Growing Your Business - Trading Over 18 Months

I’m looking to grow my business, how can the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City help me?

We have a broad range of supports that help you:


For tailored support, our one to one mentoring programme connects you with an experienced business mentor to provide you with advice to suit your business needs. Each session offers you up to 3 hours contact time with a mentor, which can be made up of onsite/off site visit(s), email/telephone support or time guiding your research for your business. You can choose between one 3 hour (€50) or two 3 hour (€100) sessions. Applications can be made here.


We run a number of workshops to develop entrepreneur’s skillsets and understanding. Topics include Marketing Strategy, Social Media & Digital Marketing, Search Engine Optimisation, Tax and Bookkeeping, intellectual property and Brexit to name just some of the subjects covered.

For more information and to make a booking visit

Management Development Programmes

Aimed at owners/ managers and key staff members of small business who wish to gain an introduction to LEAN concepts, the Lean for Micro Management Develop Programme allows them to gain a practical understanding of LEAN principles. If you would like to take part in this programme, register your interest here.

Our Accelerate Programme provides the owner/manager with the management, leadership, business skills and knowledge to achieve sustainability and growth in their business. Register your interest here to participate in our next programme

Plato Dublin provides practical training, business counselling and support so that you acquire the skills necessary to help your business grow and prosper. The programme also provides access to experienced executives from large organisations to support you throughout the two year programme. To find out more visit

Financial Supports

Our grant supports include theBusiness Expansion Grant(salary costs),Trading Online Voucher(eCommerce) as well as the Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters Grant (international tradeshows).

Alternatively we can assist you with making a Microfinance Ireland (MFI) Loan application. MFI offer unsecured loans of between €2,000 and €25,000 to cover working capital, marketing costs as well as the purchase of stock, equipment, machinery and business vehicles. Applications made through LEO Dublin City can avail of a preferential interest rate.

If you are interested in the financial supports available through LEO Dublin City please ensure you read the eligibility criteria before applying.


Networking is a valuable and productive activity for owner/managers. Networking puts you in contact with like-minded people whose experience an­d knowledge can help greatly in helping you solve the day-to-day problems of business and benefit from the opportunities that may arise.

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Are LEO Dublin City grants subject to tax?

The Revenue guide on Employment Grants and Recruitment Subsidies (reviewed in May 2019) states that the LEO grants are tax exempt.

I am looking for a co-working or enterprise centre for my business, where can I find one? has a full & comprehensive list of available spaces in Dublin city and county. To find out if there's a suitable space for you and your business, please see here.

Are there any other supports available?

New Frontiers is a national entrepreneur development programme, funded by Enterprise Ireland. Aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable new businesses that have strong employment and growth potential. Delivered by third-level institutions, at 16 locations around Ireland, it provides a comprehensive set of business development supports to participants. Supports include:

  • Training

  • Mentoring

  • Access to office space,

  • Scholarships

  • Peer to peer learning

  • Networking

  • Access to Enterprise Ireland experts

  • Introductions to seed and early stage capital investment networks


The New Frontiers Programme is delivered across three phases:

Phase 1: Testing Your Business Idea (2 evenings for 8 – 10 weeks)

Phase 2: Business Planning (6 months Full-Time)

Phase 3: Business Development (2/3 months Full-Time)


Enterprise Ireland’s  Agile Innovation Fund supports clients to quickly develop innovations and respond to opportunities and threats in new and existing markets. It is a great fit for companies that need to rapidly develop solutions or are planning a first R&D project. Companies can access up to 50% in support of innovation projects with a total cost of up to €300,000


For more information on supports available to you visit