Limerick TD highlights Local Enterprise Office role in supporting small business

Kieran O'Donnell TD

BUSINESSES across Limerick were awarded Trading Online Vouchers worth €257,037 by the Limerick Local Enterprise Office last year as local firms looked to increase sales, reach new markets, and help create more employment opportunities. 

In addition to the 127 firms that benefitted from the voucher scheme, Limerick LEO also delivered mentoring to 237 participants across the city and county as well as training programmes to 2,274 participants.

Stating that the Limerick LEO team had helped maintain momentum for many small businesses looking to trade their goods and services online, Limerick Fine Gael TD Keiran O’Donnell said there was strong evidence of the success of the scheme and the demand for the vouchers across the micro-enterprise sector

“The scheme offers a 50 per cent co-funded voucher of up to €2,500 to help businesses, which have been trading for at least six months. This assists them in developing their online trading capability and includes training sessions that cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation,” he explained.

“Last year alone, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme had a total of 4,442 approvals across Ireland to a value in excess of €9.6 million.

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”I would urge early engagement by interested entrepreneurs to help get their business off the ground with the added value of the Local Enterprise Office’s knowledge, networks and advice behind their venture.”