Laois and Offaly businesses get help to trade online
Businesses in Laois and Offaly which have had to reconfigure to trading online received substantial funding to help them refocus toward digital trading during 2020.
A total of €691,506 was granted to 294 businesses across Laois and Offaly in 2020 through the Government's Trading Online Voucher Scheme.
There was €377,468 granted to 162 Laois businesses and €314,038 to 132 Offaly businesses over last year.
Laois/Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan is encouraging more businesses to access the grants.
“The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is designed to help support to small and micro-business to develop their online presence. As part of this there is a grant available of up to €2,500 to help them develop or enhance their ability to trade online.
“In addition, as part of the scheme, small and micro businesses can avail of peer to peer advice and support through the Local Enterprise Offices.
“Through the Trading Online Voucher Scheme. It is great to see local businesses developing and expanding their online offering, particularly during this challenging pandemic as it has offered a new route to market for many businesses affected by closures.
“It is for this reason that funding for the Scheme was increased from €2.3m to €39.8m in 2020 to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The Government also introduced new flexibilities to the Scheme including reducing the requirement for co-funding and allowing businesses to apply for a second voucher where they have successfully utilised their first one.
“I encourage any businesses in Laois and Offaly that have not yet applied for this Scheme to do so. In order to be eligible, an applicant business must have a limited online trading presence; 10 or less employees; turnover of less than €2 million; and must be trading for at least 6 months. Businesses should contact their local Enterprise Office for more information on how to apply," Dep Flanagan said.