Have you considered applying for the Trade Online Voucher? Access a grant of €2,500 or 50% of the eligible cost.
The TOV is a financial incentive to help small businesses to develop or grow their online trading presence. The grant will enable companies to adapt to trading online either by developing a new e-commerce website or upgrading an existing one in order to boost sales and reach new markets.
The TOV can provide up to €2,500 with a co-funding of 50% from your business.
Yes. It is possible to apply for a second TOV if, for example, upgrades are necessary. But approval is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the LEO. Previous voucher recipients cannot apply for a second voucher before they have submitted their final claim for their first voucher.
Applying for a TOV is easy – just visit the LEO website for full details and an application form. Then email your LEO with any specific queries and book your place on the online TOV webinar.
Anyone interested in applying for a TOV must attend the relevant webinar prior to application as this covers various important topics, including information on developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation (SEO). All of the information provided in this webinar is impartial and will help you decide on what trading online options are the best for your individual business.
After attending the webinar, applicants must complete an application form, which will be reviewed, scored, and then assessed by the LEO. Then if approved, you will receive a letter of offer detailing your award and its terms and conditions.
No, the voucher is approved from the date of the letter of offer and funds can only be drawn down from that date.
No, the TOV voucher will not be paid upfront. Instead, the successful applicant should pay their supplier and then use the supplier invoice for each section of work that is carried out. Then they must present this paperwork, along with evidence of tax compliance and bank statements, as proof of payment when submitting a claim for the voucher.
Yes, you can choose your own supplier, but you must get quotes from three different providers and produce evidence of these with your application.
Yes, you can use a portion of your TOV fund to develop a digital marketing strategy and this covers social media marketing and Search Engine Optimisation.
Yes, however, the purchase of online advertising cannot make up more than 30% of other approved Voucher costs (excluding online advertising costs)
Last Updated 18th April 2022