The following support agencies are most relevant if your business is located in a rural area, this includes some rural towns and villages.
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 & Access to Broadband.
T: +353 (0)58 54646
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 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
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