Waterford support agencies are a vital ally to business, from sole traders to international companies. Each business model is catered for in terms of available supports. From mentoring, training & business advice for sole traders, to grant-funding & networking for exporters, Waterford’s support agencies provide timely advice and information for Waterford businesses.


Start Up <10 employees

The Local Enterprise Office serves as a ‘first stop shop’ for anyone seeking information and support to start, grow or develop a micro or small business in Waterford.

Waterford LEO offers both funding and soft supports to micro enterprises that: operate in the commercial field; show there is a market for the product or service; and have potential for growth. They will also direct you to the most appropriate support agency depending on the stage, size, sector and needs of your business.

Contact details

T: +353 (051) 849 905 , Einfo@leo.waterfordcouncil.ie

Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)

SICAP is delivered by Waterford Area Partnership (WAP) and aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.

Contact Details

T: +353 (0)51 841740, info@wap.ie

Dungarvan Enterprise Centre

Dungarvan Enterprise Centre (DEC) is located in the centre of Dungarvan town, home of the fastest broadband in Ireland where fibre cable was laid over 17 years ago. A thriving hub of activity, Dungarvan Enterprise Centre offers a range of services and facilities including business skill training, mentoring, advisory services, hot-desk hire, green screen hire and meeting facilitation.

Skills training is focused on areas such as new media, digital growth and network marketing. We run seminars with high profile speakers to help your business to grow and we facilitate your success through our links with the business support ecosystem.

Contact Details

T: 353 (0)58 23598, info@dungarvanec.com

Waterford  Chamber of Commerce

Waterford Chamber provides a range of services that support and nurture local businesses. Whether you are an individual or a large company, Waterford Chamber can help you take your business to the next level. With a variety of benefits including business to business networking events, training and seminars as well as a host of additional services, your business can avail of all that membership has to offer.

Contact Details

T: 353 (0)51 872 639, info@waterfordchamber.ie

Dungarvan & West Waterford  Chamber of Commerce

The Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber provides a variety of services to retail, industrial, service, and professional businesses all over West Waterford including networking opportunities, training and promotion. The Chamber is also involved in many forums and joint committees with local authorities and development agencies to ensure real representation in decision making and build strong working partnerships.

Contact Details

T: 353 (0)58 45054, info@dungarvanchamber.ie


Small / Medium sized enterprises > 10 employees

Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets.  It is the best place to start if any of the following apply to your business:

  • More than 10 employees or will shortly grow to 10 or more
  • Innovative or high-potential start-up (HPSU)
  • Export potential

Contact Details

T:  +353 (O)1 727 2000, Client.Service@enterprise-ireland.com

SEBIC – South East Business Innovation Centre

SEBIC supports the generation and development of new innovative enterprises and assists existing SMEs to innovate and expand. They provide:

  • High quality specialised business consultancy
  • Active incubation

The SEBIC team works closely with other local, regional, national enterprise support agencies and has international connections, particularly in Europe, through its membership of the European BIC Network.

Contact Details
T: 353 (0)51 356300, info@sebic.ie


Rural Enterprises

Waterford Leader Partnership

WLP offers economic, social and cultural services to small businesses, community groups and individuals. LEADER is a community led rural development initiative delivered by WLP that provides funding in four main areas:

  • Rural Tourism
  • Enterprise Development
  • Rural Towns
  • Broadband Access

Contact Details
+353 (0)58 54646, E: info@wlp.ie

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Údarás na Gaeltachta encourages investment through a range of generous financial and non-financial incentives for new and existing enterprises in Gaeltacht regions such as Gaeltacht na nDéise (An Rinn & An Sean Phobal) in County Waterford.

Contact Details
+353 (0)91 503100, eolas@udaras.ie


Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – provides integrated research as well as advisory and training services to the agriculture / food industry and rural communities.

Contact Details
+353 (0)59 917 0200, info@teagasc.ie

Economic Development: Waterford City & County Council

Waterford City & County Council recognises the important role that business plays in the economy and is committed to the delivery of key activities that assist businesses to set-up and expand in Waterford. The Economic Development Department provides information on and co-ordinates access to a range of council services that are required for setting up or expanding a business in Waterford, including pre-planning meetings.

Contact details

T: +353 (0)51 849905, business@waterfordcouncil.ie


International Investors

Industrial Development Authority (IDA)

The IDA is a government body that supports and encourages international or multinational companies to locate and invest in Ireland. The IDA provides consultancy services free of charge to help international businesses to set up and grow in Ireland.

Contact Details

T: +353 (0)51 333055, idaireland@ida.ie

Ireland South East Development Office

The Ireland South East Development Office (ISEDO) is a local authority initiative which works with regional industry leaders, public and private stakeholders. The ISEDO can assist with introductions to potential partners at the world-class research and innovation centres in South East Ireland and existing businesses.

Contact Details

T:  +353 87 186 9902, alan@irelandsoutheast.com

How we help.
We can provide investment support and advice on doing business in Waterford. We facilitate introductions to economic development agencies, private industry, academia and government.