General Business Development Links

The General Business Development category contains a directory of links to relevant sites which can help with any area of business development such as new business start up, growing a business, buying a business or assisting an ailing business.

Point of Single Contact []

PSC is to provide general information on the procedures required for Irish/EU businesses intending operating in Ireland. This includes general information on doing business such as tax, and registering a business

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ILAC Centre Library Business Information Centre  [ ] 

Part of the Dublin City Public Libraries website, this page gives a brief description of the Business Information Centre at the main library in the ILAC Centre

Business and Finance  [ ] 

The website of Business & Finance Magazine. Contains a rich variety of information resources as well as details of the information and research services offered by the publishers

Central Statistics Office  [ ] 

A very valuable site, providing a very wide range of statistics produced by the CSO itself, other Irish Government agencies and various international bodies. It also describes the services offered by the CSO

Vision-Net  [ ] 

A subscription-based website which gives you immediate web access to the original documents as filed in the Irish Companies Registration Office.

Kompass Ireland  [ ] 

Allows you to search using keywords among Irish and worldwide companies by product/service or company name/trade name. Each listing contains details of name, address, executives, activities, financial information. Email and website links are also provided.

Yahoo Business and Economy  [ ] 

The Business and Economy section of the Yahoo directory. Lists a vast range of business related websites organised under useful categories and sub-categories

Library of the Institute of Technology Tallaght  [ ] 

The website of the Institute of Technology Tallaght's library. Contains a variety of useful links to sources of information, style guides for academic writing and (crucially) an on-line catalogue of the library's collection, searchable in a variety of di

South Dublin Libraries  [ ] 

The website of the South Dublin County Council Library Service. Contains a description of the library's services

Dublin Business Innovation Centre (BIC)  [ ] 

The website of the Dublin Business Innovation Centre (BIC). Contains details of their services, business advice pages, a range of under-utilised discussion forums, lists of their publications and a links page

PDC-Product Development Centre  [ ] 

The PDC at the Dublin Institute of Technology has a variety of programmes to assist technology-based startups. Their website describes these programmes and offers basic start-up advice

Terenure Enterprise Centre  [ ] 

Describes the services offered by Community Enterprise Society Ltd. At the Terenture Enterprise Centre. The website contains a basic questionnaire and checklist to assist with business planning

South Dublin County Council  [ ] 

The website of the South Dublin County Council. Provides information of business interest in the areas of planning and environmental programmes as well as the workspace and industrial estate developments undertaken by the council

Partas  [ ] 

Partas is a community-based organisation that offers a wide range of enterprise support services in the networking, training, advice and workspace areas. They are managing agents for 4 incubation centres. The site contains a 'contract shop' which is a d

Institute of Technology Tallaght  [ ] 

Describes the programmes offered by the institute of Tachnology, Tallaght. The institute maintains close relations with local industry, roviding important training and accreditation services. It also runs the M50 Enterprise Platform Programme for entrepr

Cordis  [ ] 

A rich and wide-ranging site dealing with the EU's involvement in Research, development and Innovation. Contains a huge collection of information and interactive services such as an on-line technology marketplace

Europa  [ ] 

The official EU site. Carries a very rich collection of information on everything EU.

FAS  [ ] 

The FAS website provides information on their services to business and access to their on-line recruitment service

Forfas  [ ] 

The website of the national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade science, technoloyg and innovation. It contains a wide range of information on national policy in these areas plus a large number of downloadable/viewable research reports

IDA  [ ]

Contains a statistical profile of each county as well as a range of statistics on various aspects of the country as a whole. There is also a database of foreign-owned companies by origin and sector. Site offers Company Search, news & much more.

Amarach  [ ] 

Contains a range of downloadable research reports on internet related topics

OECD  [ ] 

Provides a range of research reports on member-countries economies, historical data and future economic trends. All titles available for purchase on-line, many can be downloaded immediately.

Irish Times  [ 

The Irish Times newspaper on-line information service. Contains breaking news as well as a wide range of features. There is a special Business section. The archive search facility is particularly useful.

Irish Independent  [ ] 

On-line version of the Irish Independent newspaper. Has a business section and an archive search

Sunday Business Post  [ ] 

The on-line version of the business-oriented Sunday newspaper. Contains sections on different industry sectors including a small business section. There is a subscription-based company search facility and a discussion forum

The Examiner  [ ] 

On-line version of the Irish Examiner newspaper. Most sections require (free) registration. There is a section dedicated to business

RTE  [ ] 

The main website for RTE's television and radio channels. Contains a business headlines section

BBC  [  ] 

The business section of Britain's most popular website. Its collection of news and features in written, video and audio form is comprehensive and in-depth. Material reflects a British point of view and focusses on British markets.

