Supports Available Through Local Enterprise Office Westmeath

Support to Develop Exports (TAME)

The Technical Assistance for Micro Exporters (TAME) grant enables clients to explore and develop new market opportunities.

The TAME grant part-funds the costs that can be incurred investigating and researching export markets, e.g. exhibiting at Trade Fairs, preparing marketing material and developing websites specifically targeting overseas markets.

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Feasibility Grant

Feasibility / Innovation Grants are designed to assist the promoter with researching market demand for a product or service and examining it’s sustainability.  It includes assistance with innovation including specific consultancy requirements, hiring of expertise from third level colleges, private specialists, design, and prototype development.

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Trading Online Voucher Scheme

The voucher is a financial incentive to small businesses to develop or enhance their ability to trade online.

Under the scheme a qualifying business may apply for funding to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (exclusive of VAT), whichever is the lesser.

Following approval of their application, a successful applicant can engage suppliers and upon completion of the work, submit a request for payment to the LEO in line with the terms and conditions of their voucher.

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Business Expansion Grant

The Business Expansion Grant is designed to assist the business in its growth phase after the initial 18 month start up period.  Micro enterprises that have availed of a Priming Grant are ineligible to apply for a Business Expansion Grant until 18 months after the final drawdown date of the Priming Grant, except in exceptional circumstances. Business Expansion grants may be available for sole traders, partnerships or limited companies that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Located within County Westmeath.
  • A business which on growth may or may not fit the Enterprise Ireland portfolio.
  • A business employing up to 10 employees.
  • A manufacturing or internationally traded services business.
  • A domestically traded services business with potential to trade internationally.
  • A domestically traded services business where the potential for deadweight and displacement does not exist.

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Priming Grant

A Priming Grant is a business start-up grant, available to micro enterprises within the first 18 months of start-up.  Priming grants may be available for sole traders, partnerships or limited companies that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Located within County Westmeath.
  • A business which on growth may or may not fit the Enterprise Ireland portfolio.
  • A business employing up to 10 employees.
  • A manufacturing or internationally traded services business.
  • A domestically traded services business with potential to trade internationally.
  • A domestically traded services business where the potential for deadweight and displacement does not exist.

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Lean for Micro

This is initiative can be implemented across a range of sectors

  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Distribution
  • Personal Services etc.

What is Lean?

Lean is about being effective and efficient – doing things quicker, better, cheaper. Lean strives to stamp out waste and to continually improve.

Lean tools and techniques are helping companies across all sectors and all sections from e.g. production, business processes but also sales and financial analysis and strategy.

For more information click here. 

 

Green for Micro

Sustainability is often quite a theoretical concept and many small businesses just don’t know where to start. This practical ‘how to’ event will help you to ‘Green’ your business and benefit from practical guidance on how to make your business more sustainable.

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Mentoring

Local Enterprise Office Westmeath has formed a panel of experienced Business Mentors that are available to meet with business owners to advise them on particular issues in their business. Issues that we provide mentors on include business planning, human resource and employment legislation issues, financial matters, taxation, marketing, procurement, operations management and intellectual property rights. Specialist advisors are also available for the craft, food, engineering, manufacturing and retail sectors.

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Training

Local Enterprise Office Westmeath provides a series of training & development programmes that are of benefit to various sectors of the small business community across the county.

For more information click here.

For more information or to see what other support that Local Enterprise office Westmeath have to offer click here. 

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