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Second call for proposals under Regional Enterprise Development Fund


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Enterprise Ireland announces Graduate Entrepreneurship €500,000 Competitive Start Fund to accelerate growth of start-ups


Brexit Loan Scheme for Irish Businesses


Minister Breen to discuss benefits of Digital Single Market for SMEs with European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society


REDF Regional Information Sessions - Enterprise Ireland will host regional information sessions on the new Regional Enterprise Development Fund over the coming weeks. These sessions will be of value to those interested in obtaining further information and those planning to submit an application under the new fund. Booking is not required. Details of the regional sessions below:

8 June: Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny from 11.30am-1.30pm
8 June: Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork from 4.30-6.30pm
20 June: Errigal Country House Hotel, Cootehill, Co. Cavan from 1.30-3.30pm
22 June: The Strand Hotel, Limerick from 8am-10am
22 June: Clayton Hotel, Sligo from 1.30pm-3.30pm
23 June: Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 10.30am-12.30pm
26 June: The Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare from 10.30am-12.30pm
29 June: Ard Ri House Hotel, Tuam, Co. Galway from 6.30pm-8.30pm
6 July: The Red Cow Hotel, Dublin from 1.30pm-3.30pm

Jerry Moloney, Manager, Mid-West and Regional Development Initiatives, Enterprise Ireland said, “A key role of Enterprise Ireland is supporting enterprise development. These information sessions will provide a practical opportunity for people to learn more about the new Regional Enterprise Development Fund, and will be helpful for anyone interested in submitting an application under the Fund. These Funds are important drivers of enterprise growth and job creation, and we look forward to supporting more regionally-based projects through this initiative.”

The Regional Action Plans for Jobs seek to build on the strengths and opportunities in each region and to build a regional ecosystem including a diversity of companies and sectors, sectoral clusters, a spirit of innovation and collaboration, a good physical and digital infrastructure and appropriate research and technology capability.

The closing date for applications for Competitive Feasibility Funding is 3pm Friday 9th June 2017. The closing date for the first call for Streams 1, 2, 3 and 4 is 3pm Friday 18th August 2017.


Notice of Regional Enterprise Development Fund. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen TD (29th May, 2017) launched a new Regional Enterprise Development Fund of up to €60m.

This competitive funding has been provided by the Department of Jobs, through Enterprise Ireland and is a key action to support the Regional Action Plan for Jobs and the Action Plan for Rural Development. The Fund is aimed at accelerating economic recovery in every part of the country by delivering on the potential of local and regional enterprise strengths. The Fund will support significant collaborative regional initiatives to build on specific industry sectoral strengths and improve enterprise capability, thereby driving job creation.

Under a competitive process, Enterprise Ireland is now seeking applications for funding under four streams with varying investment levels:

Stream 1 Major Change Projects - €2m up to €5m per project,

Stream 2 Regionally Significant Projects - €250,000 up to €2m per project,

Stream 3 Local & Community Enterprise Development Projects - €50,000 up to €250,000 per project,

Stream 4 Industry Clusters - €50,000 up to €250,000 per project.

Feasibility Study funding is also available for Streams 1 and 2 projects only.

Please see the link below for full details of this competitive fund and application process. This scheme is open to all regions in the Republic of Ireland including the Dublin region.

Regional Enterprise Development Fund

For further information contact the following regional representative in your region:

Dublin Mid East region contacts:

Michael Brougham 090 6487121

Deirdre O Neill 01 7272145

Ena Coleman 01 7272787


Enterprise START Workshops If you have an idea for an innovative and ambitious start-up business that has the potential for exporting and growth in International Markets, then Enterprise Ireland can assist you in exploring your new business idea through their Enterprise START Workshops.

Their Workshops can help you build the foundations for your success by understanding:


• Your customer
• Your market
• Your funding needs

The workshops are practical, interactive and thought provoking. Participants will be provided with comprehensive information to understand the business development process including the key success factors and potential pitfalls as well as an outline of financial supports available from Enterprise Ireland and your Local Enterprise Office.

