Find out about getting up to €2,500 towards a new website at the Regional Trading Online Seminar this April in Dublin.

The Local Enterprise Office of South Dublin in conjunction with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment are hosting a jam-packed FREE seminar in the Red Cow Moran Hotel on April 3rd! Attended by reps from Amazon, Facebook and RTE this is not to be missed.

“Special Promotional Regional Event for the Greater Dublin Area”

“This event will be hosted by South Dublin Local Enterprise Office and run by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment as part of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme on Monday 3rd April in Red Cow Moran’s Hotel, Naas Rd.  The greater Dublin area includes all of the Dublin LEOs along with the Local Enterprise Offices of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow 

The event is free to all businesses in the region to attend. The objective is to encourage more business in the region to consider trading online.”

What is an Online Trading Voucher?

The Local Enterprise Office states that the scheme has been launched:

…to support small Irish businesses to enhance their online trading presence. The objective of the scheme is to help small businesses grow their sales, exports and ultimately jobs.

These Online Trading Vouchers are available up to the value of €2,500 (50% of eligible costs up to the maximum of €2,500). 

The maximum project cost is therefore €5,000 (€2,500 your own costs and then €2,500 in online trading vouchers). The project total can go above and beyond €5,000, but the voucher maximum is €2,500. So plan ahead and maximise your investment in your online presence.

“Online Trading Voucher” or “Trading Online Voucher”?

The official line is “Trading Online Voucher”, but public consensus is calling them “Online Trading Voucher”, because that makes a lot more sense. They are the same thing.

Is my business eligible?

The vouchers are meant for businesses that either have none or a limited online trading presence. So this is the micro-checklist to see if you can apply:

  • Less than 10 employees
  • Turnover less than €2million
  • Applicants must be registered
  • Trading for minimum of 12 months.

Note: ineligible projects include those with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, ‘’not for profit’’ organisations, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce.

Vouchers can be used for:

The Trading Online Vouchers can be used for the

  • development or upgrade of an e-commerce website such as implementing online payments or booking systems
  • purchase of Internet related software
  • online advertising
  • development of an app
  • implementation of a digital marketing strategy
  • consultation with ICT experts for early stage adopters of online strategy
  • training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity

Vouchers cannot be used for:

  • Development of brochure websites
  • Purchase of non-internet related software
  • Anything other than online trading related activity

Mark your calendars – important dates! 

Below is a list of application deadlines and dates of Online Trading Voucher scheme information seminars (mandatory for most applications) across Ireland:

DUBLIN CITY – next seminar May 17th BOOK HERE

SOUTH DUBLIN – seminar April 3rd CLICK HERE

DUN LAOGHAIRE-RATHDOWN – next seminar on May 11th BOOK HERE

CARLOW – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

WICKLOW – deadline for applications is March 30th CLICK HERE

WESTMEATH – next seminar May 10th BOOK HERE

MEATH – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

KILDARE – find out more  HERE

OFFALY – deadline for applications April 27th HERE

CAVAN – deadline for applications is June 22nd  HERE

LOUTH – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE 

DONEGAL – next seminar on May 9th BOOK HERE

LONGFORD – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

LEITRIM – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

ROSCOMMON – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

MAYO – next seminar on April 6th  BOOK HERE

SLIGO – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

LAOIS – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

KILKENNY – deadline for applications is Arpil  7th BOOK HERE

LIMERICK next seminar May 23rd BOOK HERE

CLARE – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE


CORK NORTH & WEST – currently accepting applications HERE

SOUTH CORK – deadline for applications is April 5th APPLY HERE

CORK CITY – register expression of interest CLICK HERE

TIPPERARY – currently accepting applications CLICK HERE

WATERFORD – next seminar Arpil 6th BOOK HERE

WEXFORD – More info HERE

 There are a number of steps to the process, but the very first step in application is to register for one of the upcoming Online Trading Voucher Seminars. Follow this link to your Local Enterprise Office and follow the steps there.

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Good Luck!