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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:

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 organises 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.

Upcoming training/events

  • Local Enterprise Office Client Photoshoot

Following on from the recent successful client photoshoot, the Local Enterprise Office are offering another fantastic opportunity for clients to have free professional photographs taken of themselves and of their products. While dates and times have yet to be confirmed it is hoped to have the shoot before year end. 

  • Strategic Leadership for Growth - 6 workshops

A four month programme (held on 10th, 31st of Jan, 21st of Feb, 13th of Mar, 3rd and 24th of Apr 2024), this Strategic Leadership for Growth Programme provides an exceptional opportunity for SME Owners and Managers in South Dublin to build on necessary leadership, business strategy, growth and export skills and knowledge needed to successfully compete in existing and new markets.

  • Email Marketing - 11th January

This course provides attendees with a good basic understanding of Email Marketing and how to implement their knowledge in marketing their business.  You will learn some hints and tips to apply good email marketing practice to your business.

  • Digital and Social Media Marketing Strategy - 16th January

A high energy and interactive session designed as an introduction to the digital strategy and planning. The module will give participants an overview of the different elements that make up a successful digital marketing strategy. Participants will create their own actionable digital marketing plan during the session. 

  • TikTok For Business: Beginners Masterclass - 17th January

This course is designed to help you understand if TikTok is right and relevant for your business and know how to use TikTok effectively when marketing your business..

  • Instagram for Business - 17th January

This course provides attendees with a clear view of how to use Instagram to successfully market their business. Attendees would benefit from understanding how to use Instagram personally, as this course will emphasise more specifically how businesses can best use the range of their free and paid features to reach new customers, and connect with their existing audiences, to ultimately grow their businesses.

  • Small Business Accounts - 18th January

Learn the skills and tools needed to create great social media content and how to monitor it's performance on your socials.

  • Small Business Accounts-  20th September 

This course is delivered by a chartered certified accountant and tax advisor who has nearly twenty years’ experience working with sole traders and limited companies.

  • Canva -Enhancing Social Media Content - 24th January

This course will give you the skills to be able to create more impactful social media posts using Canva including images, slideshows and videos.

  • Make Reels Like A Pro Using Capcut - 31st January

This training workshop is a comprehensive step by step demonstration how to effectively use Capcut to create high quality Reel’s and other video story content, during an intensive and interactive training programme. You will learn how each of the amazing built in video editing tools work.

Please click here for these and other Training programmes 

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Supporting businesses to start, scale and innovate

This online guide is part of the Irish Government's Supporting SMEs campaign, to increase awareness of the range of Government supports for start-ups and small businesses.

Answer the seven questions HERE to find out which supports could possibly fit your business. 


The site also contains information on:


Funding and support are critical issues for start-ups and entrepreneurs. The Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Ireland in particular provide companies of all sizes with a flexible and proactive support model, responding to their growth and development needs. Find out more HERE about what supports are available for you.


Digital technologies have the power to transform small businesses, opening up new opportunities that were previously only available to businesses of scale. Supports help companies at all stages of their digital journey – from the early days of simply going online, to digitalisation of products and business processes, to facilitating exporting, and to using digital technologies to develop new markets and business models. Click HERE for further information.

Climate and Energy

SMEs are reducing their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for a better future. From the products purchased, to the energy used, there are many ways to make a difference. The Toolkit provides practical, cost-effective actions that every business can take to transform and build resilience. Complete the survey HERE to see what climate supports are available for your business.

Access to Finance

SMEs are supplied with credit through State-backed loan schemes and equity investment schemes. The operations of existing schemes are also reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that appropriate options to finance remain available to SMEs not only during times of economic disruption, but to also address market failures. Click HERE for more information.


The Department is dedicated to expanding the current exporter base and accelerating the market diversification of existing exporters. There are supports in place for first-time exporters and those who want to grow their overseas markets. Click HERE or more information.


There are various programmes available to accelerate the sustainable growth of SMEs to develop enterprises of scale. This includes the development of leadership, management and financial capability, providing pathways to new sources of funding, and assisting enterprises in realising opportunities overseas. Click HERE for more information.

The site also includes the following Business Guides:

Management Skills for SMEs

Find out more HERE about resources for Management Skills, which can give you the tools you need to increase the productivity of your business.

Prompt Payment Code

The Prompt Payment Code is an initiative developed by businesses for businesses. Its aim is to improving cashflow between businesses and moving towards a culture of providing “payment certainty”. Find out more HERE about the Prompt Payment Code and how you can become a signatory.

Sell to Government Guide

The Office of Government Procurement is responsible for sourcing common goods and services for the public sector and plays a key role in helping the State to save money. They work closely with the business community to promote procurement opportunities for SMEs. Find out more HERE about how you can sell to Government.

Better Regulation

Better Regulation is a government approach to improving the quality of the legislative process. The goal is to ensure that policy is evidence-based through stakeholder consultation and impact analysis. It would only be implemented when necessary and with the intended effects. Additionally, existing regulation is examined to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and unnecessary costs.  Find out more HERE

Climate and Energy Resources

Find out more HERE about resources which can help you and your business go green, fight climate change, and save energy.

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