Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme (Closed for 2023)
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Online Retail Scheme

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What was Available in 2023?

Get Funding To Grow Your Business

To continue our commitment to helping retail businesses scale and grow, we’re partnering with more local Irish businesses for the Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme.

We want to help you increase your online sales and re-energise your online marketing strategies for 2024. The Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme for 2023 was announced and is in progress, designed to help small retail businesses grow their online presence. The 2024 Retail Scheme is pending, submit your interest. This could be just the boost your business needs. 

At ePresence, we have successfully partnered with clients on multiple Enterprise Ireland funding support schemes over the years. We know how to navigate the application, and then guide your business to use the funding to its best advantage.

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What is the Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme?

The Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme is funding from The Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment (DETE) aiming to encourage the retail sector in Ireland to develop a more competitive online offer.

They want to enable small Irish retailers to increase their customer base and build a more resilient business in the domestic and global marketplace, both online and offline.

The Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Schemes from 2020 to 2023 were a huge success. A new round of funding for 2024 is pending, Register your Interest Today!

What’s On Offer?

The purpose of the Online Retail Scheme fund as stated by Enterprise Ireland is to help Irish-based retailers with a pre-existing online presence to:

• Respond to both domestic and international consumer demand for online shopping
• Strengthen small retailers’ ability to find and retain customers with their existing infrastructure
• Protect their physical operation by enabling growth through an online marketplace and new shopping avenues
• Upskill and retain existing staff or/and create new e-commerce roles

Successful applicants for 2023 were awarded funding to support a maximum of 50% of the project eligible costs of €50,000 with a maximum grant of €25,000. 2024 details are pending.

The Online Retail Scheme has already helped hundreds of Irish businesses.

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What are the Online Retail Scheme Criteria?

In order to be eligible to apply for the online retail scheme, your business must fit the funding criteria. These are that the business must be an Irish based retail enterprise:.

  • With ten or more full-time employees
  • With the potential to sustain or create jobs, generate growth in online transactions and with an ambition to internationalise their business in future
  • With an existing online presence (e.g. website or social media)
  • With their company name registered with the Companies Registration Office and incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application
  • With a physical store, and currently deriving the majority of their revenue from product sales

If your business is part product and part service-based, this does not rule you out. The same goes for companies that are part B2B and part B2C. Get in touch for advice on how you may fit into the retail scheme criteria.

Previous applicants who were successful may be able to reapply, while previously unsuccessful applicants will be eligible to re-apply. ePresence can help your company deliver a strong application to the online retail scheme this time around.


Decide what you’d like to fund

What eligible activities can I fund using the Enterprise Ireland Online Retail scheme?

The great thing about the online retail scheme is the scope of projects you can use it for. From research and digital marketing strategy development to implementation, being able to invest in your online presence could make an enormous difference to the future of your business.

Whether you want a new website, to conduct a full SEO audit, A/B split testing, sales analysis, or strategic marketing planning, a grant from the Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme could enable you to take your online sales to the next level.

Apply with confidence today with help from ePresence. We match your business needs with our expertise.


Begin your online marketing improvements

What will ePresence do for my brand under the funding scheme?

If you engage ePresence to help your company with their online presence, brand research will be one of our initial activities. Research is one of the fundamental benefits of the scheme. Many of the businesses that approached us about the initial rounds of the scheme had never had an opportunity to take stock of their marketing. Without the budget and know-how, there had been no chance to thoroughly analyse their marketing before. They knew it was essential to be online, but were not sure how to measure their online performance, and then use that information to adjust and improve their marketing.

We helped these businesses to understand what was and wasn’t working for them. This included looking closely at their online activity.

We looked at:
  • How they used social media
  • How customers experienced their website
  • What other channels they were using

We then worked closely with our clients and identified areas of success and areas for improvement. Overall, there was a lot of untapped potential for these businesses. Small changes that would make a vast difference to their sales figures. Things that we could easily remedy for them.

No doubt, things that we could easily remedy for you.


Developing a strategy

What happens next?

Following the discoveries made in the research stage, we will move on to digital marketing strategy development. Having a strategy written and planned out for the months ahead makes online marketing a whole lot easier for a business.

A defined digital marketing strategy makes it simpler to fully optimise your online presence. It ensures you reach more people, with the right message, and in a way that they engage with. The Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme encourages businesses to use the funding this way.


Getting Results


Of course, there is no point in having a great plan if you can't implement it. SEO improvements, web improvements, even enhancement of behind the scenes systems, are all eligible under this scheme.

ePresence's team of online marketing experts can analyse your online presence, develop a digital marketing strategy based on the data from their research, and then help you implement that strategy. Whether you are just starting out with online retail, or have an established business, we can improve your sales figures and optimise your bottom line.

If you want to create an online retail business that reaches more customers, results in more sales conversions, and improves the profitability of your overall company, consider applying for the Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme.

ePresence can help you through the application process, and then guide your online marketing strategy so that you achieve the very best results.

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At ePresence, we have more than a decade of experience assisting Irish retail businesses with their digital marketing and online presence. Our retail clients include Aran Sweater Market, Wondercare, The Edge Sports, Foot Solutions, O’Crualaoi Butchers, Party World, Fota Wildlife Park, Irwins Megastore and many more.

Our teams in Cork, Kerry and Wexford are experts in digital marketing and web design. The ideal people to have on your team for improving search engine optimisation, developing strategies, improving the customer experience, and so much more.

To ensure that your business benefits from the Enterprise Ireland scheme, make sure to partner with ePresence.

A Partner you Can Trust.

At ePresence, we were fortunate enough to be able to successfully partner with Irish retailers year-round. Helping businesses to review their websites and digital channels. Using the expertise of our teams, to help them improve sales.

As a member of the Enterprise Ireland supplier panel, ePresence has successfully assisted clients with a number of different funding schemes. We’re always on the look out for ways to help our clients, supporting them with their funding applications is just one.

Get Ready Early!

We would urge anyone interested in applying for the grant to start the process of applying for the Enterprise Ireland Online Retail Scheme now.

60% of the evaluation criteria is based on the quality of the application and potential impact. So, your application must be perfect. We will work closely with you to prepare a powerful application for your business. We’ll also help you identify the best member of your team to act as the internal champion – a necessary step to help you succeed.

The last three rounds saw a considerable number of applications, with only half being successful. If you can, we urge you to start getting ready as early as possible.

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