Author: Eamon

Looking for an Ecommerce Website Grant?

If you’re planning to build a website and it’s going to have some ecommerce involved, then check out the Online Trading Voucher Scheme from your Local Enterprise Office (LEO). You can get 50% of the cost of the site up to a maximum of €2,500 excluding VAT. So, if you want to make a website with a pay an invoice form or selling a small number of products, your €5k + VAT site could only cost you half that. Here’s the link to the application form and information from Laois LEO, but it’s the same for all LEOs across the country.

There are some conditions.

The business must have:

– Limited Online Trading presence;

– 10 or less employees;

– Turnover less than €2m;

– Applicant business must be trading for at least 12 months;

– Business must be located in the area covered by this phase of the scheme i.e. within the remit of the participating LEOs.

Here’s how it works:

The voucher is a financial incentive to small businesses to develop or enhance their ability to trade online. Under the scheme a qualifying business may apply for matched funding to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser. Following approval of their application, a successful applicant can engage suppliers and upon completion of the work, submit a request for payment to the LEO in line with the terms and conditions of their voucher.

Information seminars will be available to prospective applicants to support them in their application process and it will be a condition of applying for the vouchers that applicants attend one of these seminars. At each seminar attendees will be informed of the purpose of the scheme and how best to use and get value from the application of the voucher.

The application process for the vouchers will be a competitive process.

What projects are ineligible for the scheme?

– Companies with charitable status, commercial semi-state companies, trade associations and company representation bodies such as Chambers of Commerce are not eligible to participate in the scheme;

– “Not for profit” and social entrepreneurship applicants unless they operate in a commercial domain;

– Professional services specialising in IT type services who are already capable of trading online using existing in-house systems;
– Conferences and Seminars;

– Projects which are contrary to public policy;

– Duplication of support for projects which would be eligible for assistance from otherState Agencies of EU funded Operational Programmes;

– Projects with employees in excess of 10 people;

– Projects deemed to be capable of proceeding in any event without scheme assistance i.e. deadweight;

– Projects essentially comprising importation and distribution.

What can you spend the money on?

– IT consultation;

– Development or upgrade of an e-commerce website;

– Implementing Online payments or booking systems;

– Purchase of Internet related software;

– Purchase of online advertising (this purchase cannot make up any more than 30% of approved Voucher costs and can only be drawn down in one payment phase);

– Developing an app (or multiplatform webpages);

– Development of a digital marketing strategy;

– Implementing a digital marketing strategy;

– Training/skills development specifically to establish and manage an online trading activity.

What can you not spend the money on?

– Development of brochure websites; (no ecommerce on the site)

– Purchase of non-internet related software like PhotoShop or anti-virus software;

– Anything other than online trading related activity.

Are there terms and conditions?– Voucher approval must be gained prior to incurring any expense;

– Own labour is not an eligible expense;

– Third party costs only will be considered;

– All third party/supplier invoices must contain proper business details (e.g. tax or business registration details or proof that the supplier is a registered business in the territory in which the supplier is located).

OK, so what’s the voucher application and drawdown process?

– Read the terms & conditions;

– If satisfied you are eligible and wish to apply register to attend an information event;

– Attend information session;

– Submit copy of completed and signed application form in hard copy to your local LEO;

– Soft copy of completed application to be supplied by email to your local LEO.

Evaluation

– Evaluation of applications will be conducted by each LEO who will make recommendations for approval;

– An evaluation committee will assess the applications and make recommendations for approval;

– A competitive process will be put in place to assist with selection process. Selection of successful applicant will be based on the following criteria:

  •  Eligibility for scheme;
  • Value added potential;
  • Export potential;
  • Job creation potential;
  • Financial Sustainability.

– Record decisions and report to the Local Enterprise Office approvals committee;

– As part of the application process, applicants will be required to attend aninformation session on how to use and get the best value for money from the voucher.

What next?

– If your application is successful, a letter of offer will be sent to you for you to forward to your preferred supplier.

– The voucher is a letter of offer which is sent to the successful applicant;

– Letter of offer signed, accepted and returned;

– Successful applicant has four months to complete the work as per their application.

And then?

Payment will be made directly to the successful applicant upon satisfactory receipt of the following:

– Applicant and supplier(s) sign declaration on the voucher and submit to Local Enterprise Office (LEO);

– Applicant submits:

  • copy of their Company Registration Office (CRO) registration;
  • an up to date tax clearance certificate ;
  • the original invoice from the supplier(s), with supplier(s) CRO or Tax Registration or VAT details (or proof supplier is a registered business in the territory in which the supplier is located) when submitting claim for payment;
  • Bank statement(s) showing proof of payment from the client company to supplier(s).
  • Declaration of project completion by supplier(s);

– All work must be completed and paid for prior to claim.

Payments will only be made with relation to approved expenses which form part of this application form.
All successful applicants agree that they will allow reference be made to them in case study materials, which may be used to promote the voucher scheme more widely.

Is there any follow up?

By accepting a Trading Online Voucher, successful applicants agree to report on online trading from participation in the scheme, again in 6 months and at annual intervals up to three years thereafter. Reporting will include: jobs (new or reallocated), increased turnover, exports and/or domestic market expansion, reduced costs and expected follow on investment. This may be conducted by Local Enterprise Offices, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment or approved independent evaluators.

Suppliers will be required to report on the impact of their products and services supplied to the applicant business.

– Reporting will include how their product or service enabled trading online, improved business performance, reduced cost, opened markets etc.

