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Local Enterprise Office

The Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business

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Check out with over 80 Government supports available to Irish start-ups and small businesses

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Making it easier for Business

Making it easier for Business is a business support portal to help you identify the main regulations which affect your business

What We Do

Research & Innovation

We develop, promote and co-ordinate science, technology and innovation policy. We influence the European and International research agenda to allow research and enterprise in Ireland avail of opportunities arising through research programmes. We fund Enterprise Ireland, SFI and the Programme for Research in Third Level Institution. We develop intellectual property policy, prepare legislation and provide an intellectual property regime which reflects the international law environment and best practice.

Trade & Investment

We drive the development and delivery of the enterprise development programmes of IDA Ireland, the principal agency charged with attracting foreign direct investment and promoting Ireland as the best small country in the world to do business. We promote the development of Ireland’s exports to world markets and work with Enterprise Ireland to help Irish Companies achieve global success.

Supports for SMEs

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. 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.

Business & Sectoral Initiatives

The Department engages with key stakeholders to address issues that arise on a sectoral basis across all areas of enterprise activity. These business and sectoral initiatives are across a wide range of areas covering internationally traded goods and services as well as the domestically traded sector. The key focus is to develop and implement policy to enhance the enterprise environment leading to the start-up and growth of competitive firms in Ireland and sustainable development for enterprises of all sizes.

Jobs, Workplace and Skills

We ensure through work at national and international levels that workplaces are safe, employment rights are appropriate and respected, harmonious industrial relations are promoted and any disputes or breaches are handled efficiently and effectively; that skills needs are identified and met through alignment of education and training provision and, as required, through targeted and efficient economic migration.

EU & Internal Market

We have a leadership and coordination role in respect of the EU Competitiveness Council and on the Single Market and generally in driving the Department’s EU Agenda. We engage proactively at EU institutional level and with our EU partners so as to ensure that Departmental EU priority measures are advanced. We support our Ministers in their pursuit of achieving domestic and EU Policy outcomes that are supportive, in particular, of the enterprise, competitiveness, single market and innovation agendas.

Company & Corporate Law

Company law provides the legislative framework for the structure and operation of companies registered in Ireland, whether domestic or foreign. It seeks to ensure a balance between simplifying the day-to-day running of a business; maintaining necessary protections for those dealing with companies, such as creditors and investors; and putting in place an effective corporate governance regime to ensure compliance. This law is contained in the Companies Act and related statutory instruments. Some company law derives from EU legislation. A similar regime applies to industrial and provident and friendly societies.

Consumer & Competition

To help make markets work effectively for consumers and for the economy as a whole, our work falls under two main headings: national policy and EU policy on current competition and consumer matters; and supporting as well as liaising with and monitoring the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.