We provide, principally through our agencies, 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. A range of supports has also been developed to assist business based in Ireland to deal with challenges raised by Brexit.
We hold structured dialogue with key stakeholders and we advocate across Government to ensure the needs of SMEs are taken into account in the execution of national policy.
Supporting SMEs Online Tool
There are over 170 different Government supports for Irish start-ups and small businesses. The Online Tool at SupportingSMEs.ie is to help Irish start-ups and SMEs to navigate the range of Government supports and identify which may be most relevant to their business.
Mapping of Supports
Mapping of the Support Environment for Entrepreneurs is a directory compiling over 850 public and private sector supports for small businesses and start ups including co-working spaces, accelerators, and mentoring and networking opportunities.
Local Enterprise Office
The network of 31 Local Enterprise Offices are the first stop shop to help start or develop a business.
The LEOs offer Brexit-related supports including the Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters grants and Trading Online Vouchers to enable micro-enterprises to expand into new markets.
The LEOs also offer a Brexit Mentor Programme and support micro-enterprises to respond to Brexit by becoming more efficient through the Lean for Micro programme.
InterTradeIreland supports businesses to take advantage of North/South co-operative opportunities. ITI’s Start to Plan Vouchers and Brexit Advisory Service support business to deal with the challenges to cross border trade in the context of Brexit.
Prepare for Brexit
Enterprise Ireland is the Government agency in Ireland responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded service sectors.
The Be Prepared Grant provides up to €5,000 for Enterprise Ireland client companies to help develop a Brexit action plan. The online Brexit Scorecard is a self-assessment tool that businesses can use to identify what they need to do to prepare for Brexit.
Brexit Preparedness Notices are available from the European Commission on the legal and practical implications of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
Up to date information on the Brexit negotiations is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
InterTrade Ireland provides a Brexit Advisory Service.
Access to Finance
The state supports businesses to access finance through a number of measures.
Microfinance Ireland provides loans to businesses employing less than 10 people.
The SME Credit Guarantee Scheme assists SMEs to access credit by providing a state guarantee on qualifying loans to micro, small and medium enterprises. It is accessed through SBCI.
A Brexit Loan Scheme, accessed through SBCI will be available as of March 2018.
The BusinessRegulation.ie portal help business owners to identify the main regulations which affect a business and to provide links to the relevant agencies and to highlight available guidance and tools.