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Funding and Training Supports

Below is a list of supports available to businesses in South Dublin.  You will find information and links to supports from:

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Local Enterprise Office South Dublin

The Local Enterprise Offices is your local first-stop shop for seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. Whether you are a new entrepreneur or an existing small business owner.

The Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business and orga
nises events and initiatives to support networking groups.

Please click here for more information on Financial Supports or click here for information on Networking Groups

They also provide training which aims to help young or growing companies improve their chances of survival and growth by offering regular comprehensive courses in Starting a Business, Financial management, Technology, Online Marketing, Social Media, Business Planning.

Priming & Business Expansion Grants

Priming support is a business start-up grant to help fund the cost of starting a small business in South Dublin. It is for new businesses within the first 18 months after start-up.

The Local Enterprise office support in each project is strictly limited by the amou
nt of eligible expenditure incurred (max 50%).

Find out how the Priming Grant can help your business South Dublin Financial Supports Priming Grant


Upcoming training in September

  • Lean: Building a better Business - 7th September

A free morning session looking at how our LEAN program can help improve your business

  • Instagram for Business - Advanced 4th October

A morning session on how best to use some of the more advanced tools to successfully market your business on Instagram

  • Strategic Leadership for Growth - 4th October

This programme of 6 workshops, delivered over a six month period, is aimed at developing your skills and knowledge to grow your business in new and existing markets.

  • Canva: Enhancing Social Media Content - 12th October

A 3hr Beginner to Intermediate look at using Canva to create more impactful social media posts for your business


Please click here for these and other Training programmes 

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the state agency 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 and win export sales in global markets. In this way, they support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. 

Funding supports 

Enterprise Ireland 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 also provide funding and supports for college based researchers to assist in the development, protection and transfer of technologies into industry via licensing or spin-out companies. 


More information on funding supports

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The Wheel

The Wheel is Ireland’s national association of charities, community groups and social enterprises.

As a representative voice, The Wheel provides leadership to the charity and community sector and advocate on behalf of their growing community of members. As a supportive resource, they offer advice, training and other opportunities to people working or volunteering in the charity and community sector.

More information on The Wheel's services

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Google Events - 'You're The Business' live sessions

On selected Fridays, Google are hosting a series of in-person breakfast events called 'You’re the Business' live sessions. They'll be held at The Foundry in our Barrow Street offices. It’s a chance for us to meet in-person, and to show you how digital training can help your business - from building your first website to discovering how you can boost your productivity with AI.

You’re the Business is a digital upskill initiative for SMEs that we run in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office and Enterprise Ireland. It can help you get online, grow online or go global depending on where you are on your journey.

Every You’re the Business Live session covers a different topic, with registration each day at 8.30am for a 9am start. We’d love to see you there for a cup of coffee, and show you how digital skills and know-how can help your business thrive. If you’re interested in taking part, book your place here.


Here’s a taster of what’s on:

  • 15 Sept - Get your business online

  • 29 Sept - Help your business grow online

  • 13 Oct - Ensure your business is secure online

  • 27 Oct - Get your business to go global

  • 10 Nov - Boost your productivity with AI

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