1. What is the Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is an initiative by the Department of Enterprise to encourage Irish businesses to build an online presence. This can be in the form of Website Design and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) Services including Google my Business creation among other SEO services. The grant allows businesses to claim back up to €2,500. This applies to businesses with 10 or less employees. Please bear in mind this relates to full time employees. One of my clients recently got approved for this because they had 8 Full-Time employees, and 6 sub-contractors. The Local Enterprise Board was happy to approve the grant as the total amount of Full-Time employees was under 10.
The reason behind this is to get Irish Businesses online. The recent Covid Pandemic highlighted the need for businesses to have an online presence as many businesses were closed while many others were able to trade online and sell their goods using an Ecommerce Website. From Shoe Shops to Cafes, having an online facility people can use and pay for goods is a full sure way to increase a business’s profit.
2. Am I eligible for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
There are certain eligibility criteria you have to be aware before applying for this scheme. You need to apply online via the Local Enterprise Board website and all eligibility criteria is listed, Click here.
I have been in contact with the Local Enterprise Board. If you wish me to check your eligibility, please send me your business details and I will contact them on your behalf. You can use my Contact Page to message me.
I have been in contact with the Cork North and West Enterprise Board and their catchment area is Bandon, Bantry, Castletownbere, Charleville, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Fermoy, Inishannon, Kanturk, Kinsale, Mallow, Mitchelstown, Newmarket, Rosscarbery, Skibbereen and The Beara Peninsula.
If you are outside these areas, you can still apply to your Local Enterprise Board. This can be located – https://www.localenterprise.ie/Find-Your-Local-Enterprise-Office/
Here are the Eligibility Criteria for businesses wanting to apply for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme:
- Limited or no trading capacity online
- 10 or less full-time employees
- Turnover less than €2 million
- Applicant businesses must be trading at least 6 months
- You must apply to the correct Local Enterprise Board that services your area
3. How do I apply for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
It is a necessity to partake in a Webinar hosted by the Local Enterprise Board. You can then make your application. They normally run every two weeks and you can BOOK HERE.
Please note you can also apply for a 2nd Voucher if you need SEO services or a Website uplift.
4. What services do Royal SEO provide under the Trading Online Voucher Scheme?
Royal SEO provide Web Design, Web Development and SEO Services to all business’s looking to create an online presence. We design everything from Small Business Websites to Large E-Commerce Stores. We provide Web Design in West Cork, North Cork and all surrounding areas Ireland wide. We also provide SEO services including all Local SEO Services such as Google My Business, creating local citations and improving a businesses online reviews and reputation.
If you are looking for a Web Designer in West Cork or County Cork, look no further. Royal SEO can build you the best in WordPress Websites. Currently you can claim back 50% of the costs for this with the Trading Online Voucher Scheme Initiative. We also provide the best in SEO Services in Cork and beyond which can also be claimed as part of this Voucher. We can rank your website Number One for your industry in your location. If you want to avail of this, feel free to contact me here or give me a call on 085 1875571.