Due to the enormous pressure that businesses are facing due to Covid-19 the Local Enterprise Offices around the country have increased the grant value from 50% to 90% for any business that has the capability of selling their products or services online. So if you’re quoted a price of €2000 for a website, you end up only having to pay €200 and LEO pay the rest of the cost.
The process is extremely simple and we have helped over 30 different businesses around the country get the full value of the grant.
Online Trading Voucher Conditions
There are a couple of conditions that you need to comply with in order to be able to apply for the grant which I’ll list below.
- You must have 10 or less employees.
- Your turnover must be less than 2 million.
- Your business must be trading for the last 6 months.
Process of Attaining the eCommerce Grant
Step one is to download the application and fill out as much as possible. Once that’s done you need to get three different web design quotes. Once you submit your application you should book yourself in for a mandatory online webinar which explains the benefits of the online trading voucher and how the process works. You can see an example of an available webinar for the Cork region in the screenshot below. And when you’re on the LEO website it can be found in the Training & Events section.
eCommerce Grant Available Nationally
Each county has it’s own dedicated section on Local Enterprise Office website but you can access the link to the main page by visiting here.
Timescale for Approval of Online Trading Voucher
Once you have all of this completed and your application submitted it normally takes a few weeks to be approved. Once you get your approval letter you can tell your web developer to begin the work. Once important thing to remember is not to hand over any money before you’re given your grant approval as it won’t count towards the cost of the website.
As always we’re here to assist so if you need help with the application form or need a quote to submit your application you get in touch using the link below.