What They Do
Their mission: They will lead on the creation and maintenance of high quality and sustainable full employment across all regions of the country by championing enterprise and innovation across government, by supporting a competitive business base to incentivise work, enterprise, trade, innovation and investment and by promoting fair and competitive markets as well as best business practice through the regulatory and enforcement work of the Department, its offices and its agencies.
Innovation, Research & Development
They develop, promote and co-ordinate innovation, research and development policy. They influence the European and International research agenda to allow research and enterprise in Ireland avail of opportunities arising through research programmes. They fund Enterprise Ireland, SFI and the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions; They develop intellectual property policy, prepare legislation and provide an intellectual property regime which reflects the international law environment and best practice.
Trade & Investment
They drive the development and delivery of the enterprise development programmes of IDA Ireland, the principal agency charged with attracting foreign direct investment and promoting Ireland as the best small country in the world to do business. They promote the development of Ireland’s exports to world markets and work with Enterprise Ireland to help Irish Companies achieve global success.
Support for SMEs
They provide a range of tailored supports for enterprise of all sizes in Ireland, including support for businesses to prepare for Brexit. Supports include access to finance, management development, mentoring supports, business development programmes, market supports and trade promotion. They hold structured dialogue with key stakeholders and they advocate across Government to ensure the needs of SMEs are taken into account in the execution of national policy.
Business & Sectoral Initiatives
The Department engages with key stakeholders to address issues that arise on a sectoral basis across all areas of enterprise activity. These business and sectoral initiatives are across a wide range of areas covering internationally traded goods and services as well as the domestically traded sector. The key focus is to develop and implement policy to enhance the enterprise environment leading to the start-up and growth of competitive firms in Ireland and sustainable development for enterprises of all sizes.
Workplace & Skills
They ensure through work at national and international levels that workplaces are safe, employment rights are respected, harmonious industrial relations are promoted and any disputes or breaches are handled efficiently and effectively; that skills needs are identified and met through alignment of education and training provision and, as required, through targeted and efficient economic migration.
EU & Internal Market
They have a leadership and coordination role in respect of the EU Competitiveness Council and on the Single Market and generally in driving the Department’s EU Agenda. They engage proactively at EU institutional level and with their EU partners so as to ensure that Departmental EU priority measures are advanced. They support their Ministers in their pursuit of achieving domestic and EU Policy outcomes that are supportive, in particular, of the enterprise, competitiveness, single market and innovation agendas. In relation to Brexit, they ensure a coordinated and coherent approach to Brexit across all policy areas of the Department.
Company & Corporate Law
Company law provides the legislative framework for the structure and operation of companies registered in Ireland, whether domestic or foreign. It seeks to ensure a balance between simplifying the day-to-day running of a business; maintaining necessary protections for those dealing with companies, such as creditors and investors; and putting in place an effective corporate governance regime to ensure compliance. This law is contained in the Companies Act 2014 and related statutory instruments. Some company law derives from EU legislation. A similar regime applies to industrial and provident and friendly societies.
Consumer & Competition
To help make markets work effectively for consumers and for the economy as a whole, their work falls under two main headings: national policy and EU policy on current competition and consumer matters; and supporting as well as liaising with and monitoring the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.