130 online trading vouchers awarded to Westmeath businesses

Damien English, Meath West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Business, Employment and Trade.

One hundred and thirty-two online trading vouchers have been awarded to businesses in County Westmeath in 2021 by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO), a local minister has confirmed.

Damien English, Meath West Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Business, Jobs and Trade, said the figures show the digital transformation journey continues for businesses looking to increase sales and reach new markets, helping to create more employment opportunities in the county.

“I am grateful for the work done by the Westmeath LEO team in 2021 and for helping to maintain the momentum of many small businesses looking to trade their goods and services online,” said Minister English.

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme offers a 50% co-funded voucher of up to €2,500 to help businesses (trading for at least six months) develop their online trading capacity, and it includes training that covers a variety of topics, including including website development, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimization.

Between January 1 and December 31, 2021, nationwide, the Trading Online Voucher Scheme obtained a total of 4,442 approvals worth €9.6 million, which the minister said is a strong evidence of program success and demand. for checks in the micro-enterprise sector.

Minister English expressed satisfaction that the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, a demand-driven business support scheme, will continue to be a key part of the suite of interventions to help micro businesses grow and to thrive in the years to come and urges local business authorities to engage with their LEO to bring their business online.

Westmeath’s local business community was also offered a wide range of training, mentoring and financial support opportunities by LEO that catered to their specific business needs.

Minister English said: “In 2021, the Westmeath LEO connected 456 businesses with expert advice on their mentorship scheme. This is a valuable, free service open to business clients of the local business support agency.

“The program is designed to match the knowledge, skills, ideas and entrepreneurial capacity of experienced business practitioners with small businesses who will benefit from one-on-one practical and strategic advice and guidance.”

Regarding the training opportunities offered by LEO Westmeath, Minister English said: “Last year, 1,502 people took part in the wide range of one-day workshops, seminars and management development programs . Many of the business owners who have participated in these programs have demonstrated their determination to succeed, their desire to grow, and ultimately their ambition to create more job opportunities locally.

“The Westmeath LEO is a valuable first stop providing support and services to those looking to start, grow and grow a business in the county.

“I urge interested entrepreneurs to get on board early to help them start their business with the added benefit of the Local Enterprise Office knowledge, networks and guidance behind their business.”

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