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Starting A Business

Your first point of contact when thinking of starting a business in Waterford should be the Waterford Local Enterprise Office.

Local Enterprise Office

The Local Enterprise Offices are here to help you start a business, expand an existing business and help you reach new markets. They provide advice, information and support to you in starting up and growing your business.

LEO Waterford have offices in 35 The Mall, Waterford City and Civic Offices, Dungarvan or telephone us on 051-849905 or


Rates are administered by the Finance team of Waterford City and County Council. All queries about rates can be found on their page.

Go to Economic Development Grants for information relating to the Economic Incentive Scheme 2023-2024.

Enterprise Centres

There are a number of Community Enterprise Centres across Waterford that offer incubation, office and production space. Many Enterprise Centres also offer other supports including mentoring, meeting facilities, secretarial services etc.

Please contact them directly to discuss your requirements.

List of Enterprise Centres

Business Networks

Networking is a great way to make contacts to help you grow your business and also to share some of the stress of being your own boss.

There are a number of opportunities for business networking in Waterford.

Waterford Chamber Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber Waterford Micro Business Network


Gaeilge sa Ghnó - Irish in Business

Foras na Gaeilge offers a range of incentives and supports to businesses to use Irish, including grant assistance and other guidance and advice. Information on these supports can be found in the Corporate area of the Foras na Gaeilge website and also in the Publications area of the site.