Small Business Resources and Links

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.

The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. The Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business.

There are over 170 different Government supports for Irish start-ups and small businesses. This Online Guide is to help Irish start-ups and small businesses navigate the range of Government supports to see which you could possibly apply.

ISME, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, is the only independent representative association for Small and Medium Enterprises and currently has in excess of 10,200 members nationwide. Uniquely in Ireland, ISME is independent of big business, big banks and government and gives voice to the issues facing SME owner-managers.

The Small Firms Association (SFA) is the national organisation exclusively representing the needs of small enterprises (i.e. those employing less than 50 employees) in Ireland.

Plato Ireland is a confidential business support network for owner managers of SMEs.  It is a full time support service available 9 to 5 daily.

Crafts Council of Ireland is the main champion of the craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness

The Enterprise Europe Network is part of a 600 strong business support network across Europe. Its core services are in relation to business partner searches, enquires, R&D funding (European Grants), and intellectual property protection. Further to this, EEN also holds many international brokerage events and provide.

Chambers Ireland is Ireland’s largest business organisation with a network of Chambers of Commerce in every major town and region in the country. We facilitate the growth and development of the Irish chamber network and enable the chambers in the network to effectively promote the long term development of their locality on behalf of their members.

Network Ireland is a non-profit, voluntary organisation, with over 500 members and eight very dynamic branches

IT@Cork, European Tech Cluster is a leading not-for-profit independent business organisation, representing the interests of the IT industry in Ireland.

SMILE Resource Exchange is a free service for businesses that encourages the exchanging of resources between its members in order to save money, reduce waste going to landfill and to develop new business opportunities.

Macroom E is a dynamic community enterprise centre, dedicated to helping start up and growing businesses in the Lee Valley Region.

Joint Initiative between Cork Institute of Technology, Cork County Council and the Enterprise Boards.  Designed to help businesses in the Cork County region in a number of practical way.