Written answers

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Departmental Schemes

Photo of Jennifer Carroll MacNeillJennifer Carroll MacNeill (Dún Laoghaire, Fine Gael)
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128. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the level of support provided under the trading online voucher scheme; the number of recipients over the past year in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, County Dublin and by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [60495/21]

Photo of Damien EnglishDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael)
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As the Deputy will be aware, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme is administered by the Local Enterprise Office network on behalf of my Department. This scheme aims to assist micro-enterprises in realising the potential of online trading and offers eligible businesses a voucher of up to €2,500 (50% co-funded by the recipient) to help them develop their online capacity.

This includes training sessions that cover various topics, such as developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation. The training and information provided is impartial and aims to help business owners decide on what trading online options, are right for their business.

The Scheme targets businesses with limited or no e-commerce presence and vouchers can be used towards adding payment facilities or booking systems to your website, developing new apps for your customers or towards subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions, which helps companies quickly establish a retailing presence online. There is also scope for the purchase of online advertising, but this cannot make up more than 30% of an approved voucher cost.

In response to the impact of COVID-19, previous voucher recipients are eligible to apply for a second voucher to further develop their online trading capacity.

Over the past two years, more than 1,000 vouchers have been approved by the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Local Enterprise Office, to a value of €2.3m. This funding has had a significant impact on the recipient businesses, allowing them to continue trading in spite of the necessary restrictions.

So far this year the Scheme has seen 4,306 approvals, to a value of €9,323,886 in all LEOs, with 243 vouchers to a value of €495,479 in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. The detail are set out in the following table.

Local Enterprise Office Approvals Value of Approvals €
Carlow 70 151,249
Cavan 51 105,281
Clare 115 287,500
Cork City 231 500,468
Cork N/W 176 387,668
South Cork 74 142,048
Donegal 130 279,883
Dublin City 636 1,449,148
South Dublin 138 345,000
Dun Laoghaire 243 495,479
Fingal 330 725,335
Galway 301 752,500
Kerry 182 372,673
Kildare 121 210,390
Kilkenny 86 190,330
Laois 68 150,094
Leitrim 29 72,500
Limerick 121 246,180
Longford 32 69,750
Louth 107 226,781
Mayo 152 316,278
Meath 158 309,589
Monaghan 24 46,567
Offaly 37 83,334
Roscommon 41 72,460
Sligo 62 122,357
Tipperary 84 151,143
Waterford 91 182,209
Westmeath 129 287,396
Wexford 159 324,237
Wicklow 128 268,059
TOTAL 4,306 9,323,886


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