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Website Design Online Trading Voucher Leitrim
Feb 10th, 2017 by Leon

The Online Trading Voucher scheme has been around for a few years now but I’ve been getting tons of emails about it and doing some jobs under it a lot recently for some reason. Here’s the layman’s guide to how it works if you’re not sure.

As the name suggests you need to actually trade online to avail of this grant and in terms of website design that means you need to sell something off your website so either a full online shop selling products or a payment/booking page for your services etc.. You can add a payment system to an old site or build a new one with it and still qualify. You will be repaid 50% of the cost of the work after it’s competition and after you have paid for it in full and shown receipts etc.. The maximum amount paid out is €2,500 so this will allow you to have €5,000 max worth of work done depending on your own budget.

Your local enterprise board administers the scheme so they should be your first point of contact but a web designer should be able to advise too. They will give you details of when the scheme windows are open and provide application forms and advice etc..

Here is a simple list of requirements you need to meet to qualify:

  • Trade online
  • Have 10 employees or less
  • Less than €2 million turnover
  • In business for at least 12 months
  • Attend a FREE trading voucher workshop

Here’s some more information and contact point for Leitrim based businesses – https://www.localenterprise.ie/Leitrim

Are Web Designers in Leitrim not good enough!?
Dec 18th, 2015 by Leon

I’ve spotted a few high profile website designs and re-builds for well known Leitrim businesses the last month or two which were built by web design agencies outside of Leitrim. Some of them I was actually asked to quote for and then overlooked for reasons that didn’t really stack up in my opinion. One particular new E-commerce website used the whole “Shop local to support your local economy” angle to market their new site to people but they themselves used the services of a non local company to build their site!?

Now before I get accused of bitterness at not getting the work, I should say the point of this post is to ask the open question to business in Leitrim, is there any particular reason you chose to go outside the county? Did you not realise there were a ton of web design companies located here? Could you not get a competitive quote locally? Did you feel perhaps there isn’t enough expertise locally? Or maybe you were just connected to a company outside Leitrim in some way and felt obliged to use them? I’m just interested to know.

I know any business anywhere is entitled to tender for any job in any part of the country but for somewhere local like Leitrim, design businesses would normally rely on local support for the majority of their business and would probably find it hard, as I do myself, to break into the bigger markets in the bigger cities. Also, those bigger cities are probably saturated with design companies. Using a local company if you are in Leitrim makes it easier to meet, communicate and get ongoing support etc..

There were very few people at web design in Leitrim or Roscommon when I started here first around 2003 but these days there’s a ton of companies offering all levels of expertise and all kinds of prices ranges. Also, there are companies here far better and more capable than me who can do anything you need and probably due it far cheaper than a company in Dublin for example due to less overheads etc so always look local first before you go “outside”!?

Leon

Leitrim ICT Network
Jun 3rd, 2009 by Leon

I am part of a network of Leitrim based Hi-Tech/IT companies that has recently been formed in Leitrim as an offshoot to Leitrim Enterprise’s Innovate program. The group meets once a month in the Ramada Hotel in Drumshanbo. It is envisaged that we will attempt to work collectively as a “Super Company” to compete for larger national contracts but also to create our own innovative ideas and projects that will benefit the county of Leitrim in some way. New members and project ideas are welcome. Please Contact me or Visit our LinkedIn Group for more information.