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Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, it supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

The 35 CEBs, were established in Ireland in 1993 to provide support for small businesses (‘micro-enterprises’) with 10 employees or less, at local level.
CEBs provide direct grant-support to new and existing enterprises and promote entrepreneurship, capacity building and women-in-business at local level, to micro enterprises in the commercial sphere. The CEBs are uniquely positioned to understand local needs and know the background and track record of those applying for support and assistance. CEBs are co-funded by the Irish Government and EU Structural Funds. The CEBs support both new and established businesses with a suite of supports including: Advice, mentoring, Supports for Training and Growth.

To support the creation of good jobs by promoting the development of a competitive business environment in which enterprises will operate to high standards and grow in sustainable markets.

The National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) was established under the Social Partnership Agreement "Towards 2016" to achieve a national culture of employment rights compliance.NERA provides information to employees and employers through its information unit, monitors employment conditions through its inspection services and can enforce compliance and seek redress. NERA covers many aspects of employment rights including Wages, Holidays and Public Holidays - OWT Act 1997, Working Hours, Redundancy, Dismissal, and Notice.

This section provides a general overview of tax issues for business users, including PAYE employers, and of the Self Assessment system as it applies to Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax. The most popular forms and relevant guides are also provided. You can also visit the Tax Practitioners and the Taxes & Duties (where you'll find all downloadable forms and leaflets) sections for more topics that may be relevant and for further in-depth business tax information. The Customs section contains information relevant to your business and Customs.

The CRO has a number of core functions. The incorporation of companies and the registration of business names. The receipt and registration of post incorporation documents. The enforcement of the Companies Acts in relation to the filing obligations of companies. Making information available to the public.

This site provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. It is provided by the Citizens Information Board. You can also get Citizens Information by phoning the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000, or by visiting your local Citizens Information Centre.

The website of the Small Firms Association, the "Voice of Small Business" in Ireland with over 8,000 member companies. the information resources  are designed to assist you in managing your business, as well as allowing you to interact with fellow members through the Members Directory, on-line advertising and discussion forum. In addition, they provide you with full details of our upcoming events, along with online booking; they feature podcasts and videocasts from various events and news interviews; and outline their lobbying policy submissions and press statements issued in representing your interests.

A range of services and incentives, including funding and grants, are available to those considering foreign direct investment in Ireland. These are offered by IDA Ireland, Ireland’s inward investment promotion agency, to both new and existing clients. While investment from overseas manufacturing and internationally traded services are the broad focus of IDA Ireland, the agency continues to work with investors once in Ireland to encourage and assist in expanding and developing their businesses. This long term view of relationships with foreign direct investors in Ireland has proven very successful for all involved and is something IDA Ireland excels at.

Chambers Ireland is Ireland’s largest business network with 60 member chambers representing more than 13,000 businesses on the island of Ireland. A social partnership organisation, Chambers Ireland is limited by guarantee and owned by its subscribing member chambers. A chamber consists of local business representatives who join together to promote the economic and social development of their community in order to make it a better place in which to live, work and do business. All chambers have an elected president but not all have a chief executive. Volunteer chambers are run by an honourary council. Chambers Ireland’s mission is to represent the interests of member companies; to promote business competitiveness in Ireland and to enable the development of the chamber movement throughout the island. It has five main areas of activity:

  • Representing Business Interests;
  • Supporting SMEs;
  • Training and Development;
  • Facilitating International Business; and
  • Strengthening the Chamber Network

This site was created by entrepreneurs to be a starting place for people interested in setting up their own business. ‘The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Ireland and it will be this spirit that will help to drag us out of the mess that we are currently in. It is our hope that we can create a community for people who are interested and passionate about this area. No one alone has all the answers but by pooling resources maybe we can help each other along the way’.

Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. It was established in September 1988 under the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988. The organisation is funded by State Grant-in-Aid; the National Development Plan 2007 to 2013; fees for research, advisory and training services; income from national and EU competitive research programmes; and revenue from farming activities and commodity levies.

The current Strategy Statement of the Director of Corporate Enforcement identified the following rimary ODCE goals and related sub-goals:

  • Goal 1: Improving Public Understanding of Company Law Rights and Duties
  • Goal 2: Confronting Unlawful Company Law Behaviour
  • Goal 3: Providing Quality Services to Internal and External Customers

Our mission is to:

  • independently represent, promote and support owner managers of small & medium enterprises.
  • be vigilant, decisive, and direct in promoting and defending the interests of all small and medium businesses.
  • help members better manage and grow their business through the provision of excellent information and services.
  • reduce members’ costs through the co-ordinated strength of the sector.

ISME offers a comprehensive range of Advisory Services, Publications & Reports, Independent Lobbying and Representation, Cost Saving Schemes, Training and Development Programmes, and Regional Networking Events designed to enhance the day-to-day running of members’ businesses. The tax-deductible membership is a cost-effective way for SME owner/managers to network with like-minded business people and to be continually updated on issues that impact on their business.


Action Plan for Jobs

The Action Plan for Jobs 2012 includes a range of supports for self-employed people including:

  • The Microenterprise Loan Fund Scheme which will provide loans of up to €25,000 to small businesses with no more than 10 employees, including sole traders and start-ups
  • The Temporary Partial Credit Guarantee Scheme where the Government will partially guarantee loans by traditional lenders to viable businesses that are at the margins of commercial lending decisions and have difficulties accessing credit
  • New Frontiers, a development programme for potential entrepreneurs, funded and coordinated by Enterprise Ireland, to be delivered locally by 13 Institutes of Technology
  • One-stop-shops for small business supports to be established by dissolving the County and City Enterprise Boards and creating a new Micro-Enterprise and Small Business Unit in Enterprise Ireland and a new network of Local Enterprise Offices in each local authority

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