There are a wide range of supports available when locating, starting or growing your business in Waterford, the following are the main support agencies:
Economic Development; Waterford City & County Council
Waterford City & County Council recognises the important role that business plays in the economy and is committed to the delivery of key activities that assist businesses to set-up and expand in Waterford. The Economic Development Department provides information on and co-ordinates access to a range of council services that are required for setting up or expanding a business in Waterford, including pre-planning meetings.
T: +353 (0)761 102020
Waterford Local Enterprise Office (LEO)
The LEO serves as a ‘first stop shop’ for anyone seeking information and support to start, grow or develop a micro or small business in Waterford. Waterford LEO offer advice on supports and funding available to businesses. They will also direct you to the most appropriate support agency depending on the stage, size, sector and needs of your business.
‘Let’s Talk Business’ workshops are held regularly to introduce people and businesses to the services, supports and funding provided by the Waterford LEO.
T: +353 (0)761 10 2905
Enterprise Ireland (EI)
EI work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. It is the best place to start if any of the following apply to your business:
- More than 10 employees or will shortly grow to 10 or more
- Innovative or high-potential start-up (HPSU)
- Export potential
T: +353 (O)1 727 2000
Industrial Development Authority (IDA)
The IDA is a government body that supports and encourages international or multinational companies to locate and invest in Ireland. The IDA provides consultancy services free of charge to help international businesses to set up and grow in Ireland.
T: + 353 (0)51 333055
Údarás na Gaeltachta
Údarás na Gaeltachta encourages investment through a range of generous financial and non-financial incentives for new and existing enterprises in Gaeltacht regions such as Gaeltacht na nDéise (An Rinn & An Sean Phobal) in County Waterford.
T: +353 (0)91 503100
Waterford Leader Partnership (WLP)
WLP offers economic, social and cultural services to small businesses, community groups and individuals. LEADER is a community led rural development initiative delivered by WLP that provides funding in four main areas:
- Rural Tourism
- Enterprise Development
- Rural Towns
- Broadband Access
T: +353 (0)58 54646
SEBIC - South East Business Innovation Centre
SEBIC supports the generation and development of new innovative enterprises and assists existing SMEs to innovate and expand. They provide:
- High quality specialised business consultancy
- Active incubation
The SEBIC team works closely with other local, regional, national enterprise support agencies and has international connections, particularly in Europe, through its membership of the European BIC Network.
T: 353 (0))51 356300
Waterford Chamber Skillnet
Skillnet focus on the critical skills required to improve the performance of member companies, identify common training needs, and deliver training locally using the highest calibre trainers. The result is tailored and subsidised training that is relevant for your business.
T: +353 (0)51 311 139
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
SICAP is delivered by Waterford Area Partnership (WAP) and aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
T: +353 (0)51 841740
New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme, delivered at a local level by ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre in Waterford Institute of Technology and funded by Enterprise Ireland. If you have an innovative business idea and are planning to establish and run your own company, the New Frontiers programme can provide you with help and support to accelerate your business development.
T: +353 (0)51 302 953
Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber
Tramore Chamber of Tourism & Commerce
T: +353 (0)51 508 027
Waterford Micro Business Network
T: +353 (0)51-841740
Waterford Business Group
Online Guide to Supports Available
There are over 80 different Government supports for Irish start-ups and small businesses. This Online Guide will help you navigate the range of Government supports to find the ones relevant to your business: View Guide