Local small businesses have an opportunity to get a slice of over €1.2m in funding being made available by Enterprise Ireland to promote innovation and competitiveness, according to Dublin South West TD and Independent Minister Katherine Zappone.
Both funds represent an opportunity for those small firms which form the backbone of the economy in Citywest, Tallaght and Rathfarnham to get extra support and it is through such efforts that our communities remain not only a home of ground breaking development but also a source of good jobs.
Welcoming the Enterprise Ireland Funds Minister Zappone added:
“Small firms deserve the support of Government. They keep our economy moving and are often the launch pad for new ideas.
“I welcome the announcement of two national funds by Enterprise Ireland to support this work and am encouraging our local business people to see if the supports can help them grow.
· A €750,000 Competitive Start Fund is aimed at companies which are just starting. There is a special focus on those operating in the areas of Agricultural, Manufacturing, Lifesciences and Renewables. The closing date is Wednesday 27th September.
· €500,000 is being made available to link small firms with public bodies to complete important projects. These include ways to ensure wildlife does not interfere with safety at Dublin Airport, solutions to combat illegal dumping including in the South Dublin County Council area and improvements to Irish Rails Bridges to prevent them being hit by trucks.
“I know we have the knowledge, expertise and skills in our communities to respond to these calls.
“Innovation, research and development as well as competitiveness are key if we are to have a vibrant business community which can deliver real benefits for the entire community.
“Full details of the funds are available at www.enterprise-ireland.com“