Business Supports

The Ballymun Business Support Ecosystem

Ballymun4business is a stakeholder in the Ballymun Business Support Ecosystem, a collective of local organisations committed to providing support for businesses in the Ballymun area to grow. We are dedicated to championing Ballymun as a prime business destination, and actively foster growth and engagement. Key stakeholders in the Ballymun Business Support Ecosystem include:

Economic Development Officer, Ballymun, Dublin City Council

Economic Development Officer for Ballymun, Liam Barry has responsibility for developing the North West Area’s economic and enterprise potential in order to sustain a growing population by identifying job opportunities and fostering an entrepreneurial culture. This is delivered by supporting networks such as Ballymun 4 business as well as running the annual event StartUp Ballymun which aims to encourage self-employment and entrepreneurship.  He also runs the Ballymun Finglas Business Advice Service which offers support to businesses in the Ballymun and Finglas area and manages the ‘Shop-front Improvement Scheme’ which allows businesses to apply for a grant of up to €3,000 to upgrade the front of their premises. Liam sits on the Ballymun Local Area Plan Implementation Group and supports the rollout of the LAP by linking in with new and existing businesses to identify job opportunities for the area and his remit also includes developing strategies to reactivate unused commercial space in Ballymun. 

Dublin Northwest Partnership

Dublin Northwest Partnership’s (DNP) responds to social exclusion issues by promoting self-development, well-being, training, education, employment and self-employment opportunities for individuals and community groups. For more than three decades, it has been dedicated to the communities it serves and remain steadfast in our dedication to promoting full participation in a thriving community with opportunities. Dublin Northwest Partnership operates from 3 offices – Finglas (Head Office), Cabra, and Ballymun. It also operates the Greenview Community Garden located in Finglas South.

StartUp Ballymun

StartUp Ballymun is a vibrant initiative catering for startups, entrepreneurs, and business owners, with a clear mission to invigorate enterprise within Ballymun. It is a champion for entrepreneurship and self-employment and regularly hosts events that offer tangible, expert-driven guidance from insightful speakers. StartUp Ballymun’s aims are to encourage people living in Ballymun and nearby to become self-employed, increase the business profile of Ballymun and welcome businesses from other locations to locate in Ballymun. StartUp Ballymun is an initiative of the Ballymun Area Office, Dublin City Council. Find out more about StartUp Ballymun.

Innovate Communities

In the heart of Ballymun, Innovate Communities’ Social Innovation Hub is a diverse and dynamic ecosystem comprising social entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, non-profits, creatives, and more – all dedicated to driving positive change in the community. The Social Innovation Hub offers shared workspaces that encourage networking, innovation, and knowledge sharing alongside an ambient venue and resources for workshops and interactions that support community-driven change initiatives. Find out more about Innovate Communities here.

Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City

The Local Enterprise Office is your local first-stop shop for seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. Whether you are a new entrepreneur or an existing small business owner, the Local Enterprise Office provides advice, information and support to you in starting up or growing your business. With 31 dedicated teams across the Local Authority network in Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices offer you a wide range of experience, skills and services.