Sky News  [ ] 

The on-line version of the international 24-hour news channel. Contains a business page. Content is somewhat UK-centric.

Cable News Network (CNN)  [ ] 

The business page of the European on-line edition CNN's international news network. Contains rich news content, particularly market information. Provides a range of email and mobile alert services

Daily Telegraph  [ ] 

The business sectin of this British newspaper website. Contains breaking news and market information

Guardian  [ ] 

Business section of British newspaper website.

Press Association  [ ] 

Describes the services of this worldwide news service. Its archives extend back to 1900 and contains 14 million cuttings. This archive may be searched and accessed on a fee basis

Reuters  [ ] 

The on-line version of this worldwide news agency. The site contains news sections on business, internet, technology and science.

Times/Sunday Times  [ ] 

British Newspaper site. Contains various business-related subsections

HEAnet - Ireland's national education and research network  [ ] 

This site contains some interesting resources in its databases section, including a database of opinion polls in machine readable form a database of research on the voluntary sector and a database of planning, architecture and environmental information

OnBusiness  [ ] 

Contains breaking news, features, market information and listings of business-related items from RTE's radio and television channels. Audio and video clips of business-related interviews are accessible on-line and users can register for a range of email news services

Business [ ] 

Directory of business-related websites and resources. It has sections on Accounting, Advertising, Human Resources, Management (including an excellent Small Business sub-section) and several key industry sectors. It's search facility is fast and accurate.

Irish Public Sector Procurement  [ ] 

This site is the sole national procurement portal and it is envisaged that it will eventually contain all public sector purchasing oportunities. Registration is free and entitles users to search for tenders by category, keyword or type.

Basis  [ ] 

The BASIS website provides business with a single access point to all Government information and services. The information is delivered with a consistent look and feel and focuses on the needs of the business community rather than the structure of Government.

Business Owners' Ideas Cafe  [ ] 

Small business information and advice site. Advice on how to start, finance and run a small business. There's a daily contest, tech & book reviews, guest biz experts section, chat forums, and over 8,000 pages of small business tools and resources.

Department of Enterprise Trade And Employment  [ ] 

Comprehensive interactive site detailing the activities, programmes and publications of the Department for Enterprise.

The National Agriculture and Food Research & Training Body  [ ] 

The teagasc Website features training, advisory & research services as well as events, publications & recruitment opportunities.

the business shop  [ ] 

Dedicated website for business opportunities where businesses can be bought, sold, franchised or investors sought. There is a fee for placing ads on this site.

MicroTrade  [ ] 

The website of Microtrade, the cross border trade programme which is a partnership of InterTrade Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and Enterprise Northern Ireland

Innovator  [ ] 

The website of Innovator which gives details of upcoming courses & workshops on R&D, Innovator, Intellectual Property & CAD Technologies.

Action Community Enterprise  [ ] 

Website of Enterprise Action, a community based enterprise support organisation located in Clondalkin. Provides information & news on training & enterprise space.

Terenure Enterprise Centre  [ ] 

Website of CESL, a community based enterprise development organisation. Provides information on services, training, enterprise space & news.

EUROPA- the portal site of the European Union  [ ] 

EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion.

Student Enterprise Awards  [ ] 

The website of the Student Enterprise Awards - organised and supported by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) - features case studies, application forms, rules, prizes and guidelines for the Awards.

Nova UCD  [ ] 

Nova is the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre located at University College Dublin. While a significant number of their clients spin out from UCD colleges and research programmes, they also welcome clients from outside the university.

Signpost Centre for Entrepreneurs  [ ] 

This is the website for Signpost - a centre for Entrepreneurs based in DIT Aungier St. Signpost is a walk in information hub for enterprise information.

Franchise Ireland  [ ]

Franchise opportunity resource that includes Irish franchise businesses, franchises to buy, business franchise opportunities and Irish franchises for sale. Also inculdes advice on anything to do with setting up a franchise in Ireland.

Website for Business Consultants  [ ] 

Irelands newest website for both Businesses and Consultants; Allows businesses to find consultants and post proposal requests to consultants working in Ireland by using this searchable database across 18 sectors and many subsectors. Allows consultants to promote their services and respond to proposal requests as well as network with other consultants. Owned & operated by Calmar International Ltd.

Employ Ability  [ ] 

This is the website of Employ Ability, a programme which aims to integrate people with disabilities into mainstream employment through the provision of appropriate supports.  An Employment Facilitator / Job Coach supports employers and employees in this process – the aim being to meet the labour requirements of employers, and the employment needs of people of varying abilities. The website hosts sections for Employers & Employees and provides information on the process and incentives for employers.

Business Networking International (BNI)  [ ] 

Website of BNI Ireland providing background information on BNI, how it works, how to join and location of Chapters in Ireland.