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:

Irish Development Board

Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, the IDA, is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. We partner with potential and existing investors to help them establish or expand their operations in Ireland. IDA Ireland’s main objective is to encourage investment into Ireland by foreign-owned companies. Our success is measured by the impact on the Irish economy of FDI and IDA supported companies.


Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. You can find detailed information on Enterprise Ireland's activities, strategy and performance in our Reports and Publications..


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

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The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

The mission of the DJEI is to lead on the creation and maintenance of high quality and sustainable full employment across all regions of the country by championing enterprise across government, by supporting a competitive enterprise base to incentivise work, enterprise, trade and investment and by promoting fair and competitive markets.


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Further Resources...

Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Dublin Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of all businesses in the Greater Dublin Area and as the leading business organisation in the area, the Chamber offers the opportunity to promote your business and to get involved in its future direction.


Bord Bia – Irish Food Board

Bord Bia is the Irish food, drink and horticulture industry’s trade development and promotion organisation. Bord Bia works with the Irish food and horticulture industry for the market development and promotion of Irish food, drink and horticulture at home and abroad.



Revenue provides a wide range of services to business and personal tax payers. The Office of the Revenue Commissioners was established by Government Order in 1923. The Order provided for a Board of Commissioners. The Board comprises three Commissioners one of whom is appointed Chairman and all carry the rank of Secretary General. The Chairman of the Board is also the Accounting Officer for Revenue.


Microfinance Ireland

We provide 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 your existing business. We help 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.


Plato Dublin

Plato Dublin is an 18 Month Business Development Programme for owner managers of SMEs funded by the Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin region. It is now recruiting SMES for its new Programme starting in Spring 2017. Plato provides practical training, business counselling and support so that you acquire the skills necessary to help your business grow and prosper. It provides an environment for owner managers to learn from one another and share their experiences at a three hour monthly meeting for 18 months. It also provides access to large company expertise and knowledge too. Large 'Parent" companies involved in the current programme include Bank of Ireland, CRS Pharma Solutions, DCU, Dell, Ericsson, ESB, IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer and Ulster Bank.


Intertrade Ireland

InterTradeIreland helps small businesses explore new cross-border markets, develop new products, processes and services and become investor ready. We provide practical cross-border business funding, business intelligence and meaningful contacts to SMEs across the island, North and South, looking to grow their businesses.


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