Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2193)

Colm Brophy

Ceist:

2193. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of businesses that have received support from the online trading vouchers scheme since 2011, by year and county in tabular form. [32055/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

In July 2014, my Department launched the Trading Online Voucher Scheme nationally, following a successful pilot in the Dublin area. The Scheme is funded by my Department and administered in partnership with Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEO) nationwide. It offers financial assistance of up to €2,500, subject to match funding, coupled with training, mentoring and networking supports to help small businesses to develop their ecommerce capability. Small businesses, with 10 or fewer employees and less than €2m in revenue, that have little or no capacity to trade online are eligible to apply.

Those interested in applying for the Scheme must first undertake mandatory training, provided nationwide by the Local Enterprise Office network. The training is mainly focused on basic ecommerce topics, steps for developing your business website, use of Social Media for business, and on specifics of the actual Scheme such as eligibility and allowable expenditure.

The number of businesses that have received the mandatory training provided under the Scheme per annum is below.

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Total

*

4,018

3,497

4,010

4,141

745

16,411

Once the mandatory training is completed, businesses can then decide to submit an application to the Scheme, if they so wish.

The number of businesses approved for funding under the Scheme, per county, can be found in the following table.

County

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 (up to end June 2019)

TOTAL

Carlow

18

29

22

12

5

5

91

Cavan

6

12

14

20

15

6

73

Clare

3

21

37

32

33

19

145

Cork City

21

30

35

32

23

29

170

Cork North & West

20

83

55

44

47

30

279

Cork South

16

77

45

37

40

21

236

Donegal

28

35

24

48

47

24

206

Dublin City

40

97

98

140

114

65

554

Dublin South

8

24

37

38

33

24

164

DLR

30

91

75

78

56

40

370

Fingal

53

48

51

51

49

36

288

Galway

6

20

58

44

53

35

216

Kerry

33

52

85

59

56

36

321

Kildare

28

45

24

43

40

26

206

Kilkenny

26

42

27

28

39

12

174

Laois

5

20

18

11

23

17

94

Leitrim

22

15

18

12

11

6

84

Limerick

25

52

58

46

24

18

223

Longford

3

12

12

15

13

8

63

Louth

14

28

39

55

42

9

187

Mayo

13

21

22

29

43

18

146

Meath

6

15

11

31

22

29

114

Monaghan

2

21

23

18

19

13

96

Offaly

6

24

14

15

21

9

89

Roscommon

4

22

19

22

23

12

102

Sligo

32

25

23

22

22

13

137

Tipperary

19

44

33

37

40

21

194

Waterford

29

32

49

42

30

13

195

Westmeath

9

29

26

29

26

14

133

Wexford

16

38

44

38

32

20

188

Wicklow

50

82

58

68

66

16

340

Total

591

1186

1154

1196

1107

644

5878