Business Support in Dublin City

Planning & Economic Development Department, Block 4, Floor 3, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Roinn Pleanála agus Forbartha Eachnamaíochta Oifigí na Cathrach, An Ché Adhmaid, Baile Átha Cliath 8.
T. 01 222 0100 F. 01 222 2278 E.

10th February, 2010

For the attention of the Lord Mayor and all Councillors

Re: Business Support Unit

Dear Councillor,

I am writing to inform you of the setting up of a “Business Support Unit” which is the most recent initiative to be undertaken by the Economic Development Department in support of business.

The City Council recognises the importance of the role that business, small or otherwise, plays in the economy and is committed to supporting it. On a macro level the City Council through a number of initiatives eg “Economic Development Action Plan for the Dublin City Region”, and the “Creative Dublin Alliance” is leading and progressing an economic agenda that aims to secure growth in the Dublin Economy.

The Business Support Unit pages on Dublin City Council’s Website provides up to date information on the range of City Council services and requirements which apply to business. It also provides information on support agencies and funding opportunities.

City Council Services

The City Council through the delivery of its many key activities assists businesses on a daily basis and has now established a Business Support Unit (BSU) that will further enhance this service. The unit provides information on the range of Dublin City Council services that are required for setting up or growing a business. While there may be a general awareness out there in relation to some areas eg planning permission, there may not be the same level of awareness in relation to other areas such as licensing requirements eg casual trading licence.

The service can be accessed on Dublin City Council’s Website. Please click on the following link to view the information

Business Support Unit

Guide to Enterprise

The unit also provides a referral service to the many other business support agencies that exist. The Council is in no way attempting to replicate other organisations, it is simply endeavouring to play whatever role it can in supporting business. It is important that people are referred to the most appropriate source regardless of the initial point of contact and to this end the Economic Development Department in cooperation with the City Enterprise Board, launched a ‘Guide to Enterprise in Dublin City’ in 2009 . The Guide is a comprehensive compilation of advice and information for those who have a business idea and are thinking of setting up a new business or for those who already own a business, It also provides a directory of many of the business support agencies and organisations.

Please click on the following link to view the information.

Guide to Enterprise in Dublin City


The City Council is acutely aware of the importance of funding for business. A new easy to use, icon driven web portal that offers users the option to browse funding information or make a funding search customised to their specific requirements has been developed. This free online search facility is a gateway to information on over 480 funding opportunities available from, European, Government, Local, Lottery and Charitable sources. The website is constantly being updated with new funding opportunities. The website also provides information on grants and funding to community Groups, Charities, not-for–profit organisations and the Social Enterprise sector.

Please click on the following link to view the funding website

Funding 4 Business

Hard copies of the ‘Guide to Enterprise in Dublin City’ are available on request from the Business Support Unit.

If you would like a demonstration of the or for further information please contact the Business Support Unit on 2223012 / 2223186 / 2225233 / 2225235 or e-mail

Declan Wallace