Online Trading Voucher Scheme

 Online Trading Voucher (OTV) Scheme

LEO Voucher Grant

LEO Voucher Grant

Small businesses throughout Ireland can apply for funding, a grant, to help their businesses trade online, grow their sales, exports and ultimately jobs.  Businesses are permitted to apply for one online trading voucher each, up to a value of €2,500 exclusive of VAT (matched funding: they match what you put in up to €2,500 ex VAT).

Download the application form for the Trading Online Voucher Scheme here.

The vouchers are targeted at businesses with the following profile:

  • Limited Online Trading presence;
  • Less than 10 employees;
  • Turnover less than €2m;
  • Applicant business must be trading for at least 6 months;
  • Business must be located in the area covered by participating LEOs.

What can the vouchers be used for?

Gartner Group

The areas Gartner Group say to focus on. It’s What I do!


  • IT consultation;
  • Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website;
  • Implementing Online payments or booking systems;
  • Purchase of Internet related software;
  • Purchase of online advertising (this purchase cannot make up any more than 30% of approved
    Voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase);
  • Developing an app (or multiplatform webpages);
  • Development of a digital marketing strategy;
  • Implementing a digital marketing strategy;
  • Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an on-line trading activity.

What I offer?

All of the above! I will tailor a solution to give you elements of each section, depending on your requirement.  Here is the summary of a proposal I did recently:

Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website

  • Branding Consultancy, logo development
  • Template website using the Branding scheme developed.

OR Implementing Online payments or booking systems

  • Robert additional work on new site to deliver the ecommerce function or booking system:

Purchase of online advertising

  • Advertising options:Adwords, Analytics, Facebook:
  • Adwords budget direct to Google:

Development of a digital marketing strategy

  • Research: meet, plan an outline strategy.

Implementing a digital marketing strategy


  • Social Media, Initial SEO on website, LinkedIN, Facebook, Twitter analysis, Google +, Youtube
  • Social media imagery pack for consistency of your message
  • Mailchimp branded template
  • Mail chimp implementation: import existing lists, segment, develop mail shot template:

Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an on-line trading activity

  • Monthly maintenance: Technicalities of the site, support for issues arising*, developing the monthly mailing campaign,  writing the blog, updating social media, twitter engagement. Three Months
  • Support trained staff: mentor, review metrics and performance, develop.
  • Branding Support for three months
  • Review

This will make up the €5000.00 invoice, VAT then to be added.  And all you pay me for is my time.  It would probably take 5 days spread over a number of months, so if you book me in advance for the days you get the weekly rate of €1500 payable in €300 blocks weekly.

*terms and conditions apply