Be an SME with less than 250 staff and less than £40 million/€50 million turnover.
Be an indigenous business registered in Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Be active in either the manufacturing or tradable services sectors. By tradable services, InterTradeIreland requires the business service to be delivered in the cross border market, and not just to attract customers from the cross border market to their service business in the home market (see list below of ineligible sectors).
Have an established trading history and proven track record in their home market. (i.e. minimum 12 months satisfactory trading history)
Have cross-border sales in the opposite jurisdiction of less than 30% of the company turnover in the last/current financial year and/or have clearly identified an opportunity for cross border trade?
Ensure that increasing cross border trade is the primary focus of the project.
Be able to complete the Digital Sales Supports project within 12 weeks of approval.
Have not previously received support under the InterTradeIreland e-Merge programme.
Businesses involved in: Wholesale & Retail; Personal Services; Distribution; Tourism; Hospitality; Primary Agriculture; and Professional Business Services are not eligible for assistance under this scheme. However, applications from these sectors will be considered if the business has developed a unique product, system or process that provides additional value to the core business activity.
Please Note: The funding for this programme is provided under the European Commission Regulation on De Minimis Aid or if applicable in accordance with Minimal Financial Assistance as detailed in the UK Subsidy Control Bill. The business must provide InterTradeIreland with details of all other De Minimis aid received in the last 3 years and if applicable the amounts of any subsidies received under Article 364(4) Minimal Financial Assistance of the subsidy control chapter of the TCA in the current and last 2 fiscal years. It should be noted that a false declaration by a business resulting in the De Minimis threshold of €200,000 being exceeded (or £315,000 in the case of Minimal Financial Assistance) could later give rise to the aid being recovered with interest. Please note, reduced De Minimis thresholds are in place for certain sectors. Companies are responsible for checking the De Minimis threshold for their sector and ensuring same is not exceeded.
Please view programme Glossary of Technical Terms for more information