I have an idea for a new business. Where do I start?

The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland.

We aim to to promote entrepreneurship, foster business start-ups and develop existing micro and small businesses to drive job creation and to provide accessible high quality supports for your Business ideas.

We will achieve this by providing the highest standard of client service and access to 'best in class' support for our clients' businesses.

Where to Start?

I am only at the ideas stage, can I still meet with the Local Enterprise Office?

Yes, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) operate an information service and have a business advisor who can discuss your idea/business proposal with you and identify the most appropriate steps for you to take to move your business idea forward.

Staff of the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) will be in a position to direct you towards appropriate soft supports such as business advice & planning days, training courses, mentors, workshops, programmes, etc.

Do I need an Accountant or a Solicitor?

Not necessarily, although we would advise that all businesses seek appropriate legal and taxation advice from a registered Accountant or Solicitor when required.

Does my business need insurance? 

When you commence in business, it is advisable to consider both personal and business insurance. The main business insurances are:

  • Employers Liability Insurance
  • Product Liability Insurance
  • Fire
  • Burglary/theft
  • Public Liability
  • Motor Insurance