• Supports for Business

  • The Supporting SMEs Online Tool is a cross-governmental guide to help small businesses know which of the over 170 Government supports could possibly fit their business.

    The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation have mapped both State and non-State supports for entrepreneurs.

    The European Commission has a list of tools and resources for entrepreneurship and SMEs.

    Here are some other useful links:


    Local Enterprise Offices


    LEOs provide you with advice, information and support in starting up or growing your business, with 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network. Discover more about the available Business Supports.


    Enterprise Ireland


    EI is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.


    IDA Ireland


    IDA Ireland is responsible for the attraction and development of foreign investment in Ireland.


    InterTrade Ireland


    InterTrade Ireland helps SMEs across the island by offering practical cross-border business funding, information, advice and support.


    Science Foundation Ireland


    SFI funds research in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which promotes and assists the development and competitiveness of industry, enterprise and employment in Ireland.


    Microfinance Ireland


    Microfinance Ireland provides small loans through the Government’s Microenterprise Loan Fund. The purpose of the fund is to help start ups and established businesses to start up a small business or expand an existing business. What is a microenterprise? It is simply a small business (including a self-employed person) with fewer than 10 employees and an annual turnover of less than €2m. Microfinance Ireland helps these businesses by providing unsecured business loans of €2,000 to €25,000 for commercially viable proposals. Sole Traders, Partnerships & Limited Companies are all eligible to apply.


    Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)


    The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) is Ireland’s National Promotional Institution which has the strategic objective of delivering effective financial supports to Irish SMEs and, in time, other sectors where failures emerge in the Irish credit market, while driving competition and innovation. The initial business model of the SBCI is to serve as an on-lending financial institution. The SBCI’s products are available through its bank and non-bank on-lending partners, outlined here.


    European Small Business Portal


    This portal gathers together all of the information provided by the EU on and for SMEs, ranging from practical advice to policy issues.


    Citizens Information


    This site provides information on various employment topics including starting a business.


    Office of Government Procurement


    The OGP is centralising public sector procurement arrangements for common goods and services; it manages the eTenders website, which displays all Irish public sector procurement opportunities currently being advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union and other lower-value contracts.


    Irish Point of Single Contact (Services Directive)

    The Irish Point of Single Contact provides general information on the procedures required for Irish or EU businesses which intend operating in Ireland.
    EUGO Network


    The EUGO Network is made up of Points of Single Contact around the EU. These e-government portals allow you to find out about the rules, regulations and formalities that apply to service activities and, in some cases, to complete administrative procedures online.


    Enterprise Europe Network Ireland


    Enterprise Europe Network is your first step on the road to transnational success; it can help your business to make international connections, to innovate in technology and business services and to buy and sell overseas.


    Info2Innovate Supports Directory


    An Enterprise Europe Network Ireland directory of innovation supports and services for Irish SMEs.


    Enterprise/Incubation Centres


    Find out more about incubation centres offering space and support to entrepreneurs who want to develop their projects within a supportive structure and surrounded by an entrepreneurial community.


    Knowledge Transfer Ireland


    Knowledge Transfer Ireland works with business, investors, universities, Institutes of Technology, State research organisations, research funders and government agencies to maximise State-funded technology, ideas and expertise getting into the hands of business to drive innovation.


    National Standards Authority of Ireland SME Portal


    The NSAI portal aims to bring the benefits of standardisation to SMEs through a variety of resources.




    Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses to address their current and future skills needs by funding training networks that deliver subsidised training to groups of companies in the same region or sector with similar training needs.




    ManagementWorks is a training network which helps firms to improve their business performance by providing a range of subsidised, tailored programmes which are supported by professional business mentors.


    Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland


    SEAI is helping Irish companies and organisations to reduce their energy costs significantly while improving their energy efficiency. The site has information on tax allowances and grants.





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