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FREE e-Book : A Salon’s Guide to the Trading Online Voucher scheme
Your local Enterprise Office will pay 50% of the costs up to a maximum of €2500 to improve your Salon's online presence.
For every € you invest they will match it! This is a huge opportunity for those of you that have yet to get a website, an online shop or financial support for many other key areas of your business. In this blog, we will detail the key steps you need to take to get when applying for your Trading Online Voucher.
We have created an e-book on this subject that is a more complete guide for salons. It contains tips, tricks and suggested answers on how to successfully apply for the Trading Online Voucher and ensure you get 50% towards your new website and online shop and branding etc.
You can download your copy of “A Salon’sGuide to the Trading Online Voucher scheme” Here: https://link.myapp.ie/salonguidetoTOVgrant
You must register and attend a half-day Information Seminar (usually online) on how to use and get the best value for money from the voucher. This is mandatory before you can write and submit your grant application. You must attend an information seminar in the same location as your business trades.
You can find out when a Seminar is due to take place by looking at the events area of your local LEO office: Here is an example of an events page for Wicklow: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Wicklow/
To find your local LEO office you can go to this website: https://www.localenterprise.ie/Find-Your-Local-Enterprise-Office/
The answers to your questions will be evaluated against a framework that will consider your application against the areas in the chart below and is weighted accordingly to importance.
It is important that you frame your answers so that they address the evaluation criteria listed above. You need to consider how the proposed project for which you are seeking finance will address 1 or more of these areas. They will be looking for facts and examples. Get our Salon’s Guide to the Trading Online Voucher scheme for suggested ways to answer the questions.
Think about your strategy. You can apply twice for the grant so maybe you want to break things down into phase 1 and phase 2. You need to get 3 quotes from potential suppliers for your online project and these should include their company details and Vat number. Make sure you are very clear about what elements you need and only ask your supplier to quote these, otherwise you will be quoted for capabilities you don’t need and pay unnecessarily. Use a specialist provider in the beauty industry, particularly for salon website design and online shops for salons. They will save you time and money because they understand the needs of the industry, will have product images, and product descriptions to hand and will have the knowledge about treatments.
Each country in Ireland has its own LEO so you will need to locate yours. Remember your application must be in the LEO that your business trades in and where you took your Information seminar.
MyApp.ie has helped many Salons through this process and has gained valuable insights on how to be successful with the minimum effort. You can get more detailed information and support on key areas listed below by downloading our Free e-book : Trading online vouchers Scheme a complete guide for salons
· How your application will be evaluated and how to improve your score to maximise your chances of success.
· Suggestions on the best way to answer the key questions in the application.
· How to draft your supplier quotes to ensure you get just what you want without paying for things and services you don’t need.
· Other things you can use your grant for that will surprise you.