Growing your business


Including the main supports available from Cavan Local Enterprise Office, the following is an overview of some key supports that can help you to grow your business:


Supports towards Employment of Additional Staff


  • Grant assistance for manufacturing and internationally traded services businesses that can show potential to grow without displacing other existing enterprises - LEO Cavan
  • Acumen Programme – assistance to recruit a sales person targeting business in Northern Ireland -
  • JobsPlus Scheme – employer financial incentive for hiring people who have been out of work for some time –
  • Wage Subsidy scheme – incentive for taking on a new staff member who may have a disability –  


Supports/Guidance for New Product Development


  • Innovation voucher scheme –
  • Feasibility study grants for businesses looking to investigate potential for developing a new product for manufacture – Cavan LEO or if you are a client of Enterprise Ireland see their R&D schemes
  • Patenting or registering a new design
  • R&D tax credit – expenditure on R&D tax deductible at a higher rate     
  • Fusion Programme – assistance to take on a technology graduate to help with new product development or innovation in the business.
  • Programmes to match entrepreneurs with new idea generators like     
  • Crest Programme - development of sustainable technologies


Getting your business on-line

  • Trading Online Voucher scheme run by Local Enterprise offices - 50% of cost of new e-commerce website - Trading Online Voucher
  • Google initiate that provides guidance for building your own website using a free template –
  • E-commerce grant scheme from Cavan LEO. Grant towards part of cost of new website - replaced by online trading voucher scheme as above
  • Irish Internet Association –
  • Registering a new .ie website -




Raising Finance

  • Loan scheme for businesses refused credit from one of main banks –     
  • Venture capital for high growth industry sector –     
  • Employment and Investment Incentive (EIIS) – tax relief for investors in new manufacturing and ITS companies
  • Start Up Relief for Entrepreneurs -  'SURE'  (formerly called - Seed Capital scheme ) to reclaim past PAYE tax paid for those setting up a new company
  • Back to work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) – supports for unemployed individuals setting up a new business.
  • Three year tax exemption for new limited companies being established     
  • Partial Loan Guarantee scheme – government support to reduce risk for banks lending to small business


Enterprise related training


  • Range of short practical courses for those in business in Cavan – Cavan LEO - Online Bookings
  • Management development programmes – Accelerate Programme, and Food Academy Programme -  LEO Cavan, and New Frontiers programme from Enterprise Ireland
  • Cavan Innovation and Technology centre - custom training for corporates in Cavan and surrounding counties
  • Cavan Institute – courses in computer skills and website design
  • Small Firms Association and ISME also provide training courses to members and





Enterprise Space in County Cavan


  • Enterprise Centres - Cavan town (Killygarry), Cootehill, Killeshandra, Bailieborough, Kingscourt, Blacklion.
  • Business Parks – Cavan town includes - IDA Business Park, Killygarry,  Kilmore Business Park, Dublin Road, Century Business Park, Dublin Road, and Corlurgan business Park on Ballinagh Road; Cornacarrow, Cootehill; Creeney Business Park, Belturbet; Annagh Industrial estate, Ballyconnell; Erne Business Park, Swanlinbar.


Tendering for New Business


  • Government portal website to assist businesses getting established for tendering for new business .



Sector Specific Supports


Depending on what sector you are operating in there may be sector specific supports available particularly in the food and tourism sectors.