Want to start selling online?
Are you a small business in Westmeath and looking to sell your products or services online? Did you know that the Local Enterprise Office can help you? Local Enterprise Office Westmeath can provide small businesses with grants of up to €2,500 to help develop their website in order to generate online sales. The objective of the scheme is to help small businesses grow their sales and exports thus creating jobs.
The benefits of trading online for small businesses
Small businesses who invest even small amounts in trading online have experienced positive returns in terms of business growth.
In a survey conducted by 225 companies by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, measuring the impacts of trading online, showed that:
It is becoming more and more important every day for small businesses how best to use digital technology to benefit their business.
However not all small businesses are embracing this digital revolution. National data from the Central Statistics shows that only 23%, or less than 1 in 4, of Irish SMEs are trading online. The result is that 70% of all Irish spending online goes overseas.
The Local Enterprise Office wants to help change this by providing financial assistance to help small businesses compete in the digital space and embrace changing consumer preferences.
So if you want to:
Then improving your businesses online presence could be how you can achieve all this.
Trading Online Voucher Success Story!
The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:
- That have Limited Online Trading presence at the moment;
- 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. the business is registered in Co. Westmeath.
PLEASE NOTE: Local Enterprise Office is not responsible for any disputes between the applicant and 3rd party suppliers. Therefore we recommend that you adhere to best business practice and get three quotes as well as carry out due diligence before selecting a supplier
Full information on the vouchers and the application forms can be found at www.localenterprise.ie/westmeath
For email queries – firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 044 9338945
By accepting a Trading On-line Voucher, businesses agree to provide information on the impact on their business of trading on-line;
Reporting will include: Jobs (new or reallocated), Exports and/or domestic market expansion, Increase in revenue turnover, Reduced Costs, Expected follow on investment. This feedback will be essential to ensure that this programme is delivering for businesses like you.
Suppliers will be required to report on the impact of their products and services supplied to the applicant business.
Reporting will include how their product or service enabled trading on-line, improved business performance, reduced cost, opened markets etc.