There are currently two website development grants available in Ireland..
Grow your business with help from this Government grant scheme, designed to assist small businesses. It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500 along with training and advice to help your business trade online. Participating in this scheme can make the process of trading online much easier for you.
Pro Tip: You can get around the online trading requirements by offering your customers the option to pay for your services online!
Cutting the cost of developing your online trading capacity by up to 90% can make the investment very affordable for many small businesses out there. Information sessions cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation. The information provided is impartial and will help you decide on what trading online options, are right for your business.
To qualify for the scheme, businesses must have:
1. No more than 10 employees;
2. Less than €2m in turnover;
3. Be trading for at least 6 months and
4. Be located in the region of the local enterprise office to whom they are applying.
Over 2,000 businesses, just like yours, have already benefitted from the scheme. Don’t get left behind. Your Local Enterprise Office can help and support you throughout the process. Voucher numbers are limited so contact us today for more information and application details.
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.
For many businesses, the question is not whether to trade online, it’s how to start. At least 2,000 small businesses have found answers to that question and a helping hand to take that step through the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. Some of them are your competitors.
The first port of call for any small business thinking of developing their trading online capacity is to contact their Local LEO
The Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) fund is designed to help people who are in receipt of the Short-Term Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.
It helps with certain costs involved in starting a business. You do not have automatic entitlement to TAT - the assistance awarded from this fund must be approved by the jobs facilitator in your local social welfare office.
Payments from the fund must be made directly to the provider of the service (or in other words the company that you decide to help you with your website needs). Your local jobs facilitator or enterprise officer can give you more information on sources of help and funding. Having been through the process ourselves we can assure you that it is easy to do and it merely takes
1. A conversation with ourselves about your needs
2. A quotation based on that conversation
3. Handing the quote and a funding request form to your facilitator (You'll have gotten one once your business is approved for BTWEA)
The TAT grant will pay for up to €500 of the costs with a 20% minimum contribution from the apllicant. If you need any more information, the Citizens Information website is a fantastic source!