Local Enterprise Office

Welcome to Local Enterprise Office Galway

We are here to help you to start your new business, expand an existing business or help you to reach new markets.

We are your first stop shop for your business needs.

Training Courses

The Local Enterprise Office Galway provides a range of training courses that give small business owners practical skills for their business development.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance is one of many ways that Local Enterprise Office Galway tries to help businesses grow in the county. The Trading Online Voucher scheme is but one of many of these supports available to businesses.  

Growing Entrepreneurship

Fostering and growing entrepreneurship in Galway is one of the main objectives of Local Enterprise Office Galway. Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition is but one of a range of initiatives aimed at helping entrepreneurs reach their goals.

Latest News

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    09/05/2018

    Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs ...

    Enterprise Ireland’s €1 million Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs isl open for applications until 3pm on 15 May, 2018 ....

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    24/04/2018

    Galway Wins National IBYE Award

    Local Enterprise Galway’s client Dr. Brendan Boland of Loci Orthopaedics was named one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs on Sunday at the National Final in Dublin’s Google HQ. Brendan won the Best Business Idea category ahead of seven other finalists from around Ireland and secured a €12,000 investment fund for his business. ...

  • IBYE National Final

    19/04/2018

    Brendan Boland in National IBYE Final ...

    The national final of Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur Awards competition will take place on 22nd of April with Galway finalist, Brendan Boland representing the city and county at Google HQ in Dublin. ...

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    05/04/2018

    Lean For Micro Business Programme

    Learn about the substantial improvements in productivity and profitability that can result from the application of Lean principles and techniques.  ...

  • 05/04/2018

    Limited Places Available in Food Academy

    The Food Academy Programme allows you to develop your food product idea from concept to finished product.

  • 05/04/2018

    Test Your Business Idea with Lean Launch

    Lean Launch provides a hands-on, real-world approach, where an individual can test their business model before actually launching their business. ...

  • 05/04/2018

    Galway in National Young Entrepreneurs Final

    Galways Brendan Boland will represent Galway in the national final of Irelands Best Young Entrepreneur Awards competition on April 22nd. ...

  • 28/03/2018

    Galway Student Enterprise Awards Finalists Announced

    The Galway final of the Student Enterprise awards took place at the Clayton Hotel last week. 220 students from 16 schools across Galway City and County entered the final with 11 award winners announced by LEO Galway’s Head of Enterprise, Breda Fox. ...

  • 22/02/2018

    Events Announced for Enterprise Week 2018

    From helping small businesses spot ‘mega’ trends to assisting start-ups to close more sales, the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) are teaming up to run hundreds of events across the country from 4th to 9th March....

  • 21/02/2018

    Have a winning business idea?

    Have a winning business idea that you've always wanted to try? Take this half day workshop on March 1st to explore further. ...

  • 14/02/2018

    Building Craft & Design Enterprise Programme

    Are you ready to take your Craft / Design Business to the next level? Have you been trading for at least 18 months? Are you ready to develop new work and explore new markets? If you can answer ‘Yes’ to the above questions then the Building Craft & Design Enterprise Programme is for you. This exciting practical Programme runs from March – October 2018...

  • 25/01/2018

    Beyond the West - Food Producers Event 2018

    LEO Galway, Bord Iascaigh Mhara and Údarás na Gaeltachta will host a special showcase on Tuesday 6th of March from 9am – 1pm for high quality food producers at Tribeton, Merchants Road, Galway. ...

  • 23/01/2018

    Applications now open for National Enterprise Awards 2018...

    Applications now open for National Enterprise Awards 2018 The National Enterprise Awards recognise and celebrate the contribution made by small firms to the Irish economy. Local Enterprise Office Galway is currently inviting entries from our clients. The winner will go forward to the National Final in the Mansion House on the 24th May 2018. The Galway competition carries a prize fund of over €4,000 plus awards and cash prizes to be presented locally as follows: Overall Winner - Galway: €2,500 Best New Business - Galway €1,500 ...

  • 08/12/2017

    IBYE Galway Winners Announced

    Winners and runners up announced for the Galway entries to the Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition.

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    28/09/2016

    Local Enterprise Office Galway launches local programme for National Women’s Enterprise Day...

    Local Enterprise Office Galway is organising the Western region event in the g hotel to celebrate the success stories of Irish female entrepreneurs and to encourage more women across the region to access enterprise supports for starting or growing a business...

  • 17/08/2015

    June 2018 Start Your Own Business Training

    Start Your Own Business Course, 5th June - 28th June 2018

  • Dorothy Creaven

    06/06/2014

    Are you Galway’s Best Young Entrepreneur?...

    New competition to find Galway’s Best Young Entrepreneur with investment of up to €50,000 available for winners. ...

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    23/04/2014

    OMiG Awards

    Categories included Best Blog, best website, email, social media, best start up, online marketing leadership and the people’s choice award....

  • Siobhan Joyce

    24/04/2014

    Galway Food Festival 2014

    Celebrating Galway as a good food destination and with a strong a focus on artisan, seasonal and local produce, the best that Galway city & county has to offer....

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    04/04/2014

    BIG 2014 Start for six Small Local Craft Producers...

    Six small craft businesses from Galway are taking a big step showcasing their products to international buyers within the ‘Enterprise Zone’ at this year’s Showcase event,...

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    04/04/2014

    DiaNia Medi-tech products spark worldwide interest...

    A former design engineer with the Galway-based medical technology firm Creganna, decided to take a leap of faith and start her own business....

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    04/04/2014

    Element Software wins €50,000 as the ‘Best New Start’...

    Element Software wins €50,000 as the ‘Best New Start’ company at InterTradeIreland’s Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition...

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    04/04/2014

    Solaris WINS at the National Enterprise Awards...

    Galway-based Solaris Botanicals has won the ‘Best Start Up Business’ award at this year’s National Enterprise Awards, organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards....

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    04/04/2014

    Featured Craft Maker of the Week - Lynsey de Burca...

    We are doing a weekly double whammy promo with My Granny Likes It and first up is Lynsey de Burca......

  • 04/04/2014

    UPDATE-Photography for presenting your product to its best potential...

    UPDATE - ***This course is now booked out but we are running a cancellation list - email networking@galwayenterprise.ie***...

Case Studies

  • jethro

    26/04/2016

    Jethro Sheen – A Passion for Stone

    Jethro Sheen has created an oasis of calm and beauty in his showrooms in the old fever hospital in Gort....

  • foodcraft

    08/12/2015

    Local Food & Craft Gift Fair 2015

    Coverage of the local food and craft gift fair at the Blackbox theatre on 14/15 Nov...

  • ExOrdo

    20/01/2015

    ExOrdo - A Galway Success Story

    Ex Ordo is a technology company that helps academics to manage research events....

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    05/02/2015

    Curry & Spice - A food study in Galway city...

    Shoba Thyarala produces delicious homemade curry and spice dishes and teaches Indian cookery classes at Curry & Spice...

  • Ambrose O'Halloran

    13/05/2015

    O'Halloran Wood Turners

    Ambrose O’Halloran and Brid O’Halloran have been woodturning in their studio in Cregboy, Claregalway for the past twenty years and share their passion for working with wood. ...

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    03/04/2015

    The Friendly Farmer

    The Friendly Farmer aka Ronan Byrne produces his free range meat and especially poultry from the families 35 acre farm outside Athenry...

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