Business Development Programme

COVID - 19 Update on Supports 

*Please note the start date advertised for the next Business Development Programme (6th April) has changed due to COVID-19. The next programme will commence at a later date which will be advised by DEASP and in compliance with Covid-19 public health guidance in place at the time.  

If you were already referred by a Case Officer we will be in touch with you to arrange an interview in due course. If you were not referred by a Case Officer and are interested in exploring your eligibility please complete the Expression of Interest form below or contact me directly at

We continue to:

  • Provide learning support to current participants
  • Linkage with former and current clients
  • Recruiting for new business development programme
  • Supporting businesses with filling of Covid-19 claim forms
  • Done by email, phone, Zoom, Google drive


Are you unemployed?

Do you have a business idea?

Not sure what to do next?


Make your business idea a reality with our Business Development Programme. We are here to guide and support you in setting out on the exciting prospect of starting and owning your own business. 

Offaly Local Development Company has been delivering this business development programme to people in Offaly and beyond for over 20 years. We support learners to explore their skills and business ideas, and we offer additional supports that enable you to reach your full potential and prepare for self employment.

This programme is a special C.E Scheme. It is 26 weeks in duration with one day per week classroom learning supported by live online support and one to one mentoring.

Application for participation on this programme must be submitted through a ‘Case Officer’ in the Department of Social Protection and standard CE rates will apply. 

Vacancies will be advertised on DEASP, Offaly Local Development Company, JobsIreland websites and social media.


Those interested in participating must have a business idea and be in receipt of a social welfare payment (standard CE qualifying period does NOT apply)

Further information

If you are interested in expressing your interest for a place on this programme please complete the Expression of Interest form HERE 

For further information download the Business Development Programme brochure below or contact:

Aileen Duffy

Business Development Programme Coordinator

Tel: 057 9322 850