Trading Online Vouchers

DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK DECISIONS ON THE OUTCOME OF YOUR TOV APPLICATION MAY BE DELAYED BUT WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO INFORM THE OUTCOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

 

LEO Wicklow has experienced significant response to this e-commerce support and at the moment we have received applications in excess of our current allocation of vouchers.

As a result of this, we are pausing the scheme and are not in a position to accept further applications for the TOV scheme until we receive notice of additional allocation.

We regret this situation and will advice as soon as possible when we are in a position to accept applications subject to receiving further funding.

ONLINE TRADING - NDS LogoBusiness owners who have attended a Trading Online seminar, have the form completely filled in and have the required two quotes can submit their application. Please note that incomplete applications cannot be assessed and will be delayed.

NOTE:  You must have attended a Trading Online Voucher Seminar (with any of the LEO offices) within the past 9 months to be eligible to apply.

The next Wicklow Seminar takes place on: Tuesday, 16th of June 2020 - REGISTER HERE

You can also attend an Online Trading seminar through one of the other 31 LEO offices, to book an earlier date please visit: www.localenterprise.ie/response/  

In ALL cases approvals are subject to funding being made available for the scheme.

What is it?

The voucher is a financial incentive for small businesses to develop or enhance their ability to trade online. Under the scheme, a qualifying business may apply for funding to a maximum value of 2,500 or 90% of eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser. Following approval of their application, a successful applicant can engage suppliers and upon completion of the work, submit a request for payment to the LEO in line with the terms and conditions of their voucher.

The application process for the vouchers will be a competitive process.

Who is eligible?

The vouchers are targeted at businesses that have a limited or no online trading presence; less than 10 employees; turnover less than € 2million; Applicants must be registered in County Wicklow and trading for a minimum of 6 months*.

Previous voucher recipients may apply for a second voucher

*applicant business must provide clear proof of trading for a minimum of 6 months to their Local Enterprise Office

Note: 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.

From the 7th of April – 30th of September 2020 these additions to the Trading Online Voucher will be implemented:

  • The requirement for co-funding in respect of applications received after 7 April 2020 is reduced from 50% to 10%
  • The introduction of a second voucher of up to €2,500 for businesses that have already availed of a voucher under the Scheme but who find themselves needing to upgrade their existing e-commerce capability. The second voucher would also have a requirement for co-funding of 10%. Applicants for a second voucher are also required to participate in an information session if they have not attended an information session in the last 9 months.
  • The drawdown of payments in respect of new vouchers in two instalments rather than in one instalment as is presently the case. ​
  • Subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions are eligible expenditure under the scheme, is to allow applicants to quickly establish a retailing presence online.
  • Additional project evaluation criterion - How will the project aid the business during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
  • In respect of projects that had been granted an extension on or prior to 7 April 2020, LEOS have the discretion to extend the two months and one month extension periods referenced above by up to a further three months -  subject to drawdown being capable of being completed within an overall period of 15 months from the voucher approval date.

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;
  • Developing an app (or multiplatform webpages);
  • Development of a digital marketing strategy;
  • Implementing a digital marketing strategy;
  • Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage online trading activity.
  • Subscriptions (excluding transaction costs) to low cost online retail platform solutions, which would allow applicants to quickly establish a retailing presence online.
  • Purchase of Online Advertising (this purchase cannot make up any more than 30% of all other approved Voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase);
  • Purchase of Professional Photography (this expenditure cannot make up any more than 80%of all other approved voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase)

 Vouchers cannot be used for:

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

How to apply

  1. You should have attended a TOV seminar within the previous 9 months before applying.  If you have any queries please call the office on 0404 30800 or email enterprise@leo.wicklowcoco.ie 
  2. Open and print the application form and guidelines below, familiarise yourself with the guidelines and the documentation that is needed to apply for the grant.
  3. Fill out the application form.  There is a PDF version attached which you need to download and save before you start filling it in.  
  4. Email one copy of the application form and quotes to enterprise@leo.wicklowcoco.ie (note do not send several emails, please ensure all documents are on the one email)
  5. Post a hard copy of the application form and additional documents to:

Trading Online Voucher Administration
Local Enterprise Office Wicklow
Clermont House
Wicklow County Campus
Rathnew
Co. Wicklow

If you have any questions or need assistance call us on Tel: 0404 30800.

Deadline for receipt of applications:

Once you have the application completely filled in and the required quotes you can submit your application provided that you have attended the Trading Online Seminar in the last 9 months.

Incomplete applications cannot be assessed until complete. Additional documentation may be requested. 

Good luck to all applicants.

NOTE:

  • In ALL cases approvals are subject to funding being made available for the scheme. 

  • Applications will ONLY be assessed if complete, with two quotes and both signed hard copy and emailed soft copy is received ahead of the deadline.

  • Please read Terms & Conditions on the application form before submitting.

  • Please note that the grant aid will not be provided in respect of any expenditure incurred prior to obtaining official notification of grant approval.

See below, a video about how trading online helped The Happy Pear in Greystones: 

Barbara Gordon of www.whatswhat.ie provided us with the following testimonial on the Trading Online Voucher Scheme:

"I've received my Trading Online Grant and I want to thank you so much for that support. I want to also thank you for guiding me through the process and the form filling. You helped making it very streamlined for me as filling out forms is something I hate doing. My new WhatsWhat.ie revamp and upgrade looks amazing".

 

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