Online Trading Vouchers Scheme

With the increasing trend in online spending, the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources (DCENR) wants to encourage small Irish businesses to develop their digital presence and has teamed up with the Local Enterprise Office Sligo as a pilot to deliver the Online Trading Vouchers Scheme.


It is estimated that only 23% of small Irish businesses use e-commerce in any meaningful way; and that of all the online purchases made in Ireland, 70% are related to purchases from overseas markets with this in mind the National Digital Strategy aims to get a further 2,500 businesses trading online by the end of 2015 to avoid missing significant commercial opportunities.

Online Trading Vouchers can be used for upgrading an e-commerce website, online payment systems, application development, internet related software and much more. The support available is up to €2500 or 50% excluding VAT.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (net of VAT)
  • Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense
  • ‘Own Labour’ is not an eligible expense
  • Only ‘third-party’ costs will be considered
  • All ‘third party’/supplier Invoices must contain comprehensive business details, incl. Tax & Business registration information

How to apply

In order to apply for an Online Trading Voucher, you must firstly attend a FREE training session on how to use and get the best value for money from the voucher.

The next training session takes place on the June 30th from 9.30am – 1pm.

To attend this Free Training session contact the Local Enterprise Office Sligo for an ‘Expression of Interest’ form.

Or contact the OSD Digital Agency Team on 071 9170024 or email to discuss this opportunity.

Please note as this is a Pilot scheme places are limited so we would recommend to express your interest as soon as possible to avail of this opportunity

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