Self-Employment

If you’re interested in setting up your own business, there are a number of supports available to you.

SII Community Outreach Officer

Your SII Community Outreach Officer can assist you in accessing your local supports in setting up a business.

Local County Enterprise Office

You can contact your local County Enterprise Office who will provide information about grants, subsidised training courses and mentoring. You can find your nearest Local Enterprise Office here

Local Development Company

Your Local Development Company or LEADER Partnership may also have a ‘Start Your Own Business’ Course or local grants available to you. You can find your nearest Local Development company here

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

If you would like to set up your own business you may be eligible for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance. If you are eligible, you can keep a percentage of your social welfare payment for up to 2 years. You are likely to be eligible for this is if you have been in receipt of one of the following payments for 12 months:

  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Jobseekers Benefit
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • Blind Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Carers Allowance
  • Farm Assist
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Incapacity Supplement
  • Widow / Widowers or Surviving Civil Partner’s Pension
  • Or Illness Benefit for more than 3 years

You can keep extra benefits such as Fuel Allowance, Medical Card and Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance whilst in receipt of BTWEA.