Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Their Department’s Governance Framework was developed in line with the Corporate Governance Standard for the Civil Service as part of the Civil Service Renewal Plan, 2014.
Vision: To make Ireland the best place to succeed in business, delivering sustainable full employment and higher standards of living across all regions of the country.
Mission: To 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.
The Department is assisted in the delivery of its programmes by a number of offices and agencies.
Innovation, Research and 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 Institution. They develop intellectual property policy, prepare legislation and provide an intellectual property regime which reflects the international law environment and best practice.
Trade and 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.
Supports 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.