Other Support Agencies and Resources

Local and National Enterprise Support Agencies


Athlone Community Taskforce & Opportunity in a Million

Parnell Square Athlone Co. Westmeath Tel: (090) 64 94555 Fax: (090) 64 93311 Email: athlonecommunitytaskforce@eircom.net & oim@actathlone.ie  Web: www.actathlone.ie/ Athlone Community Taskforce is a local development structure supporting a fully operational Business Development Centre, which incorporates provision of Workspace Units, Business Advisory Service, Financial Support, Business Training as well as local development initiatives.

Athlone Institute of Technology

Dublin Road, Athlone. Tel: (090) 6424400 Fax: (090) 6424417 Email: webmaster@ait.iewww.ait.ie

Athlone Institute of Technology is strongly committed to the economic and social development of the Midlands region. The Institute is driving partnership with both industry and community through the services of a number of departments:-

The External Services Unit

The Midlands Business Innovation Centre

The Continuing and Adult Education Centre

Competitive Business Intelligence Unit

Each of these departments working in co-operation with each other have a number of initiatives to drive and develop capability, innovation and creativity in the region.

Chambers of Commerce

Athlone Chamber   Magazine Road  Athlone Tel: (090) 6473173 Fax: (090) 6474386 Email: info@athlonechamber.iewww.athlonechamber.ie Mullingar Chamber Ist Floor, Park House, Austin Friars Street  Mullingar Tel: (044) 9344044 Fax: (044) 9344045  Email: info@mullingarchamber.iewww.mullingarchamber.ie    

The Chambers work for the interests of businesses and for the economic development of the towns and region.

Department of Social & Family Affairs

Athlone Office                                                                Mullingar Office

Tel: (090) 64 92461                                                          Tel: (044) 9334221

The Department of Social, Community & Family Affairs administer a number of supports to employees and employers including the Back toWork Allowance / Area Allowance and the Employers’ PRSI Exemption Scheme. Other supports which may be available from the Department are grants for training, market research, business plans and start-up funding.

Enterprise Ireland

Auburn, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland. Tel:   (090) 6487100 Fax: (090) 6487101 www.enterprise-ireland.ie

Enterprise Ireland is a government organisation charged with assisting the development of Irish enterprise. Enterprise Ireland clients are mainly Irish manufacturing and internationally traded services companies employing ten or more people, and overseas food & natural resources companies operating in Ireland. Enterprise Ireland also administers national and EU supports for building technological innovation capability and co-operation between industry and higher educational institutions.

Enterprising Westmeath Network

Unit B Harbour Place, Friars Mill Road, Mullingar

Tel : 044-9345060 / 086-8163221

Email : info@ewn.ie

Website : www.ewn.ie

This network was formed in 2002. Membership of the Network is drawn from people throughout County Westmeath who are involved in self-employment and enterprise.  Supports include network support, on line business directory, annual exhibitions and promotions, business to business support.


Solas Church Avenue Mullingar Tel: (044) 9348805 Fax: (044) 9343978 Email: mullingar@fas.iewww.fas.ie FÁS Regional Training Centre Garrycastle Athlone Tel: (090) 6474481 Email: athlone@fas.ie  www.fas.ie FÁS Unit 8 Inis Carraig Business Centre Golden Island Athlone Tel: (09064) 73499 Email: athlone@fas.ie  www.fas.ie FÁS provides an extensive range of services to businesses in Ireland. These services cover small, medium and large firms, indigenous and foreign firms and those in all sectors of industry and services. FAS runs specific programmes to assist businesses and also provides a training advisory service on a regional basis.  Incentives for companies to recruit from target sections of the unemployed, the Apprenticeship system and special training programmes of relevance to employers, and FAS assistance with Recruitment are other important services.

Failte Ireland East & Midlands Region

Dublin Road, Mullingar Tel: (044) 9348761, Fax: (044) 9340413 Email: info@eastcoastmidlands.ie Web: http://www.eastcoastmidlands.ie

East Coast & Midlands Tourism provides services in four main areas: planning, servicing, development and marketing of tourism related activities.  The Regional Office will provide a range of supports to assist the enterprise base in upgrading their overall capability and can assist with product development and marketing.

Investment and Development Agency (IDA) Ireland

Athlone Business & Technology Park, Dublin Road, Athlone Co. Westmeath Tel: (090) 6471500 Fax: (090) 6471550 Website: www.idaireland.com

IDA Ireland has national responsibility for securing new investment from overseas in manufacturing and international services sectors and for encouraging existing foreign enterprises in Ireland to expand their businesses.In general, IDA Ireland can provide a range of grant aid for new industry, including capital grants, employment grants and training grants. Grants are also available towards investment in R&D facilities. IDA can use one type of grant or a combination of grants to offer a ‘grants package’ which will be calculated as an overall amount of grant per job based on the number of jobs to be created by the grant-aided project. Therefore, in many cases, an important determination of the total grant package is the number of jobs to be created by the company.

Mullingar Employment Action Group

Enterprise Centre Bishopsgate Street Mullingar Co. Westmeath Tel: (044) 9343444 Email: meag@eircom.net

The Mullingar Action Group provides assistance, support and advice to businesses in Mullingar and its surrounding districts either directly, or indirectly, in a partnership approach with other agencies concerned with business development. Their range of services include:-

Train entrepreneurs in Business Management and start-up.

