Trading Online Voucher Scheme: What You Need to Know
What is the Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
The government, through the National Digital Strategy provides financial support to small businesses that have less than 10 employees. The trading online voucher scheme provides grants up to €2,500 to help you get your business online *with co-funding of 10% from your business. In addition to this, the service provides training and advice to help your business trade online. Trading online is a vital aspect of modern business and the Trading Online Voucher Scheme cuts the costs making it a more affordable and viable investment and option for small businesses.
What is the criteria to apply for a Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
Applications are targeted towards companies with the following criteria:
- Limited or no e-commerce presence
- 10 or less employees
- Turnover is less than €2 million
- Your business must be trading and be able to provide clear proof of trading to the Local Enterprise Office for at least 6 months
- Your business must be located in the are covered by the Local Enterprise Office where the application is made.
My business already availed of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. Can I apply for a second time?
Where your website may need upgrading for example with payment facilities, booking processes or the development of new apps, businesses can apply for a second voucher. The voucher can also be used toward low cost online retail platform solutions such as Shopify to further increase the viability of establishing your online retail presence online.
Does the Trading Online Voucher Scheme include any training?
Making your business available online is a big decision. The local enterprise office provides training in the areas of website development, digital marketing, search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media. The Local Enterprise Office will help you to make an informed decision and provide impartial information about your online presence.
Where can I apply for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
Applications can be made to your Local Enterprise Office.
Can I work with an agency and use the Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
Working with an agency can provide you with the professional and experienced approach to the project. Discussing the project with an agency can help you build on the training received as part of the voucher and start your project.
How can I work with 3B1 Media & Marketing using my Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
To start your project with 3B1 we start with a free consultation that you can book online here. From there we put a strategy and proposal together for you that is tailored to your business goals and objectives. Take a look at some of our case studies and past projects here.