They have upcoming workshops in:
Galway on Wednesday 24th May 2017 at Enterprise Ireland, Mervue Business Park, Mervue, Galway
Meath on Wednesday 7th June 2017 9:00-17:00 at The Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Mayo on Wednesday 27th September 2017 in Westport, Co. Mayo

The workshop is free of charge and refreshments are also provided.

If a person would like to attend then they must register via the registration form on the Enterprise Ireland website.
Registration details and further information can be found at

19.04.2017Brexit -Moving into the new Europe for SMEs - Blanchardstown Europe Direct Information Centre in partnership with Fingal Libraries are holding a free conference entitled “Brexit -Moving into the new Europe for SMEs” in The Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15 on Wednesday the 10th of May at 6pm.

Speakers will include Barry Andrews, Director General, Institute of International and European Affairs, Anne Lanigan Manager, Brexit Unit, Enterprise Ireland and Donal McCarthy CEO of Commercial Mushroom Producers.

Registration and refreshments will be available from 5.15pm. Booking is essential.

RSVP to or by Thursday 4 May 2017

24.03.2017The Dublin City Public Libraries Spring 2017 Start Your Own Business Programme in association with the Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City and QED Training takes place from 23rd March to 27th April. The programme is a series of six free talks and is aimed at those contemplating self-employment and in need of guidance and expertise in all aspects of starting or growing a business in Ireland.


By the end of the programme you will:
1. Understand the pros and cons of being your own boss
2. Know the key requirements and key tasks needed to start a business
3. Learn how to put a business plan together
4. Be able to evaluate your personal skills in business
5. Know where to get advice and source finance for your business
6. Be clear about the legal requirements for starting a business

You can reserve your seat by:
Telephoning 01 873 3996 OR Emailing
OR Online

26.07.2016The European Commission under its Single Market Strategy have proposed the introduction of a Services Passport for providers of business services and construction services. The Services Passport will simplify the administrative procedures for service providers who want to expand to other EU countries. As part of the Commission’s work in developing the Services Passport they have launched a public consultation and are seeking views from stakeholders, on the effect the administrative and regulatory procedures and insurance requirements have on their attempts to provide their services in other EU countries. The results of this consultation will provide invaluable input for the Commission in assessing the issues which the Services Passport will need to address. The consultation on the proposal to introduce a services passport and address regulatory barriers in the construction and business services sectors, and on possible action to address barriers in the insurance sector, will remain accessible until 26 July 2016.
24.04.2016Visit the Census 2016 Website
18.04.2016Your Europe Advice will be hosting a Facebook chat answering questions on the recognition of professional qualifications in the EU. The chat will take place on 18th April 2016 and questions can already be submitted to the  Facebook event page
30.03.2016Social Media For Small to Medium Sized Businesses - Learn The Skills To Increase Your Profiles in 2016 with Sarah Staunton, Marketing & Advertising Specialist. Wednesday, March 30th, 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm in the Central Library, ILAC Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. Booking Advisable To Avoid Disappointment On The Day. Tel. 01 873 3996. email:
24.03.2016Free Talk: Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur - Create and Produce Ideas by Learning the Creative Process to Becoming a profitable business person with Nevin Cody, QED Training. Dublin, Central Library, Thursday, March 24th from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Book online at Or in person Or by telephoning 01 873 3996 Or by emailing
15.03.2016Dublin City Public Libraries presents Starting a Food Business, an exciting and innovative afternoon of free interactive business support in the Business Information Centre, Central Library on Tuesday 15th March from 2.00pm - 4.30pm. Speakers from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Environmental Health Section of the HSE and Dublin City Council Planning Department will share invaluable information and advice about starting a new food venture in the city. While attendance at the event is free, booking is recommended. Reserve your place now by phoning 01 873 3996 or by emailing
08.10.2015Taking Care of Business - North East Regional Event Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda Thursday 08 Oct 2015 - Representatives from 30 State Offices and Agencies will be available at Information Stands throughout the event to give you information and advice on a range of services that span your business needs and activities.
24.08.2015Government signs contract to deliver a one-stop online licensing portal - The new licensing portal will allow retailers to register and apply for licences they are obliged to have for trading purposes in one location thus reducing dramatically the amount of time in form filling required to comply with various licensing obligations.