Help source finance for new businesses.

Help formulate business plans

Train people in work practices, standards, output and principles.

Provide starter / incubator units for start up businesses at affordable rates

Provide office back-up facilities for start up businesses

Act as a first point of contact for businesses wishing to set up in the Mullingar area.

Supports for the Retail Sector in Ireland

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment’s Retail sector in Ireland webpage:

Retail sector in Ireland - DETE (enterprise.gov.ie)

The webpage contains information on:

Revenue Commissioners

Government Offices Pearse Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Tel: (090) 6421800 Email: athlntax@revenue.ie

Responsible for the efficient collection of taxes and duties and implementing import and export controls, the RevenueCommissioners provide a wide range of related services including a comprehensive information and advice service which can be accessed via their website at www.revenue.ie or by phone at 1980 605090.  

Click here for Revenue Incentives

The Office of the Revenue Commissioners provides a number of supports and initiatives to assist start-up business and small and medium enterprises.


Teagasc Bellview Dublin Road Mullingar Tel: (044) 9340721 Fax: (044) 9340327 www.teagasc.ie  Email: mmerriman@westmeath.teagasc.ie Teagasc Dublin Road Moate Co. Westmeath Tel: (090) 6481167 Fax: (090) 6482085 www.teagasc.ie 

Teagasc provides integrated research, advisory and training services for the agriculture and food industry in Ireland. They are a semi-state organisation established under legislation enacted by the Irish government.


Roscommon Enterprise Centre Racecourse Road Roscommon

Tel : 090 6625196

Email : jdonlon@westbic.ie Website : www.westbic.ie

WESTBIC Business & Innovation Centre provides tailored support to innovative enterprises from concept to commercialisation.  Estabished in 1987, supports include : incubation space, seed capital, mentoring support, networking, community enterprise, training and implementation of enterprise-led cross border and EU programmes.


Westmeath County Childcare Committee

County Buildings,  Mullingar. Tel: (044) 9335454 Fax: (044) 9347962 www.westmeathchildcare.ie Email: westmeathcountychildcare@eircom.net

Westmeath County Childcare Committee was established in May 2001 and is a key element of the Government’s co-ordinated strategy to develop quality childcare in Ireland. Amongst the key aims of the Committee are:-

Develop a coordinated strategy for childcare provision in Westmeath

Increase the supply of Childcare Services

Support and develop local networks of Child Providers

Westmeath County Council

County Buildings, Mullingar Tel: (044) 9332000 www.westmeathcoco.ie Email: secretar@westmeathcoco.ie

Westmeath County Council is committed to providing the sustainable development of the County, providing the services that the public seek and need, in an equitable, efficient and effective manner and ensuring social inclusion. Westmeath County Council provides a range of services in the following areas:-

Economic Development and Planning


Transportation and Infrastructure

Community & Enterprise

Housing, Social & Cultural Development

Westmeath County Development Board

Community & Enterprise Office Westmeath County Council, County Buildings, Mullingar Tel: (044) 9332137 Email: dce@westmeathcoco.iewww.westmeathcoco.ie/services/cdb

The County Development Board is a statutory body, established by the Government to address the need for greater integration and co-ordination of local services provision at County level. Members of the Board are drawn from four sectors: Local Government, State Agencies active at local level, Local Development Agencies and Social Partners (including the Community and Voluntary Sector). Economic Development and Planning EnvironmentTransportation and InfrastructureCommunity & Enterprise Housing, Social & Cultural Development Develop a coordinated strategy for childcare provision in Westmeath Increase the supply of Childcare Services Support and develop local networks of Child Providers

Westmeath Community Development Ltd.

Zone C - Mullingar Business Park Clonmore, Mullingar.

Tel: (044) 9348571 Fax: (044) 9348441 Email: info@westcd.ie Web: http://www.westcd.ie/

Westmeath Community Development is a local development organisation which is owned and operated by the community in partnership with the statutory agencies, social partners and the local authorities. The creation and maintenance of employment for all members of society in the county is central to its work under:

(a) Rural Development (Leader) Programme

(b) The Local Development Social Inclusion Programme

Westmeath Territorial Employment Pact

Adult Education Centre Austin Friars Street Mullingar Tel: (044) 9342111

Westmeath TEP is one of four Territorial Employment Pacts in Ireland. Growing out of an EU initiative in 1997, they are now funded under the National Development Plan. While TEP does not fund individual entrepreneurs it is open to funding research which supports particular initiatives or activities which support the strategic interests of groups/sectors with a contribution to make to the local employment market


Nubie is an online service which gives you step-by-step instructions on how to start, fund, manage and grow your business.


National Association of Community Enterprise Centres

The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC) is a network of 120 community enterprise centres.

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)

The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is the world's largest support network for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Irish Point of Single Contact

The main role of the PSC is to provide general information on the procedures required for Irish/EU Businesses who intend operating in Ireland.

EURES - European job mobility portal

Employers (SMEs) can apply for financial support when they employ a person living in another EU country.


Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs.