Useful Business Websites

Organisation

Description

Website

AIB Business Banking

First point of reference to find out more about our products and services available to our business customers.

www.aib.ie/business

AIB Merchant Services

Accept and process debit and credit card payments with Ireland’s largest provider of card acceptance services

www.aibms.com

AIB Seed Capital Fund

AIB €53m Seed Capital Fund (established 2007) - Seed capital funding to Irish business in the early stages of their development. Fund set up with financial support of Enterprise Ireland.

Refer to Seed Capital in InfoBank for further information.

www.aibseedcapitalfund.ie

AIB Start-up Accelerator Fund

€22m AIB Start Up Accelerator Fund (established 2011) - Seed capital funding to Irish business in the early stages of their development. Fund set up with financial support of Enterprise Ireland.

Refer to Seed Capital in InfoBank for further information.

www.actventure.com

Central Statistics Office

Ireland's national statistics office. Useful for market research for start-up businesses.

www.cso.ie

Chambers Ireland

A business organisation - a chamber consists of local business representatives who join together to promote the economic and social development of their community.

www.chambers.ie

Companies Registration Office

To register your business.

www.cro.ie

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

For more information on government agencies and employment law.

www.djei.ie

Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Useful for economic information, trends and statistics.

www.esri.ie

Enterprise Boards

For support targeted specifically at the micro-enterprise sector.

www.enterpriseboards.ie

Enterprise Ireland

Government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

www.entepriseireland.ie

Environmental Protection Agency

An agency at the front line of environmental protection and policing.

www.epa.ie

Guinness Enterprise Centre

To stimulate enterprise development and business innovation within the inner city.

www.gec.ie

Health & Safety Authority

Has the overall responsibility for the administration and enforcement of health and safety at work in Ireland.

www.hsa.ie

Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)

National voice of businesses and employees and is the umbrella body for Ireland's leading sector groups and associations.

www.ibec.ie

Irish Exporters Association

Represents the whole spectrum of companies within the export industry.

www.irishexporters.ie

Irish Franchising Association

Search for business franchise opportunities.

www.irishfranchiseassociation.com

Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME)

Independent representative association for SMEs.

www.isme.ie

Irish Patents Office

Investigate granting of patents and the registration of Trade Marks and design.

www.patentsoffice.ie

MicroFinance Ireland

Microfinance Ireland (MFI), as a not-for-profit lender, has been established to deliver the Government’s Microenterprise Loan Fund as part of The Action Plan for Jobs. The Microenterprise Loan Fund forms part of a suite of financial schemes provided through the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to assist businesses in a range of sizes across all industry sectors.

The objective of Microfinance Ireland is to provide additional lending to start-up, newly established or growing microenterprises that have commercially viable proposals but do not meet conventional risk criteria applied by commercial banks.

Refer to MicroFinance Ireland Intranet page for further information.

www.microfinanceireland.ie

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Ireland's official standards body. It is the national certification authority for CE Marking.

www.nsai.ie

Network Ireland

Women in business networking organisation.
AIB is in partnership with Network Ireland - 10% discount on subscription fees for AIB customer and 20% discount on subscription fees for AIB staff

www.networkireland.ie

Revenue Commissioners

For information on tax and implications for a start-up business.

www.revenue.ie

Small Firms Association (SFA)

National organisation representing the needs of small enterprises (those employing less than 50 employees).

www.sfa.ie

Survey Monkey

To help you set up surveys to complete your market research.

www.surveymonkey.com

Údarás Na Gaeltachta

Regional authority for the economic, social and cultural development of the Gaeltacht - funds and fosters a wide range of enterprise development and job creation initiatives.

www.udaras.ie