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Whether your business trades in Northern Ireland or Ireland, you should know the full extent of the opportunities that exist right here on your doorstep, and that it is possible to build an export business without ever leaving the island.
Local Enterprise Offices
Local Enterprise Offices play a major role in assisting Irish people start, grow and successfully expand businesses, offering expertise, know-how and financial support to Irish businesses, enabling them to grow and thrive.
Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) provide a range of financial supports designed to assist with the establishment and/or growth of enterprises (limited company, individuals/sole trader, cooperatives and partnerships) employing up to ten people.
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish state agency responsible for supporting the development of manufacturing and internationally traded services companies. They provide funding and supports for companies – from entrepreneurs with business propositions for a high potential start-up through to large companies expanding their activities, improving efficiency and growing international sales.
Enterprise Ireland funds companies depending on their stage of development:
As the regional business development agency for Northern Ireland, InvestNI’s role is to grow the local economy. They do this by helping new and existing businesses to compete internationally, and by attracting new investment to Northern Ireland.
InvestNI can provide funding for:
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Údarás na Gaeltachta is the regional authority responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht. The overall objective of Údarás na Gaeltachta is to ensure that Irish remains the main communal language of the Gaeltacht and is passed on to future generations. Údarás encourages investment in the Gaeltacht through a range of generous financial and non-financial incentives for new and existing enterprises in the Gaeltacht. Údarás can provide a range of financial incentives in the form of grant assistance to assist a company’s varied business needs. Support incentives include:
- Feasibility Study Grant
- Research and Development Grant
- Capital Grant
- Employment Grant
- Training Grant
- Commercial Aquaculture Development Scheme
- Equity Investment
- Consultancy Services Grant
- Development of Market Research Skills
- Trade Fair Participation Scheme
- Innovation Voucher Initiative
- Online Trading Scheme
€250 million in grant aid will be provided to rural communities and businesses under the 2014 – 2020 LEADER Programme
Grant aid is provided to projects under the following themes:-
- Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation
- Social Inclusion
- Rural Environment
The LEADER Programme is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs). These are partnerships of both public and private entities from a defined geographical area. They are responsible for selecting and approving projects in their respective areas in accordance with local development strategies developed specifically for their area. The overall programme funding is allocated to 28 sub-regional areas based on administrative or county boundaries in the main e.g. Mayo, Kildare, North Cork.
Promoters interested in accessing assistance under the LEADER Programme should, in the first instance submit an Expression of Interest to their Local Action Group (LAG). Contact details for all LAGs is available here
Guideline documents and information are available at https://drcd.gov.ie/about/rural/rural-development/leader/guideline-documents-and-information-for-leader-2014-2020/
Western Development Commission (WDC)
The Commission’s remit is to serve a confident and ambitious Western Region where excellence, innovation and creativity are rewarded, and the rich quality of life, clean environment and unique heritage are valued and safeguarded.
Business Investment Fund
The Business Investment Fund provides equity investment and loan finance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
WDC are interested in investing across a range of sectors but have a particular interest in supporting those from the following sectors:
- Creative Industries
- Food & Natural Resources
- Information & Communications Technology
- Manufacturing and Internationally Traded Services
- MedTech & Life Sciences
The role of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, is to act as a link between Irish food, drink and horticulture suppliers and existing and potential customers throughout the world. Our objective is to develop markets for Irish suppliers and to bring the taste of Irish food to more tables world-wide.
Bord Bia provides a range of supports to companies in the sectors above – https://www.bordbia.ie/industry/manufacturers/Pages/default.aspx