Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (290)

Billy Kelleher

Question:

290. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocation to the digital trading vouchers provided by local enterprise offices, LEOs, in each of the years 2016 to 2018; the 2019 allocation; the amount expended in each such year; and the number of digital trading vouchers provided by LEOs in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county in tabular form. [16039/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are the first-stop-shop for advice and guidance, financial assistance and other supports for those starting or growing their business. The LEOs can offer financial assistance to microenterprises (10 employees or fewer) in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors which, over time, have the potential to develop into strong export entities. The LEOs also offer soft supports in the form of training and mentoring, and a signposting service to other relevant state supports.

Micro-enterprises may also avail of the Trading Online Voucher Scheme (TOVS) from the LEOs. The Scheme offers the opportunity for businesses to develop their website or digital marketing strategy by availing of vouchers of up to €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure.  The Trading Online Voucher Scheme was established under the 2013 National Digital Strategy and represents an example of effective partnership between the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE), The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the LEO Network. 

The tables below set out information regarding the amount expended in 2016-2018 and the number of digital trading vouchers provided by LEOs in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by county in tabular form. 

While the LEO Network operates the scheme, it does so on behalf of DCCAE.  Funding for the scheme is provided by the Government through DCCAE. 

  TOV Expenditure by LEO’s in each of the years 2016, 2017 and 2018

LEO Name

TOV   EXPENDITURE 2016 €

TOV   EXPENDITURE 2017 €

TOV   EXPENDITURE 2018 €

Carlow

32,348

24,206

21,888

Cavan

23,076

29,705

40,942

Clare

54,395

60,587

70,681

Cork City

42,159

45,866

56,916

Cork North & West

80,834

93,612

68,242

Cork South

49,003

64,315

49,830

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

90,649

146,412

127,383

Donegal

39,957

72,672

80,847

Dublin City

168,664

162,169

183,543

Dublin South

56,073

75,507

49,020

Fingal

72,898

106,733

84,739

Galway

78,387

92,735

82,340

Kerry

80,148

91,518

96,700

Kildare

38,383

81,421

45,932

Kilkenny

42,621

57,525

48,980

Laois

46,235

13,234

41,746

Leitrim

16,119

19,303

18,226

Limerick

83,276

101,697

64,736

Longford

13,941

17,743

19,475

Louth

72,068

82,169

81,090

Mayo

38,219

38,642

67,413

Meath

23,489

32,734

49,644

Monaghan

30,103

31,901

31,975

Offaly

34,627

24,180

26,789

Roscommon

37,528

36,653

38,535

Sligo

34,602

40,359

28,547

Tipperary

63,185

49,562

66,240

Waterford

58,558

44,259

67,606

Westmeath

39,098

38,882

40,178

Wexford

73,565

59,810

51,732

Wicklow

87,414

83,514

111,358

TOTAL

1,701,622

1,919,624

1,913,273

Approved TOVS 2016 - Qrt.1 2019

 

LEO

2016

2017

2018

Qrt.1   2019

Carlow

22

12

5

3

Cavan

14

20

15

4

Clare

37

32

33

12

Cork City

35

32

23

13

Cork North & West

55

42

47

16

Cork South

47

35

40

12

Donegal

25

48

47

13

Dublin City

104

140

114

26

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

74

78

56

20

Fingal

51

51

49

2

Dublin South

37

38

33

7

Galway  

54

44

53

16

Kerry

64

59

56

19

Kildare

24

43

40

5

Kilkenny

28

28

39

4

Laois

18

11

23

12

Leitrim

18

12

11

3

Limerick

58

45

24

9

Longford

12

15

13

2

Louth

39

55

42

2

Mayo

22

29

43

10

Meath

11

31

22

10

Monaghan

22

18

19

5

Offaly

14

15

21

1

Roscommon

18

22

23

6

Sligo

27

22

22

5

Tipperary

33

37

40

10

Waterford

49

46

30

9

Westmeath

25

29

26

10

Wexford

45

33

32

11

Wicklow

58

67

66

13

TOTALS

1,140

1,189

1,107

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