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Online Trading Vouchers

The Online Trading Voucher is a Governament initiative facilitated by Local Enterprise Offices to help local businesses like yours, to move into trading their products and services online. You can get grant funding up to €2,500 through the Online Trading Voucher scheme. Fastrack eCommerce have developed propriatory tools and a strategic approach aimed at helping you succeed.

So, why should you start selling online?

The unfortunate reality in Ireland is that 77% of Irish local businesses currently don’t sell anything online while 90% of the adult population in Ireland shops online. The digital economy is growing by 16% year on year and will be worth 17 billion in 2017.

As much as €700,000 is spent every hour online by consumers in Ireland, most of it going to retailers abroad. The stark reality for Irish retailers is that if you can sell online, you should. because there is a market for you not just in Ireland but around the world. The Irish Diaspora stands at around 70 million people. There’s a huge untapped market out there for Irish goods.

The message is clear and simple then – embrace the digital world or face a very bleak sales future.

What are the first steps you should take?

 The first piece of advice would be to have patience. Many people have spent thousands on an eCommerce store and wonder why they don’t get any sales. You have to market your online store. If you wait for sales to happen, they won’t.

That is why our approach is to ease you into it over time. We train you and support you to update your store yourself, which is essential to running an online shop. The main issue for many retailers is stock management, but this is a gradual process, and is something that will take time for you and your staff to adjust to.

How do you qualify?

  • Maximum of €2,500 available
  • Limited Online Trading presence currently
  • Businesses with Sales of less than 2 million and no more than 10 employees
  • Business must be registered and trading for at least 1 year
  • Voucher covers eCommerce website projects and related consultancy and activities. It specifically excludes ‘brochure or pure content based websites’

For experienced support and guidance on how the grant can best be utilized by your business, access our over 30 years eBusiness experience, plug into our propriatory eCommerce software options and be up and running in a matter of a few weeks.

Call Joe Taylor to chat about your online trading voucher project: 086 8518337

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