As Ireland continues to emerge as a global epicentre for entrepreneurship and start-up companies, a ton of support is available. As a small business owner working in the start-up space for a number of years, I have first-hand knowledge of many really beneficial programmes.
The Irish government has taken a proactive approach to supporting new small business owners.
a great way for businesses in Ireland to gain international expansion while gaining invaluable insight into success along the way.
The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) provides grant funding and resources to entrepreneurs across various sectors, enabling them to kick-start their ideas or expand on existing businesses. I’d recommend making this your first stop. Organise a chat with a business advisor, and if you can organise some one-to-one mentoring in the area you feel you need extra support.
The Local Enterprise Office also offers courses in areas such as social media marketing, website design, and e-commerce for those interested in taking their venture online. For established businesses, LEO’s Training & Recruitment Grant can offer assistance with hiring new workers or apprenticeships. At the same time, Retail Development Awards can provide financial aid to upgrade storefronts or create new products. Whatever the venture may be, Ireland is committed to helping its citizens succeed by giving them access to the necessary resources they need to thrive. With an ever-increasing demand for start-ups and an abundance of government-sponsored grants and supports available in Ireland–it has never been easier for aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their dreams into reality!
Learn more about LEO Grants here.
Enterprise Ireland works with over 2,500 new start-up businesses each year, as well as assisting existing businesses of all sizes across the island of Ireland. Its goal is to help Irish-owned companies become “high-performance” businesses that can compete successfully in global markets.