Setting up a business can be a difficult process at times – even more so if you are new to a city. Whether you are a MNC, SME or simply someone with a good idea, you will at some stage need help, be it to unearth the right talent, find the right premises or get information on the financial supports available to you.

These supports can play a major role in making a business thrive and thankfully in Dublin, the established ecosystem for enterprise means that these supports are easily available, via a number of business support agencies and government departments.

Who to talk to:

Enterprise Ireland

The government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. They work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate. For international entrepreneurs, Enterprise Ireland offers a range of supports to help you start your business in Ireland.

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Irish Development Board

Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, the IDA is a semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. They partner potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand operations in Ireland.

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Local Enterprise Office

The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) network is the first-stop for anyone seeking information and support for starting or growing a business in Ireland. In Dublin there are four dedicated LEO teams, one based in each of the region’s four local authorities. It is the job of each of these LEOs to promote entrepreneurship, to foster business start-ups and to develop existing micro and small businesses in Dublin via a range of supports and services in their locality. These are highly accessible, quality supports, ranging from financial aid to training, to mentoring for your business ideas. In addition, the LEO network provide a platform from which to network or showcase your business via natio

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The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation seeks to encourage the creation of high quality and sustainable full employment by championing enterprise across government, supporting a competitive enterprise base, promoting a low tax environment to incentivise work and enterprise, and promoting fair and competitive markets.

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Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Dublin Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of all businesses in the Greater Dublin Area.

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Bord Bia – Irish Food Board

Bord Bia is the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry’s trade development and promotion organisation. Their mission is to drive the commercial success of world-class Irish food, drink and horticulture through market insight and partnership with the industry.

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Revenue provides a wide range of services to business and personal tax payers.

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Microfinance Ireland

Microfinance Ireland provide unsecured business loans of €2,000 to €25,000 for commercially viable proposals.

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Plato Dublin

Plato is a not for profit business development programme that helps SMEs grow their business in a planned way. Funded by the four LEO offices in Dublin it provides the necessary tools to help you achieve your ambitions.

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Intertrade Ireland

Intertrade Ireland support businesses, through innovation and trade initiatives to take advantage of North/South co-operative opportunities to improve capability, drive competitiveness, growth and jobs.

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