Local Enterprise Office DLR -  April 2019 (Easter)
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DLR Enterprise News - April 2019
Easter Edition
In this month's edition.........
“Making it Happen” 5 years of the Local Enterprise Office Network

Since the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) were established in 2014, they have supported the creation of over 18,600 jobs nationwide with 144,830 entrepreneurs and business people trained in a range of skills over the five years.

LEOs across the country have approved and contributed funding to over 5,000 business and entrepreneurial projects while distributing €81.5million worth of direct financial assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs, stimulating job creation in communities across the country.

In those 5 years, 40,577 people have received mentoring support through the LEO network, while over 17,500 have taken a Start Your Own Business course.

Local Enterprise Office Figures – 2014 to 2019
  • 18,640 – Jobs created by Local Enterprise Office supported clients
  • 5,080 – Projects approved for funding by the Local Enterprise Offices
  • €81.5m – Direct financial assistance to Local Enterprise Office clients
  • 17,587 – Taken Start Your Own Business with their Local Enterprise Office
  • 144,830 – Engaged in training with their Local Enterprise Office
  • 7,371 – Entrants to Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE)
  • 752 – Availed of a Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters (TAME) grant
  • 40,577 – Availed of specialist mentoring through their Local Enterprise Office
  • 5,227 – Received a Trading Online Voucher
  • 24,245 – Average yearly entrants to the Student Enterprise Programme
  • 1,687 – Approved applications for Microfinance Ireland loans
  • 432 – Availed of LEAN Consultancy through their Local Enterprise Office

Contact us if we can assist your pre-Start-Up, Start-Up or Established Business - we'd be happy to help
5 years of the Local Enterprise Office Network
Brexit - Prepare Your Business for Customs Training Workshop - Thursday 25th April


Regardless of a hard or soft Customs Brexit, goods to/from the UK or transiting through the UK, will be subject to strict compliance and documentation requirements.

This workshop will cover how export and import customs procedures on trade with ‘Third Countries’ apply, how tariffs work and the need to correctly classify your goods.

There is now an urgent need to prepare your company for customs with this one-day interactive workshop. These workshops are fully funded by DBEI, through Enterprise Ireland and are delivered by Export-Edge Training, on behalf of Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown for the Dublin Region.

Attendance is free but earliest booking is essential, as these Customs Courses have been in urgent demand and immediately booked out elsewhere.



Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways Design for Business Advantage Event Tues 30th April

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network and Enterprise Ireland’s USER-FACTOR Design for SME’s group are holding a 'Design for Business Advantage' event on the 30th of April 2019 at the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel between 9am-12pm.

The theme of the event will be Design Led Innovation and aims to highlight the importance and value of design within the innovation process, the benefits involved in engaging with a design process and the role in which design implemented innovation can play in the success of Irish Businesses.
This event is suitable for all types of Irish Business such as Start Ups, Small and Medium Enterprises, large indigenous companies and multinationals. Participants can also learn about the various funding mechanisms available from Enterprise Ireland, including the Innovation Voucher, Innovation Partnership and Agile Innovation Funding programmes.
A networking lunch will be provided from 12pm. Register HERE
Essentials of Exporting Masterclasses

Are you interested in growing your business through exporting but are not sure what might be involved?

Enterprise Ireland invites you to a half-day masterclass to help you to:
 Identify what you need to export successfully
 Evaluate your products and / or services and their value to overseas customers
 Assess the opportunities and the costs, the risks and the rewards
 Hear from companies that have achieved success in export markets and meet the Enterprise Ireland advisers

The Essentials of Exporting will be run in the following locations:
  • 19 September - Shannon, The Bunratty Castle Hotel
  • 24 October - Dublin, EI offices Eastpoint
  • 26 November - Westmeath, The Mullingar Park Hotel

These masterclasses are open to clients of the Local Enterprise Offices. The cost will be €70 per company and up to three people can attend.

Invitation to our newly launched Link Network
Link Network will meet once a month on a Tuesday 6:30pm-8:30pm. Everyone is welcome whether a start up or established business and there is no fee to join.
  • Make connections through networking
  • Raise your profile and get referrals
  • Upskill through workshop content/advice
  • Get expert advice on business strategies from expert speakers
  • Exchange ideas and share experiences with other entrepreneurs
Next Meeting:
  • Tuesday 21st May
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road. Dublin


6:30pm Registration and Networking
7:00pm Introductions
7:20pm Guest Speaker
8:30pm Finish
Please book your place via email to

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Food Starter Programme 14th & 28th June 2019

This ‘Food Starter programme’ is a short two day programme designed to help those with a food idea, or those at a very early stage of starting up a food business (typically the first 24 months). The objective of the 2 days is to provide the participants with a base knowledge of what is involved in setting up a food business.

The content is designed to provide you with information which will allow you to avoid the pit falls normally associated with this journey. While certain aspects of the programme are relevant to those setting up cafes/restaurants, the core programme content is designed for those producing food to be sold through third parties i.e. food producers.

For those considering applying for the Food Academy Programme in the future, this programme will provide an excellent opportunity to boost your chances of securing a place.


Trading Online Information Seminar - Tuesday 7th May 2019

The Local Enterprise Office Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown are hosting a free seminar exclusively for businesses who wish to apply for a Trading Online Voucher. 

The morning has been designed by experienced digital marketing specialists to help participants complete the application form and to understand how to make best use of a Trading Online Voucher.

This information seminar is taking place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire from 9.30am-1.30pm. Attendance is free but advance booking is essential.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must attend this seminar in order to submit an application for the Trading Online Voucher - the next application deadline is Friday 7th June at 4pm.



We're hosting a series of free Group Business Information Sessions.

This session is specifically designed to help people who are planning to start their own business. Over the course of approx 90 minutes, one of our experienced business mentors will discuss with attendees the range of issues you need to consider when setting up and will introduce the variety of supports on offer from enterprise agencies. Time will be set aside for Questions & Answers.

Our next one takes place on 9th May 2019 in Nutgrove Enterprise Park. Register your place HERE

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Local Enterprise Office, Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown

Phone: 01 2047083

County Hall, Marine Road,
Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Opening Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 9:00 - 5:00
Friday: 9:00 - 4:30
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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