header strip image

Finance your eCommerce Website with an Online Trading Voucher

ecommerce website The Online Trading Voucher Scheme, recently launched by the DCENR, provides small companies with a chance to develop their eCommerce website or digital marketing strategy by offering them grants of up to €2,500 or FIFTY % of eligible expenditure.

Recent statistics reveal, that although Irish people spend over €4 billion Euro per year online, only a small fraction of this spending goes to Irish businesses. This is because only approx 23 % of Irish small businesses have online presence and actively engage in eCommerce.

The Online Trading Voucher System aims to change this statistic. Recognising the growing importance of the digital economy, Minister Rabbitte  announced that he was setting aside €5m in 2014 to assist in the roll-out of a national trading-online voucher scheme, aimed at getting 2,000 small Irish businesses trading online.

Eligibility Standard

  • Online Trading Vouchers will be available to a maximum amount of EUR2,500 or 50 % of qualified expense (ex VAT), whichever is the lower. The business owner will be expected to match the voucher amount received.
  • Voucher authorization must be obtained prior to incurring any kind of cost.
  • Own labour and cost are not an eligible expense, only third party costs will be taken into consideration.
  • All 3rd party/supplier invoices must include proper business information (e.g. Tax and Business Registration details).


Eligible Businesses

  • Minimal or no prior online trading presence
  • Less than 10 employees
  • Turnover less than EUR 2m
  • Applicant business must be officially registered and trading for at least 12 months
  • Business should be located in among the pilot locations under this scheme
  • Online Trading Vouchers will be available to businesses throughout Ireland including cities and areas such as Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Kerry & Waterford.


Projects ineligible for the grant

  • Charities, semi-state companies, “not for profit” organizations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce
  • Professional services specialising in IT type solutions that are currently capable of trading online
  • Conferences and Seminars
  • Projects which are contrary to public policy
  • Businesses with more than 10 employees
  • Projects essentially consisting of importation and circulation


What the Online Trading Vouchers can be used for

  • IT consultation
  • Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website
  • Implementing Online payments or booking systems
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Purchase of online advertising – Pay Per Click (PPC). This purchase cannot make up any more than 30% of approved Voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase.
  • App Development
  • Purchase of Internet related software
  • Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an on-line trading activity


What the vouchers cannot be used for

  • Development of brochure websites
  • Purchase of non-internet related software
  • Anything other than online trading related activity


How To Apply

In order to apply for an Online Trading Voucher you must first attend a training session on how to use and get the best value for money from the voucher. The next training session will take place on Tuesday, 10th June 2014.

More information here… Online Trading Vouchers

Contact Details


090 975 9542

“Highly experienced in business coaching Joanna adds the invaluable qualities of a committed manager to her professional skills. She simply loves her work. Available day and night if needed in a critical moment of development or deadlines, just recently Joanna proved once again to be an outstanding business partner for me. I wonder if there is another service provider out there like her. She delivered a great website, coaching me through the pr… Read more Aglae Hagg-Thun