Supporting businesses to start, scale and innovate
We provide a range of tailored supports for enterprise of all sizes in Ireland. Supports include access to finance, management development, mentoring supports, business development programmes, market supports and trade promotion.
Funding and support are critical issues for start-ups and entrepreneurs. The Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland in particular provide companies of all sizes with a flexible and proactive support model, responding to their growth and development needs. Find out more about what supports are available for you.
Digital technologies have the power to transform small businesses, opening up new opportunities that were previously only available to businesses of scale. Supports help companies at all stages of their digital journey – from the early days of simply going online, to digitalisation of products and business processes, to facilitating exporting, and to using digital technologies to develop new markets and business models. Click here for further information.
Climate and Energy
SMEs are reducing their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for a better future. From the products purchased, to the energy used, there are many ways to make a difference. The Toolkit provides practical, cost-effective actions that every business can take to transform and build resilience. Complete the survey to see what climate supports are available for your business.
Access to Finance
SMEs are supplied with credit through State-backed loan schemes and equity investment schemes. The operations of existing schemes are also reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that appropriate options to finance remain available to SMEs not only during times of economic disruption, but to also address market failures. Click here for more information.
The Department is dedicated to expanding the current exporter base and accelerating the market diversification of existing exporters. There are supports in place for first-time exporters and those who want to grow their overseas markets. Click here or more information.
There are various programmes available to accelerate the sustainable growth of SMEs to develop enterprises of scale. This includes the development of leadership, management and financial capability, providing pathways to new sources of funding, and assisting enterprises in realising opportunities overseas. Click here for more information.
Prompt Payment Code
The Prompt Payment Code is an initiative developed by businesses for businesses. Its aim is to improving cashflow between businesses and moving towards a culture of providing “payment certainty”. Find out more about the Prompt Payment Code and how you can become a signatory.
Sell to Government
The Office of Government Procurement is responsible for sourcing common goods and services for the public sector and plays a key role in helping the State to save money. They work closely with the business community to promote procurement opportunities for SMEs. Find out more about how you can sell to Government.
Better Regulation is a government approach to improving the quality of the legislative process. The goal is to ensure that policy is evidence-based through stakeholder consultation and impact analysis. It would only be implemented when necessary and with the intended effects. Additionally, existing regulation is examined to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and unnecessary costs.
Climate and Energy Resources
Find out more about resources which can help you and your business go green, fight climate change, and save energy.
14 February 2023
European Commission Opens Consultation for Late Payment Directive
The directive lays down obligations concerning payment terms in commercial transactions between businesses or between public authorities and businesses.
9 February 2023
Apply for the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)
The scheme looks to support businesses with increases in their energy costs.
24 January 2023
European Commission Launches 2023 EU SME Fund
EU SMEs represents 99% of all businesses and provide around three-quarters of all EU jobs.
19 January 2023
Local Enterprise Office Clients Created Over 7,800 New Jobs in 2022
Employment at Local Enterprise Office companies increased by 10% from 2021.