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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 in August/September

  • Trading Online Voucher Scheme Webinar - 17th August

This workshop aims to show the potential Trading Online Voucher applicant how the voucher can be used and how to complete the application.

  • Digital Marketing - 22nd August

Learn the techniques required to create a great digital marketing strategy. You will learn how to successfully reach your target audience through digital marketing methods.

  • Instagram For Business: Intermediate - 23rd August

A 3 hour session exploring how best to use your existing Instagram business account as part of your digital marketing strategy.

  • Start Your Own Business Evening Course starting 24th August

This 5 week evening programme is designed to equip participants with the tools to assess the viability of a new business idea and get it up & running.

  • TikTok For Business: Beginners Masterclass - 30th August

Learn how to use TikTok effectively to market your business in this morning session.

  • Marketing For Business: Traditional & Digital- 7th September

Join us for this morning session and gain the knowledge and tools to promote your business effectively in both traditional and digital forms.

  • Creating Great Social Media Content - 18th September 

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 

The aim of the course is to impart confidence in working with business books & records and develop an understanding of small business accounts.

  • Make Reels Like A Pro  - 29th September

Join us in this morning workshop is a comprehensive step by step demonstration how to effectively use Capcut to create high quality Reels

Please click here for these and other Training programmes 

Energy Efficiency Grant

The Energy Efficiency Grant supports the investment in technologies and equipment identified in a Green for Micro Report, GreenStart Report or a SEAI Energy Audit with 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of €5,000.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the impact of enterprises on the environment thereby increasing the agility and resilience of these businesses.

Who is Eligible for Energy Grant


  • small enterprises (employing between 1 and 50) *

  • who have undertaken a Green for Micro, GreenStart or recent energy audit by a SEAI registered energy auditor and who are not currently clients of Enterprise Ireland/Údarás na Gaeltachta/IDA.

  • who are established, registered, and operate within the area of the Local Enterprise Office.

  • where the turnover is in excess of €30,000 annually and the business is trading in excess of 6 months


See HERE for more information

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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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