Factsheet for case IE-2020-15/795 – Updated – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 07 April 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Reorientation of business activities
– Creation of platforms for businesses aimed at customer
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Case created||26 April 2020 (updated 10 May 2021)|
|Related ERM support instrument|
Under the Government’s National Digital Strategy, the expanded Trading Online Voucher Scheme helps small businesses with up to 10 employees to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets. There is up to €2,500 available through the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) with co-funding of 10% from the business. This is one of a series of measures to assist small businesses to deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.
This funding measure assists micro-enterprises to trade more online, boost sales and reach new markets. There is up to €2,500 available through the Local Enterprise Offices with co-funding of 10% from the business.
Funding can be used towards adding payment facilities or booking systems to the funding recipient's website or developing new apps for customers. The voucher can also be used towards subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions, to help companies quickly establish a retailing presence online.
The scheme runs until 30 September 2020.
According to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, up to 30 December 2020, 12,570 applications were approved with a total value of €29.75 million.
According to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, between 1 January 2021 and 3 March 2021, a further 2,379 applications were approved with a total value of €5.51 million.
|Does not apply to workers||
One person or microenterprises
|Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2020), Trading online voucher scheme, case IE-2020-15/795 (measures in Ireland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.