You may not be aware, but the Irish government is offering a grant of up to €2500 to Irish small businesses to get them selling online during COVID.
Businesses that have availed of this scheme before, are entitled to reapply. Thousands of Irish businesses are already availing of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme.
The scheme offers advice and training as well as cash. The Irish government wants to help more small businesses in Ireland trade online. Especially since the COVID outbreak. Since the scheme began over 5,000 small Irish businesses have received funding and over 12,000 have received training.
40% of Irish SMEs don’t have a website, and 68% of those that do have a website don’t have the facility to process payments online.
IE Domain Registry
Who is eligible for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme ?
Your business qualifies for this scheme if …
- Your turnover is less than 2 million euros.
- You employ no more than 10 persons.
- You apply to your local Enterprise Ireland office.
- You have been trading for at least 6 months.
- You have limited or no e-commerce presence;
How does this help my business?
“Businesses that participated in the scheme reported that on average they saw their sales increase by 20%, with an 80% jump in sales leads and 3 in 5 exporting for the first time.”
According to the relevant government minister….
“The Trading Online Voucher Scheme provides much-needed support in this regard and I am delighted that at least 3,000 small businesses will avail of it in 2019.”
Irish Government minister Bruton
It’s important to note, Enterprise Ireland is willing to match 90% of the funds required to create your online e-commerce platform up to a value of 2,500€.
This is a really great deal that your business should seriously consider taking advantage of.