Government supports

Supporting SMEs Online Tool

The Supporting SMEs Online Tool is a new cross-governmental guide to help small businesses know which of the over 80 Government supports could possibly fit their business. By answering the 8 questions in the Supporting SMEs Online Tool, a small business will, in one location find out .. Read more


Government supports for small business - SFA webinar

Play back a webinar delivered by SFA Assistant Director, Linda Barry on government supports for small business. .. Read more


Accelerate management development programme

The Accelerate management development programme is a training and mentoring programme for owner-managers looking to develop and grow their business. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA)

The Acelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) is a tax incentive of 100% of expenditure on energy-efficient equipment for your business. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of the allowance. .. Read more


Acumen

Acumen provides recruitment and financial support to identify and capitalise on business opportunities cross-border on the island of Ireland. The programme specifically assists with market research or hiring a full- or part-time sales person. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Better Energy Communities

The Better Energy Communities programme provides grants of up to 30% to upgrade groups of buildings/facilities to high standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy usage. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Bord Bia Marketing Assistance Programme (MAP)

The Bord Bia Marketing Assistance Programme (MAP) is a competitive grant fund for small food drink and horticulture businesses help them improve their marketing capabilities. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Bord Bia Step Change Programme (SCP)

The Bord Bia Step Change Programme (SCP) is a competitive grant fund for small food drink and horticulture businesses to carry out a project that will impact strongly on their growth levels. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Brexit Start to Plan Voucher

The Brexit Start to Plan Voucher is voucher worth up to €2,000 for professional advice and training to assist your business to prepare for Brexit. The voucher offers 100% financial support, no matched investment is required from the company. .. Read more


Business Expansion Grant

The Business Expansion Grant is a cash grant of up to €150,000 to assist growing businesses. The grants are primarily aimed at manufacturing and services businesses with the potential to trade internationally. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Business Process Improvement Grant

Enterprise Ireland’s Business Process Improvement Grant provides up to €35,000 for a Lean Plus, e-Marketing Improvement or Green Plus project. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Credit Guarantee Scheme

The Credit Guarantee Scheme is a guarantee provided by the State on certain loans by AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank to micro, small and medium enterprises. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


Credit Review Office

The Credit Review Office provides a imple, independent review process for small businesses refused/reduced/withdrawn credit by banks. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


Cycle to Work scheme / Bikes4work

The One4all Bikes4work scheme offers employees the opportunity to purchase a new bike and equipment up to the value of €1,000 completely tax-free. The scheme is free for employers to introduce and manage, and involves minimal administration. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


Employment and Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS)

The EIIS provides tax relief for individuals of up to 40% on investment in small and medium size enterprises up to €150,000 per year to 2020. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

The Enterprise Europe Network is a source of information and a facilitator of partnerships between small businesses across Europe and beyond. This article provides information on the network and advice on how to engage. .. Read more


European Job Mobility Portal (EURES)

EURES is a European Job Mobility Portal, which provides support for employers looking to recruit job seekers from other European countries. This article provides information on the support and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


Feasibility/Innovation Grant

The Local Enterprise Office feasibility study grant funds 50% of the cost of a feasibility study to establish the viability and sustainability of your business idea, up to a maximum of €15,000. This article provides information on the grant and how to apply for it. .. Read more


Finuas Networks Programme

The Finuas Networks Programme provides State-subsidised training in key skills for the banking and capital markets, investment management and insurance industries. This article provides information on the grant and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Food business start-up advice portal

The ‘Starting a Food Business’ advice portal is managed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The portal contains guidance on registering your business and complying with food safety and traceability rules. This article provides information on the portal and how to access it. .. Read more


FUSE product development clinics

The Design and Craft Council of Ireland’s FUSE product development clinics offer advice and mentoring to designers and crafts people looking to commercialise their products. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Go-2-Tender Programme

The Go-2-Tender programme of workshops help small companies successfully win government contracts on both sides of the border. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Grant of up to €150,000 for creating at least three new jobs

Grant of up to €150,000 for creating at least three new jobs .. Read more


Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN)

The Halo Business Angel Network is an all-island umbrella organisation responsible for the development of business angel investment in early-stage companies. This article provides information on business angel investment and how to apply for it. .. Read more


Innovation Voucher

Innovation Vouchers are vouchers for €5,000 to exchange for advice and expertise from a public research organisation (usually a university or institute of technology). This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


InterTradeIreland Trade Accelerator Voucher

Through the Trade Accelerator Voucher, InterTradeIreland offers €1,200 to micro-firms for professional advice to help them trade in Northern Ireland. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE)

The IBYE (Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur) programme is a competition for young entrepreneurs with support available to entrants through training, mentoring, networking and a €2 million investment fund. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Irish Film Board Development Funding Loans

