Application Deadline: 06/01/2022
Applications are now open for the Online Retail Scheme to support ambitious Irish based retailers looking to grow and improve sales online and to strengthen their ecommerce capabilities.
The applicant must be an Irish based enterprise with a retail presence that had 10 or more full-time employees on a full-time equivalent basis in the latest accounting period or has grown to this level since that date (up to the date of current call), and has the potential to sustain or create jobs, generate growth in online transactions and with an ambition to internationalise their business in future.
- For smaller retailers (those with 10 or less employees) looking to develop their online presence, the Local Enterprise Offices offer the Trading Online Voucher scheme (TOVS). This scheme provides businesses with a voucher for €2,500 to help them to develop their E-commerce capabilities and includes training in digital marketing and social media.
- Local Enterprise Office clients can also avail of other programmes in conjunction with the TOVs, such as LEAN for Micro and Green for Micro, which can help reduce costs and increase efficiencies within their business.
- LEAN for Micro provides businesses with consultancy support from a LEAN Expert (a qualified practitioner), who will work with the company to introduce lean principles, undertake a specific cost savings project and assist the company in benchmarking its performance.
- Green for Micro offers two days of intensive mentoring, including a sustainability audit and action plan designed to help “green” a business. This programme includes free advice and technical support on resource efficiency, a better understanding of carbon footprint and advice on how to implement an environmental management system to reduce costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Successful applicants will receive a grant ranging from €10,000 to a maximum of €64,000.
The Scheme provides direct financial support to retail companies to develop a more competitive online business offering to complement their in-store offering. It is administered by Enterprise Ireland and there is €9.3 million available in this round of funding.
Official Website: Online Retail Grant Scheme to Enhance Business in Ireland