Tallaght means business – online!

€2,500 grant can help grow your business through the Trading Online Voucher Scheme – Minister Katherine Zappone TD.

Tallaght firms wishing to join the revolution in online shopping and trading can avail of a new grant being offered by the Government, according to Dublin South West TD and Minister for Children, Dr Katherine Zappone. The Independent Minister says the grants are being provided to allow local businesses to take a slice of the €850,000 shoppers spend every hour online, 24 hours a day, every day.

The funding is being made available after research showed that one in four small businesses are missing out on the opportunity to expand and create new jobs.

Minister Zappone added:

“Tallaght is already established as one of the top shopping locations in the country, however as shoppers move increasingly online we must ensure that our small traders, which form the backbone of the local economy, are not left behind.

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a Government initiative lead by Minister for Communications Denis Naughten TD to assist small businesses to trade online.  Operated through the national network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices, the scheme offers a financial incentive of up to €2,500 (subject to match funding), along with training, mentoring and networking support.

If you own a small business, with 10 or fewer employees and less than €2m in revenue, with little or no capacity to trade online, call your Local Enterprise Office.

Over 2,000 small businesses have benefited so far, and roll-out of the scheme continues nationwide.

  • Benefit from expert advice and peer-to-peer support available
  • Halve the cost developing your online trade capacity [50% grant available, up to a maximum €2,500]
  • Increase your sales by on average 20%
  • Boost sales leads by over 80%
  • Increase your business exports – 3 in 5 export for the first time.

Contact your Local Enterprise Office today – LEO Dublin South at Tel. 01-4149000

Dublin South business owner, Dave McGeady of Wyldsson Ltd, (Manufacturer of healthy snack foods, Tallaght, Dublin 24), availed of the scheme:

“We heard about the scheme at the ideal time because it was time to raise our game and improve our website.  We received hugh support from our Local Enterprise Office from day one and throughout our project. With help from the Trading Online Voucher, Wyldsson has experienced an increase in sales and we now employ an additional 2 people full time. Today, exports account for 35% of sales.” (www.wyldsson.com)

About Rachel Lynch

Rachel Lynch
Journalist with InTallaght.

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