The Irish Film Board’s Development Funding Loans provide interest free loans for the pre-production development of film and television projects, to be repaid once production begins. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Irish Film Board Distribution Funding

The Irish Film Board’s direct distribution loan fund supports Irish films that have been unable to secure theatrical distribution. This article provides information on the loan and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Job Expansion Fund

Enterprise Ireland's Job Expansion Fund provides financial support of up to €150,000 (€15,000 per employee) for the recruitment of at least three new employees over and above a company’s base employment position. .. Read more


Jobs Ireland

Jobs Ireland is a free service for employers to advertise job vacancies to jobseekers on the live register and receive recruitment support. This article provides information on the service, advice on how to utilise it and an introduction to some of the other recruitment supports available. .. Read more


JobsPlus

JobsPlus provides regular cash payments to employers to offset the cost of employing someone who has been on the Live Register for at least 12 months. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs)

The Local Enterprise Offices are ‘first stop shops’ for entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small businesses looking for information, advice and support. This article provides information on the LEOs and advice on how to avail of their supports. .. Read more


Market Access Grant

The Enterprise Ireland Market Access Grant is a grant of up to €150,000 to develop a viable marketing strategy for a new overseas target market. This article provides information on the grant and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Microfinance Ireland

Microfinance Ireland is a not-for-profit lender providing loans of up to €25,000 for new or established businesses that do not meet conventional risk criteria applied by commercial banks. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


PLATO Business Development Programme

The PLATO business development programme is an 18-month programme that brings groups of owner-managers together to support each other as well as receive guidance from large companies. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Priming Grant

Priming Grants are grants of up to €150,000 for businesses in their first 18 months of operation. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Prompt Payment Code

The Prompt Payment Code is a voluntary code of practice for businesses committed to paying suppliers on time. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to sign up. .. Read more


R&D Tax Credit

The R&D Tax Credit is a corporation tax credit worth 25% of your R&D expenditure if your activites pass the accounting and scientific tests. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


R&D Tax Credits....getting the best bang for your buck! - SFA webinar

Playback a SFA webinar delivered by Gerry Vahey and Dr James Kennedy from Mazars which gives a comprehensive guide to the mechanics of the R&D Tax Credit system. .. Read more


SEAI advice and mentoring

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) provides energy advice, mentoring and assessment. These are free supports to help small companies reduce their energy usage over a three-month period. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


SFI Industry Fellowship Programme

Science Foundation Ireland’s Industry Fellowship Programme funds the temporary movement of academic researchers into industry and vice versa for up to one year full time or two years part time. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Simplified VAT schemes for retailers

There are three special VAT schemes for retailers, which make it easier for retailers to account for VAT at different rates where they do not have electronic point of sale equipment that does this automatically. This article provides information on the schemes and how to avail of them. .. Read more


Skillnet Management Development

Skillnet Management Development provides subsidised management development training and mentoring for owners, managers and management teams of small and medium sized enterprises. This article provides information on the programmes available and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Small Business Advice

The Small Business Advice website pairs applicants with experienced business practitioners for practical advice in a range of areas. This article provides information on the programme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Springboard+

Free and 90% subsidised college courses at certificate, degree and masters level in areas where industry has identified skills needs. There are over 8,000 places available on over 245 courses around the country. .. Read more


Startup Refunds for Entrepreneurs (SURE)

Startup Refunds for Entrepreneurs (SURE) is an income tax refund for those starting their own company of up to 41% of your investment in the company. Potential to recoup all income tax paid in the six years leading up to starting your business. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Startup tax relief

New companies can avail of corporation tax relief in their first three years of trading, up to a maximum of €120,000. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)

The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) makes low-cost finance available to bank and non-bank lenders to support lending to small businesses. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to access SBCI funding. .. Read more


Tender Advisory Service

The Tender Advisory Service is an outlet for suppliers to raise concerns in relation to a live tender process carried out by the Office of Government Procurement or other public body. This article provides information on the service and advice on how to avail of it. .. Read more


Trading Online Voucher Sheme

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is a cash contribution of up to €2,500 to help get your business trading online, plus training, mentoring and networking. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS)

VAT MOSS is a simplified online method of calculating and making a single payment for VAT owed on telecoms, broadband or e-services supplied to consumers in EU countries in which you do not have a fixed establishment. .. Read more


VAT schemes for retailers

There are three different simplified methods of accounting for VAT on retail transactions, depending on the turnover of the retail business. .. Read more


Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)

The Wage Subsidy Scheme offers significant subsidies to employers who employ workers with disabilities to offset productivity shortfalls or additional management costs. This article provides information on the scheme and advice on how to apply. .. Read more


Your Europe Business

Your Europe Business is a portal containing a wide range of advice on doing business in the EU. The categories of information available through the portal are: Start and grow, Taxation, Selling abroad, Staff, Product requirements, Finance and funding, Public contracts, Environment. .. Read more



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