective of the Trading Online Voucher scheme is to help small businesses take online payments, grow their sales, exports and ultimately jobs. Businesses will be able to apply for the Trading Online Vouchers grant up to €2,500 excluding vat (matched funding).

Download application form below. It is essential that you contact your Local Enterprise Office prior to discussing your Trading Online Voucher proposal prior to your grant application.

For anyone interested in this scheme they should attend one of the Local Enterprise Offices free mentoring clinics or Trading Online Vouchers information seminars for expert advice on how to make the most of the scheme on offer. Please contact your Local Enterprise Office to discuss your plans prior to application.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (Exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser;
  • 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).

The Trading Online Vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:

Limited Online Trading presence;

  • 10 or less employees;
  • Turnover less than €2m;
  • Applicant business must be registered and trading for at least 12 months;
  • Business must be located in the area covered by this phase of the scheme i.e. within the remit of the participating LEOs.

Ineligible Projects

  • Companies with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, “not for profit” organisations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce are not eligible to participate in the scheme;
  • Professional services specialising in IT type services who are already capable of trading online using existing in-house systems;
  • Conferences and Seminars;
  • Projects which are contrary to public policy;
  • Duplication of support for projects which would be eligible for assistance from other State Agencies of EU funded Operational Programmes;

What the Trading Online Vouchers can be used for:

  • IT consultation;
  • Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website;
  • Implementing Online payments or booking systems;
  • 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 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.

What the vouchers cannot be used for

  • Development of brochure websites
  • Purchase of non-internet related software;
  • Anything other than online trading related activity.

Applications will be assessed based on a competitive process. All applications are reviewed when the call closes and the review process should be completed within 10 working days.

The Dotser ePro eCommerce Trading Online Voucher solution is the most cost effective eCommerce solution on the market - further details available on the ePro eCommerce page