Contact hello@modus.ie or call 1890 202107 for more information.

Shaws Department Stores new website

Modus has redesigned and redeveloped the website of Shaws Department Stores. The new responsive website showcases the dozens of brands sold in Shaws 16 stores across the Republic. There’s also Google maps showing the location of each store with contact details. Check out www.shaws.ie.

Aiken Promotions and Conradh na Gaeilge sites shortlisted for 2017 eir Spiders

We are delighted to announce that two Modus websites have been shortlisted in the 2017 eir Spiders. Conradh na Gaeilge is in the Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr category and Aiken Promotions made the Best in News, Publishing and Entertainment category. This will be the fourth time that Conradh na Gaeilge has made the final in this category. Best of luck to both sites on 30th November at the Mansion House.

The categories and shortlisted sites are:

Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr
(sponsored by Foras na Gaeilge)

AbairLeat Oide
Comhar.ie
Conradh na Gaeilge
Dúchas.ie
Oideas Gael

Best in News, Publishing and Entertainment
(sponsored by DMG Media)

Eumom
Foodoppi
Irish Film Institute & Axonista
That’s Farming
TheTaste.ie
OnTheQT.ie
Aiken Promotions
Buzz.ie

LaoisToday.ie Launched

Modus’ latest website, www.LaoisToday.ie was launched this morning at Kelly Lou Cakes in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. LaoisToday.ie is a new quality, lively, fun, multimedia news service for the Laois community at home and abroad. Its aim is to promote and connect all things Laois. It will be an instant service with written, visual, audio and video packages and will have apps for Android and iOS devices. Best of luck to Steven Miller and his team with this exciting new venture.

3 Modus Websites in the Realex Payments eCommerce Awards 2016

Modus is delighted to announce that three of our clients have made it to the finals of the inaugural Realex Payments eCommerce Awards 2016. The awards take place at the RDS, Dublin on November 9th. Well done to Noone Casey Accountants in the Best Services: Financial, Fintech and Telecoms category; The Irish Music Rights Organisation made the final of the B2B eCommerce – Stream A category and The Outdoor Scene is in the shake-up for Retail eCommerce – Stream B. Best of luck to everyone.

7 Modus websites in 6 categories in the Finals of the 2016 Realex Payments Irish Web Awards

We are delighted to announce that the following seven Modus websites are in the finals of the 2016 Realex Payments Irish Web Awards. The sites are spread across six categories.

Daily Web Only Publication

businessworld.ie

Best Government / Local Government

shannonproperties.ie

Best Education / Third Level

cnag.ie

msu.ie

An Suíomh Gaeilge Is Fearr

rith.ie

cnag.ie

Best Financial Services Website

noonecasey.ie

Best Practice

imro.ie

The awards take place at Liberty Hall, Dublin on September 28th.

20 Modus websites nominated in 9 categories for the 2016 Realex Payments Irish Web Awards

The following twenty Modus websites have been nominated in nine categories for the 2016 Realex Payments Irish Web Awards.

Best Daily Web Only Publication

businessworld.ie

Best Arts and Culture

aikenpromotions.com
kevinkavanaghgallery.ie
limetreetheatre.ie
warnermusic.ie

Best Science and Technology 

maryaiken.com

Best Government and Local Government

horizon2020.ie
iasc.ie
shannongroup.ie
shannonproperties.ie

Best Education and Third Level

cnag.ie
msu.ie

An Suíomh Gaeilge is Fearr

clrg
cnag.ie
futafata.ie
rith.ie

Best Financial Services

harvestfinancial.ie
ifinance.ie
noonecasey.ie

Most Beautiful Site

imro.ie
outdoor.ie
warnermusic.ie

Best Practice

businessworld.ie
imro.ie

The awards take place at Liberty Hall, Dublin on September 28th.

Happy Christmas from Modus

Happy Christmas from ModusWe at Modus would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thanks very much for your business and support in 2015 and we look forward to working with you again in 2016 and beyond.

No Card for You!

As usual, instead of sending Christmas cards, Modus has made a donation to Laois Offaly Families For Autism – a local parents support group for the families of children and adults with autism sharing information and experiences offering an understanding environment and opportunities to meet others living in similar circumstances.

Busy Year

2015 was another busy year and we have a lot of good news to look back on. We had sites in the finals of the Realex Fire Irish Web Awards and the eir Spiders. We are proud to continue to work and grow with long-term clients such as Aiken Promotions Ltd., Conradh na Gaeilge, Irish Music Rights Organisation, Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute. In 2015, we launched new sites for An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha, Business World, Horizon 2020, Futa Fata, Rith 2016, Lime Tree Theatre, Noone Casey Accountants and Warner Music Ireland. In the new year we’ll be launching new websites for Aiken Promotions, IMRO, Association of Irish Stage Technicians, Vicar Street and many more.

New Services

Our content management systems service level agreements (CMS SLAs) are proving very popular to existing customers and non-Modus sites built on WordPress, Joomla, Prestashop, etc. We continually update the CMS and its plugins and make daily backups of your site. Think of it like an insurance policy for your website. Prices start at €29 per month ex VAT. Contact hello@modus.ie for more details.

Time Off

The Modus offices will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 23rd December and we re-open on Monday 4th January. Remember the best way to notify us of any issues is to email support@modus.ie or tweet us @ModusIT. You can also reach us by phone at 087 2807068 (Eamon) and 086 8300943 (David).

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Happy Christmas!

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