Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland’s international trade, innovation, leadership and competitiveness.
The ultimate objective is increased exports, employment and prosperity in Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland was established by the Industrial Development (Enterprise Ireland) Act 1998. The agency operates in accordance with the provisions of the Industrial Development Acts 1986–2003 and under the aegis of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Founded in 1998, Enterprise Ireland was established following a merger of a number of State agencies, An Bord Tráchtála (Irish Export Board), Forbairt and part of FÁS (Ireland’s National Training and Employment Authority).
Enterprise Ireland is the Government agency charged with developing and promoting Irish enterprise and has special responsibility for foreign-owned companies in the food industry. The agency works closely with ambitious Irish companies focusing on Exports, Innovation, Competitiveness, Management Capability and Entrepreneurship to succeed and grow.
Enterprise Ireland helps these companies by:
- Assisting in the development of strategic business plans;
- Building leadership and management capability;
- Accessing overseas markets and connecting with overseas buyers and researchers.
Financing to support the Business Plan.
Enterprise Ireland helps to drive the international sales of Irish companies in a cost effective way that, in turn, will support economic recovery and ultimately lead to job creation and prosperity throughout Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland works with the Department of An Taoiseach, our parent Department, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Department of Finance, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Department of Education and Skills. The agency also works closely in collaboration with our sister agencies Forfás (Ireland’s national policy advisory body for enterprise and science), IDA Ireland (Ireland’s inward investment agency), Science Foundation Ireland (National Foundation for Investment and Research), An Bord Bia (The Irish Food Marketing Board) and other relevant bodies to drive the development of the Irish economy.
Enterprise Ireland has a key contribution to make and we are determined to discharge our responsibilities for the benefit of Irish enterprise, the economy and Irish society.
Enterprise Ireland West Regional Office
Mervue Business Park Galway