Business Supports

As a Cork County Council initiative, E Centres can offer you links to Business Support Agencies locally and nationally.

Local Enterprise Offices

Your Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business. With 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices offer you a wide range of experience, skills and services. The Local Enterprise Office is for people interested in starting up a new business or already in business including entrepreneurs, early stage promoters, start-ups and small business looking to expand. Click here for our full list of services and supports.

Local Enterprise Office (South)

Unit 6A South Ring Business Park, Kinsale Road, Cork

Tel: 021 4975281
Email: southcork@leo.corkcoco.ie
Web: www.localenterprise.ie/SouthCork/

Local Enterprise Office, North & West Cork

Ground Floor, Blackwater House, Mallow Business Park, Goulds Hill, Mallow, Co. Cork

Tel: 022 43235
Email: northcork@leo.corkcoco.ie
Web: www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/

West Cork Enterprise Board

8 Kent Street, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Tel: 023 8834700
Email: westcork@leo.corkcoco.ie
Web: https://www.localenterprise.ie/CorkNorthandWest/

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

Tel: 01 7272000
Web: www.enterprise-ireland.com

Cork Chamber

Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation for the promotion and development of economic and commercial activity in the region. Cork Chamber represents close to 1,100 companies employing over 100,000 people.

Tel: 021 4509044
Web: www.corkchamber.ie

Cork Bic

CorkBIC is a private-sector led organisation, specifically set up to identify and build knowledge intensive companies based on promising technology and capable innovative people. It plays a hands-on role helping entrepreneurs navigate the minefield of raising finance, sorting out business propositions, arranging agreements with shareholders and investors, and, perhaps most important of all, finding customers.

Tel: 021 2307005
Web: www.corkbic.com

The Beacon Initiative

The Beacon Initiative was established by Cork County Council in 2012 and is funded by the Economic Development Fund. The Initiative was set up to help companies sustain existing employment, while also trying to achieve growth in turnover and an increase in profitability, with the ultimate goal being,  creation of new employment opportunities within existing businesses.
The Beacon Initiative is divided into two categories; The Beacon Initiative (for qualifying SMEs) and the Beacon Retail Programme.

Tel: 021 4285140
Web: www.beaconinitiative.net

The Rubicon Centre

The Rubicon Centre is Ireland’s premier Business Incubation Centre and is located on campus in the Cork Institute of Technology. Home to 57 knowledge based start-up companies, the Centre is jointly financed by CIT & Enterprise Ireland. Clients based at the Rubicon are at different stages of development, from concept stage to completing their first customer orders and many are already trading on the International Market.
The Rubicon Centre offers a programme aimed specifically at female entrepreneurs and start-ups, called the PINC programme.

Tel: +353 21 4928900
Web: www.rubiconcentre.ie

Ignite UCC Graduate Business Innovation Centre

IGNITE is an incubation centre in University College Cork for higher education graduates of any discipline to create jobs by nurturing entrepreneurship, accelerating business start-ups, turning innovative ideas into innovative products/ services and participate in a structured programme on all aspects of bringing a product or service to market.

Tel: 021 4205499
Email: ignite@ucc.ie
Web: www.ucc.ie/en/ignite/

Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneur Programme

The Greenshoots Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme is a six month programme which provides entrepreneurs with the facilities, support and skills required to make a real success of their business. The programme is based at Macroom E Enterprise Centre and supported by South Cork Enterprise Board and the Economic Development Section of Cork County Council.

Tel: 026 20520
Web: www.greenshootscork.ie