Business Development Programme

Make your business idea a reality with OLDC Business Development programme, in collaboration with West Offaly Training. 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.

We do this by:

Continually reviewing and updating our programme to use the latest teaching and learning technologies Using a blended educational model of online, live collaboration, offline activities; classroom learning, assignments, one to one support and mentoring using modern technologies and teaching methods to encourage effective learning and engagement. Learners have full access to presentations, recordings and course work that you can access at a time that suits you.

Making participants aware of, and teaching the use of, the latest and most relevant business tools, especially to the new and small business owner. Currently we place a high emphasis on the value of Cloud Computing due to its accessibility, and small capital and overhead for the new business owner.

Our programme of education is built on the foundation of Offaly Local Development Company's principles and strategies which are inclusion, innovation, community, enterprise support and development.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable for those who are unemployed, have a business idea and are unsure where to start. Those interested in participating must have a business idea and be in receipt of a CE qualifying social welfare payment (standard CE qualifying period does NOT apply but you must meet specific criteria set out by DEASP)


This programme is a special C.E Scheme. 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 (standard CE qualifying period does NOT apply but you must meet specific criteria set out by DEASP ) Vacancies will be advertised on DEASP, Offaly Local Development, JobsIreland websites and social media.

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Business Coaching & Mentoring 

Business Coaching is available to people that have a business idea and want to explore the different options available to them. Coaching allows the client to examine these choices and come up with the best way forward based on the client's skills, expertise, commitment and available capital. 

Business coaching gives the client the opportunity to verbalise their fears and concerns and to make an informed decision as to whether or not they want to progress the idea further.

Business Mentoring is for people who want to progress their business idea. The process establishes if the client has the required skillset to progress the opportunity into a profitable business. The client is also supported to carefully put a business plan on paper that is realistic and manageable. 

This business plan may well act as a discussion document for potential investors into the business e.g. banks, credit unions or funding agencies. It will be a clearly thought out document with goals and targets based on research and will demonstrate a skillset that matches the requirements of the business needs.

For further information contact:
Tel. 057 9322 850