You will have no doubt seen on our social media channels over the past few months that we keep mentioning the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. If this doesn’t sound familiar, it’s when we keep asking you if you want a grant of €2500 to improve your website for your business (who doesn’t!?). 
Whilst this is a highly popular scheme run by the government, it isn’t without its hard work so we’re going to let you know what to expect. But trust us, it’s worth it! Before you can get the grant, there are a few things that must be carried out. 
1. Attend an online seminar 
This is where you will learn more about the scheme, how the grant can be used, and how to apply. In addition, there will be really useful tips and advice on taking your business online and best practices in SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). 
All seminars are online at the moment and last about 3 hours. The next date for Fingal is 13th May and for Dublin City it is 22nd June and can be booked via the Local Enterprise Office website. You can attend the seminars from anywhere in the country but you can only apply for the Grant from your local Enterprise Office. 
Before attending, we encourage you to prepare and have a well thought out strategy. What do you want from your new website? What are your expectations and logistics behind selling online? Have you thought about where you will deliver? Who are your customers? Who are your competitors? These are the kind of questions you need to ask yourself to prepare. 
Do your research on web designers too – find the best one for your business. Make sure that they are just as interested in the future of your business as you are and it’d be even better if they can offer your business advice as well as building your website. 
2. Fill out the online application 
This will assess your business in areas such as expansion and export potential, financial sustainability, and project suitability. 
You need to answer all the essential questions asked and provide 3 quotes for the work to be carried out. In some regions this can only be done online. 
If your application is successful, a letter of offer - detailing the works and approved amount - will be sent to you so you can engage your preferred supplier. You will then have four months to complete the work. 
Yes, we know that even after explaining the process, it might seem a bit complicated! Thankfully, we have the wonderful Steve Taber on hand here at it’seeze Web Design Dublin, who not only is an expert on all things website design, but also has experience in sales, logistics, and distribution for some very large companies. He knows this scheme like the back of his hand and will be there to guide you through this complicated process, making it hassle-free and totally worth the effort! 
He also prides himself on getting to know you and your business and supporting you, not just your website. The voucher scheme is a wonderful opportunity, but can be difficult unless you work with someone as knowledgeable as Steve. 
For help applying for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, please do get in touch with us as we can offer great business advice and affordable website packages, as well as helping you through the complicated process. Alternatively, further information can be found on the Local Enterprise Office website. 
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