Trading Online Voucher Scheme

Applications being accepted for Trading Online Voucher Scheme

TOV updated image 2017

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme assists small businesses to trade online.  Eligible businesses can apply for a voucher of up to €2,500 matched by own funding to invest in developing their e-commerce capability.

With the trend ever increasing towards online spending it is estimated that only 23% of small Irish businesses are engaged in any meaningful way in eCommerce sales. For businesses employing less than ten people this percentage could be even lower. It is now believed that of online purchases made in Ireland that 70% of these are done in overseas markets.

There is now an urgency to ensure that businesses recognise that this is happening and that they are encouraged and supported to correctly respond to this digital reality.

In order to support this goal, The Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources launched the Trading Online Voucher Programme nationally and has teamed up with the Local Enterprise Offices to deliver this to Irish businesses. We also run free website clinics and information seminars to help businesses improve their e-commerce capability. 

Next deadline date for receipt of applications:

  • The 29th of September 2017. 

Next Trading Online Voucher Information Seminars:

***APPLY TO LEO WEST CORK

***APPLY TO LEO NORTH CORK

Impacts of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme

For more on how the Trading Online Voucher Scheme can benefit your business please see here for the 2016 report on the Impacts of the Trading Online Scheme. For example returns from businesses surveyed showed that:

  • 21% was the average increase in sales
  • 84% experienced an increase in customer enquiries
  • 73% said that the new online business was additional and did not displace existing sales
  • growing businesses expect to recruit on average 1.4 more employees
  • 3 out of 5 businesses begin to export
  • 89% said that the trading online component of their business will become more important in the next six months.

For more on the impact of digital/internet on the Irish economy please see the recent Indecon Report

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The vouchers are targeted at businesses that have a limited online trading presence; less than 10 employees; turnover less than €2million; applicants must be registered and trading for minimum of 12 months.
  • Ineligible projects include those with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, ''not for profit'' organisations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce.

Vouchers cannot be used for:

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

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 in one payment phase)
  • Developing an app
  • Implementing a digital marketing strategy
  • Consultation with ICT experts
  • Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage online trading activity

Terms and Conditions

  • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% 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).
  • Three Quotes must be provided for costs at application stage, otherwise application will not be considered.  
  • See here for FAQs

Please use this Website Development Guide - guidelines and template for business owners, to enable more effective working with web development companies - when you are planning you e-commerce commerce project and engaging with potential suppliers. 

For queries to LEO West Cork  (023 8834700)

Email: christine.heffernan@leo.corkcoco.ie

Attn: Christine Heffernan, Business Adviser

Address: 8 Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

***APPLY TO LEO WEST CORK

 

For queries to LEO North Cork  (022 43 235)

 

Email: joan.kelleher@leo.corkcoco.ie

Attn: Joan Kelleher, Business Adviser 

Address: Blackwater House, Mallow Business Park, Gouldshill, Mallow, Co. Cork

 

 

 

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