Over the past 24 months, some 2,000 small Irish businesses have availed of the Local Enterprise Office [LEO] Trading Online Voucher Scheme. Offering a website grant up to the value of €2,500, Irish SMEs are encouraged to create their first website or redevelop their existing website using part funding from Enterprise Ireland. There’s a caveat. LEO will grant finance up to 50% of the cost of the website development. That means you’ve got to stump up €5,000 on upgrading your website in order to qualify for the maximum grant of €2,500.
It might be argued, as with rent subsidies or first time buyers allowance, that all this serves to do is drive up the price of getting a website!
Your first website shouldn’t cost you €2,500, let alone €5,000, but with the trading online vouchers, the temptation for web design and development companies is surely to drive up prices where buyers effectively have a discount coupon in hand. Not to mention the bureaucracy in attaining the online voucher. As LEO Dublin says themselves, the application process for the Vouchers will be a competitive process! Check out the prerequisites in the trading online voucher scheme application form.
So, it’s not for the faint-hearted, nor the small business operating as a sole trader (must be a CRO registered limited company to be eligible). It quickly becomes a less appealing proposition once you look in to it.
Enter SURF MERCHANT’s trading online grant! What we grant you is your own website to get your business started online free-of-charge. No application forms, no eligibility criteria, no processing time, interviews or cross-checks. Simply request a new website and we’ll deliver it within a matter of days rather than months or years!
How it works
Complete the website request form
You have full control over where the website goes and what goes on the website
Why Give-away A Website?
Once you business has a fully functional, mobile responsive website online and generating customer traffic, we are available on a pay-as-you-go flat rate basis of €50 per hour to help make all the changes and upgrades you wish as your business develops and your business needs change.